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More Than This

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From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world. A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 08, 2013 – Seth Wearing, age 16, dies in the opening pages of this complex, ambitious novel from Ness (A Monster Calls) and, arguably, that isn t the worst thing that happens to him. After drowning, Seth awakens in the suburban London neighborhood where he lived before his family relocated to the Pacific Northwest. The old neighborhood is now a dust-covered ruin; there is no noise, no electricity, and, at first, not another soul around. Is this hell? A tortured dream? Seth s search for understanding requires Ness to move between the unsettling present and Seth s past, slowly revealing his sad childhood, his awful mother, and the bright spot in his young life his relationship with schoolmate Gudmund. When even that romance ended in sorrow, Seth grasped for a reason to live. The Matrix-like science fiction elements of the story are somewhat fuzzy, and even the characters continually question the logic of the circumstances they are stuck in. But Ness s exploration of big questions specifically Seth s yearning to find out if life will ever offer more than the rotten hand he s been dealt will provide solace for the right readers. Ages 14 up.

Customer Reviews

This story uncovers an awareness you will have never expected.

This story is very much written in false truths and realities that are constantly questioned. It is confusing and sometimes a lot to take in at one time, but it is amazingly inspirational and eye-opening. This story caused me to think about things and my own life, in ways I had never thought about before. Definitely read this book and enjoy all it's daring ideas, and hopeful comfort it will give about our existence. I hope it will cause you to question and wonder as it has now done to me. This book is great and I encourage you to read it. Hopefully you will like it.

Hated this book

Was not impressed with this book whatsoever. And it was a waste of my money and time. If you are into books that have no absolute point to them whatsoever then this is the book for you. I was honestly hoping this book would get better but it was a drag the first 400 pages.

Beautifully Poignant

The book raises philosophical questions about what each of us wants out of life when our expectations aren’t in line with reality. Or is any of it real at all?

More Than This
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  • Category: Dystopian
  • Published: Sep 10, 2013
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Seller: Candlewick Press, Inc.
  • Print Length: 480 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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