Thursday, July 14, 2016

More Than This by Patrick Ness

After reading the Chaos Trilogy, I couldn't wait to read more by Patrick Ness.
So when I found this book, More Than This, I immediately had to buy it. But then, you know how it goes with bookworms, I also found other nice books to read or I had to read something for school and I never got around doing it until recently...
This book is something in some way similar to the Chaos Walking Trilogy - a kid who needs to survive on his own - but also something entirely different!
I'm really glad I got to read this one by Ness and got to see a different side of his writing!


Seth drowns.
But then he wakes up. He's naked, alone, thirsty and starving - alive.
He remembers actually dying, so how did he end up here then? Where is here?
It all seems so familiar but he just can't place it.
Is this his own personal hell? Or is there more than that?

My Opinion

Rating: 9.5/10

Wow wow wow!
Ness has really done it again - this book was amazing, fascinating, mindblowing!
I didn't expect anything different, though; having read the Chaos Walking Trilogy, I was pretty sure that his other books would be just as great or greater! 
But just wow - this was something really different, so deep and mysterious. It really forced me to think while reading, which reminds of books by Marcus Sedgwick - which I absolutely adore by the way - and that gave me a boost to keep on reading; there's more to this story than may seem at first (hey hey - title reference hihihi).

First of all, I'm ought to say this, since that fact has blown my mind even more - the story is incredible simple.
Really, though, if you would just look at the storyline without thinking about the (philosophical) meaning to it and the actual content, you might think that it's a wonder how this book can be this good.
The first part is basically more than hundred pages or so filled with a naked guy trying to survive in abandoned world, getting these flashbacks that don't make too much sense to him; then, in the second part, something happens and this is the only big thing that happens in another hundred pages or so; in the third part happens a bit more but those flashbacks are still a bit vague and then at the end of the fourth things get crazy and clearer but not really.
Like how could this book have amazed me then?!
I'll tell you what - I REALLY HAVE NO IDEA. Especially as I'm writing this down, I'm thinking again - how did he do it? How?

But that's the thing - the fact that I don't how he made such a vague, simple story something so good makes it an even better book! It shows us what kind of incredible talent Ness has for writing - he gives so much depth to such a simple story by using simple language, simple feeling, simple characters.
He uses flashbacks that follow an entirely different story, not at all relevant to this boy's situation, but manages to make it fit in the story. In some way it does affect how our main character changes and how the main character acts.

Furthermore, I find it amazing how obviously the title seems to come back in this book. We start out with a naked dude in an absolutely abandoned world with almost nothing but woods and broken houses and then as we further progress to the story there is something and that something leads to more something, to so much more than you would think at the beginning! THERE WAS INDEED MORE THAN THIS!

I can understand that this review may seem vague and chaotic, perhaps, but the thing is: you just have to read it. The best way to read this book is by not knowing to much about it - it really makes it a much more fascinating and cool reading experience, especially the ending and the overall message will be literally mindblowing - like: WHAAATTT???
I say it's a simple story, but it's not easy to follow: like I said before; th book forces you to think about its simplicity.

Yeah, that would've worked too. :P

Well, that's it for this blog post!
Until the next one, then! :)

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