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More Than This Hardcover – 5 Sep 2013
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Ness, who won the Carnegie Medal two years running, has a talent for combining philosophical profundity and punchy prose. His books contain crackling dialogue, suspenseful action, twisty plots and big ideas. This novel toys with what we believe to be real, as teenage Seth drowns in the first chapter, only to wake up somewhere more complicated than an afterlife. His experience changes his attitude to the life he knew in suburban England and in small-town America, which is gradually revealed in flashbacks. With chapter endings so surprising you learn to hide the text rather than risk peeking ahead and spoiling the build-up, this is a story of friendship, danger, gay romance, child abduction, technology, guilt and hope. --The Sunday Times
Ness deals sensitively with themes of love and race in this post-apocalyptic tale --Family Traveller
Heart-breaking, emotional and dark. It's a story about love, forgiveness, friendship, hope and the unbelievable. It's a book that you'll invest time in and that will have your attention long after the last page is read trust me. --Luna's Little Library Book of the Month
"[Ness has] outdone himself ... a terrific exemplar of the eternal teenage desire for there to be, in the words of the novel's title, "more than this" – more than a world in which prejudice and hypocrisy dictate how people should or shouldn't live their lives." (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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I was frustrated by the opening, which I was finding confusing until the story really kicked in. Then, I realised the confusion was appropriate; it was what Ness wanted. From there onwards the story kept me hooked until a similarly frustrating ending. Again, it could be nothing else. This is a story begging to be made into a film.
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Hard one to review as I was really enjoying it until it got to the reveal then I found it quite tough going. Certainly thought provoking & glad I persevered.Read more
I bought this book a few years ago and struggled to get past the second chapter. I eventually set it aside and came back to it a month ago when I was lost for something to read...Read more
I had picked this book up when I was about twelve years old, and I was SO glad I hadn't began to read it until I was fourteen, otherwise I wouldn't have understood it as much as I...Read more
It was interesting at times a wee bit confusing too but overall not a bad read, I would read other books from this author
I have a very specific list of existential anxieties and More Than This checks off all of the boxes.Read more