More Than This by Patrick Ness

Seth clearly remembers dying – drowning in the ocean, his head smashed in by a rock. So why is he awake? And where is he? And . . . where is everyone else? Seth wakes from death in what he believes is hell. He’s naked, alone, and the outside world is empty. Horrible memories of his past surface to haunt him – punishment, he believes, for mistakes he made in life. Seth must solve the mystery of this hell, must find an answer to his questions, or be trapped forever, doomed to relive the pain of his past.

This is probably the most weirdly amazing book I’ve read. The science fiction is fantastic, so if you’re a fan, this is a definite must-read. Even if you aren’t a big fan of sci-fi (which I’m not), it’s not so crazy technical or scienc-y that it’s boring or hard to read. Everything is incredibly believable — so much so that you might be wondering if this is where our world is headed. The twists in the novel will blow you away and leave you wanting more. It’s kind of a slow beginning, though, so hang in there — you’ll be glad you did!

However, as amazing as the novel is, the ending was a HUGE letdown for me. Mega cliffhanger. If you’re a reader that needs a nice, neat ending, this one may not satisfy you. But the rest of the book is so awesome that you should read it anyway 🙂

This one has a great book trailer!

Rating: 4/5

*YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2014

*The Kitschies Nominee for Red Tentacle (Novel), 2013

*ALA Rainbow List, 2013

For full analysis (including flags and SPOILERS), click here.

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