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More Than This

More Than This [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Ness
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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.

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A boy called 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 is 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 neighbourhood 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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1793 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (5 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EOR0MD0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy - The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men - for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the BookTrust Teenage Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here is the boy, drowning 20 Oct 2013
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When we first meet 17 year old Seth Wearing he's not in a good place, in fact he's drowning in a freezing, raging sea, his head and shoulder smashed on jagged rocks. But then Seth wakes up ....

And what a world he wakes up in. Despite moving to America with his family eight years earlier, Seth finds himself back in his childhood home in England. However, the familiarity ends there; he is alone in a barren, desolate landscape where everything is encased in dust and weeds and he has to forage for food and supplies in deserted shops. Seth's waking nightmare soon turns into a battle for survival and on the way he meets two fellow young travellers, Regine and Tomasz, who are equally scared and damaged, but also brave and determined in their fight against the menacing figure of the `The Driver', a terrifying, robotic figure encased in black, which seems to be able to anticipate their every move.

The story of how they came to be in this twilight world is gradually revealed and it's an inventive and pretty complex one. As you would expect in a modern YA novel there are topical themes such as race, immigration and sexuality, and Ness weaves these into his poetic narrative seamlessly, with no hint of banner waving or political correctness. Despite their tragic backgrounds, Regine and Tomasz bring some much needed light, humour and friendship into Seth's life, and Seth himself is a very endearing and sympathetic figure, carrying a burden of guilt which no-one his age should have to bear and still wrestling with the demons and broken heart which led to him to his watery grave.

Although I'm not much of a YA or Sci-Fi reader, I love a good post-apolcolyptic, dystopian story and this is certainly one of the better ones I've read recently .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment. 2 Aug 2014
I saw "Just read it" recommendation by John Green on the cover of "More Than This" and I just had. And no, it was not as provocative and moving novel as I hoped. Okay, there is a gay 16 year old, a "big" African-American girl and a Polish kid thrown together in what seems like a post-apocalyptic world (and maybe it is). But their struggle for survival and challenges they face were not as thrilling and exciting as I was led to believe by a number of reviews. The first part of the book (which lasts until page 175) was incredibly slow moving and not a page-turner I was hoping to read (indeed, it took me a week to get to the Part 2 of the book, where things started to move a bit!).

The setting is bleak, the dialogues uninspiring, the characters (perhaps aside from the main hero) one-dimensional and the narrative is repetitive - I got seriously bored with "they hear the engine of the van start up all over again" (yes, "all over again", and over and over again). Perhaps "More Than This" meant to present its audience with lots of questions about life and death etc. but it felt like an incomplete idea. I give the book 2 stars, because the notion of acceptance (of people regardless of their age, background, sexual orientation, physique and race) was very well executed. Other than that - there is no real story, and what there is of a story goes nowhere and in the end we are not any wiser. The most exciting bit is when the boy dies... And then lives. It happens in the first 3 pages.

P.S. Spoiler alert! "More Than This" reminded me of Surrogates [DVD] the film of a few years ago, starring Bruce Willis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian worth 6 stars.... 18 Nov 2013
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Imagine waking up in a world you sort of remember, but is not yours. Seth is drowning. He dies. He wakes. And he lies, on the pavement, outside a house he lived in until he was eight. Everything around him is covered in a thick layer of dust; he is naked apart from a few bandage type things wrapped around his trunk and legs, the house looks sort of familiar, but he knows his family emigrated to the US some years previously, so why are things that should be in America in this house? There is no electricity, nothing is working, the tap does not run and he is oh so thirsty - and outside all is silent.

This is the start of Seth's adventure, and the start of a book that hooked me in from the very beginning, for I was as desparate as Seth to find out who? where? why? I felt much empathy towards this 16 year old, alone in a very strange place, with no human contact. It must be what people who are shipwrecked feel like, but with a difference, for there are clothes shops to pilfer, and some food is still available if you can use a tin opener (for it is obvious that whenever this is happening, its been happening for several years).

To say more about the story itself would give away too much, but imagine what is wrong with the world, imagine things you do every day being the cause of his loneliness, imagine ... well, just imagine what you might think, what you might do.

I first came across Patrick Ness when I read A Monster Calls, a book he finished from the notes of the late Siobhan O'Dowd; a different style to my usual reads, and a clever way of dealing with a tricky subject. What an imagination Ness has. I know, in another book of his (The Knife of Never Letting Go) that there is a talking dog - got to read that one very very soon!
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Wow. All of my expectations for this book went out of the window when reading More Than This, finally a book with original characters delving into the darker more vulnerable side... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Captivating and thought provoking, if not a little far fetched at times. But I never wanted to put it down and didn't want it to finish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I love this book. I love this book so much. I remember the days (not too long ago) when you had to compromise on writing if you wanted to read books with LGBT characters. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Alison Wadsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating But Flawed Tale
Seventeen-year-old Seth drowns; in fact his action is deliberate. He wants to escape the horror of his existence. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Ingram
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-apolcolyptic thriller crossed with teenage anxt.
I was recommended this book and all i knew is that started with a teenager dying. The first few pages, seemed a bit teenage... but carry on reading as this has some amazing twists. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura Snora
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I procrastinated about buying this book for some time.... The worst collection of words ever put together. Shocking pointless. Time of my life I'm never going to get back. Read more
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