Book Review: “More Than This”

Book eight of my 2019 Reading Challenge.

Patrick Ness’s More Than This

I know I’m a little (or a lot) bit behind. BUT, I’m still determined to finish the challenge.

So to start, another great book recommendation. More Than This has a wonderful story that focuses on love, loss and realizing what’s important in life.

Now the part of this book that I really enjoyed was the main character, Seth. Seth drowns and wakes up in an abandoned world that he believes is his own personal hell. It’s a sort of post-apocalyptic meets dreamland (hell-land?) where Seth finds himself alone, confused and upset with the world. His character development continues throughout the entire book which makes him relatable and keeps the story interesting.

The story unfolds as Seth learns how to survive in the desolate land and begins to remember his life before stepping into the ocean where he drowned. As Seth recalls more about his past he grows and without a clue of how to escape the place that’s all too familiar but also not the same as he remembers he begins to lose all hope. Seth learns about himself and his past up until the final chapters.

The plot thickened, became more complicated and kept me on my toes and wanting to read more and more after each chapter. I wanted to know what Seth was going to do next. His character was someone I sympathized with and wanted so much to help.

The novel continues on with surprises that I didn’t expect but also some that were almost too expected. I really enjoyed reading Patrick Ness’s novel until the ending. It was such a well put together plot with twists and turns and attention-grabbing structure that the lackluster ending left me wanting more.

I still highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys distopian-style stories. I really enjoyed it and will certainly look into some of Ness’s other novels.

Stay tuned for my next book review: The Magician’s Nephew book one in The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Yes, I haven’t read them yet. I have an old Scholastic book set of the series from elementary school. Better late than never right?

Or it could be Not Quite What I Was Planning by Famous and Obscure Writers

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