Review : More Than This, Patrick Ness

A little warning beforehand : this review is going to be short, first of all, because I absolutely don’t want to spoil any single thing about this book ; and, second of all, well… because I still have NO IDEA what I just read. Seriously, I just, don’t. I’ve heard so much about Patrick Ness, heard that his books were kind of mind-blowing, and all sorts of praise about it. Even starting with this, I couldn’t expect to read a book like this. I was completely blown away. I still don’t know right now if this one will end up on my favorite’s shelf, because I’m still thinking about WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED in this book. It’s the weirdest book I’ve read in a while, honestly, and it’s surely going to left a mark.

“You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there’s always more than this. There’s always something you don’t know.”

I’m not going to develop the plot, or even all the key points of this story, because I really don’t want to spoil you anything about it. The pleasure of reading this, is that I read absolutely no kind of spoilers on it, and so I was totally intrigued, right from the start. For starters, it’s a great concept, and it gets more and more bizarre as we go, and even more original. Seriously, just this synopsis : “A boy drowns. He dies. The he wakes, bruised, thirsty, and, ALIVE. How can this be?” I’ve never read anything quite like this before.  My head is still swirling from all the informations of this story. The beauty of this? Everytime you think you’ve figured it out, you don’t. Know where the boy is? Know what’s really happening? What is going to happen, next? Well, no. You think it’s okay, there can’t be, more than this, but there is. There’s always more to the story, more than you can even begin to imagine. And that’s the beauty of this plot. You’re confused. You’re lost. The author makes you second-guess everything, right from the beginning, to the very last page of this book.

“Oh, forget it,” he says with feeling. “Nobody knows anything.”

More than this is probably not made for everyone : it can get frustrating, at times. This whole game the author manages to create. Because I took it like a game : I was the main character, I was lost in this world, I was wondering what is happening, where I am, even who I am. I, personally, absolutely loved the way the author keeps us guessing, right until the end. One piece of the puzzle comes in, then another, but it still doesn’t make a whole picture. Something’s always missing, there’s always more than this. If you easily get frustrated by not having every answer, don’t pick up this book. I, for this suspense you’re kept in, found it amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it, and, when I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I was carried away by the author’s beautiful writing. It’s fast-paced, but it’s still very keen on emotions. In short, everything I love. Action doesn’t take over the emotions, or vice versa, the combinaison is perfect. I really enjoyed the characters, they’re very endearing, and, most of all, they are very real, they felt real in every emotion they had, and the way they dealt with what was coming in their way. I loved their growth during the entire story.

The ending leaves you thinking… about so many things, about life in general… I’m not going to say more. That’s the power of this book, how it makes you think until the very last page. This is a story that belongs to its reader. I’ll be haunted by More than this for a long, long time. Honestly, John Green is right (see the cover of the book) : Just. Read. It. Totally original in the young-adult genre, this book is certainly unforgettable. Let me know if you’ve read it, so we can talk about it! I can’t wait to check out more books by Patrick Ness. And I hope to be amazed, too.

Patrick Ness, More than this, published by Walker Books Ltd, September 10th 2013.


A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

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