More Than This, by Patrick Ness, is an interesting book. Indeed, by its title, you would think that there was more to the book than what it appears to be about. Or you might think that the main character would be seeking something more than the life he or she has been given. You might even think that the theme—the underlying story, if you will—is that we all need to recognize that there’s more to this life than what we think there is. If you read this book and thought any one of those things, you would be right…in a way. It’s a book that some would say is slow-moving and simplistic, the story of a teenage boy who wakes up in a place he’s not supposed to be who strives to make sense of his environment. But you don’t have to think about it much to realize that its message is more than that, a deep message about life.
What Is More Than This About?
Seth drowns, desperate and alone. But then he wakes. Naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. And where is he? The street seems familiar, but everything is abandoned, overgrown, covered in dust. He remembers dying, his skull bashed against the rocks. Has he woken up in his own personal hell? Is there more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?
Anyone who likes good writing, the kind that sweeps you along like a gust of summer wind, the kind found in books like The Giver by Lois Lowry or If I Stay by Gayle Forman, will like More Than This. If you’ve read The Knife of Never Letting Go, also by Patrick Ness, you’ll probably like More Than This too, although it’s a different kind of book. Know that there are sci-fi-ish elements like those in Ready Player One by Earnest Cline, and dystopian elements like in Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. I can’t tell you what they are because that would give away a good portion of the plot.
What’s The Deal?
You can get a used copy of More Than This through Thriftbooks.com for $4.89.
Nutrition Facts, Anyone?
Serving size: 480 pages (print), 5430 locations (ebook)
Swear words (d*, f*, sh*, g*d*): 70
Incidences of violence (suicide, murder, death): ~15
positive themes (familial effort & love, charity): ~7
negative themes (selfishness, criminality, meanness): 3-5 big ones
gay characters/mentions: 1 (m.c.)
other (mention of masturbation): 1