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Here is the boy, drowning,
This review is from: More Than This (Hardcover)
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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 for survival.
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 . Of course Patrick Ness has form - his Chaos Walking trilogy (which I haven't read yet, though I loved The Crane Wife) has won many awards and I think he may be onto a winner with this one too. The ending is very ambiguous and open (almost frustratingly so), but if, as I hope, there's a sequel and perhaps also further instalments on the way, then this beguiling and thought-provoking novel has certainly whetted my appetite.
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Initial post: 19 May 2014, 08:40:33 BST
please forgive my ignorance, but what does YA stand for? (I'm feeling 'out of the loop')
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2014, 10:36:34 BST
YA stands for young adult, ie roughly the 16 - 25 age group.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2014, 15:07:03 BST
Thank you Denise4891. Now I feel really stupid! Haha
Posted on 31 Mar 2015, 00:23:32 BST
Last edited by the author on 31 Mar 2015, 00:25:41 BST
Good thing I didn't read this review before I read the book, otherwise I would have had several major plot points ruined for me.
Thanks for writing this anyway though; you raise some good points.
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