Patrick Ness – More Than This: Review

After reading the Chaos Walking Trilogy, I decided to try another of Patrick Ness’ novels. Little did I know that More Than This would possibly be the best book I’ve EVER read!


The book starts with a scene of a boy drowning. There is no introduction, just him slowly losing air and struggling to breath. As the book progresses, we learn a lot mre about his life and his personality through flashbacks and memories – his name is Seth Wearing and has had a traumatic past, and a seemingly worse future. After the waves finally conquer him with a fatal blow to his head, he dies. Or so Chapter 1 says. But that would be a pretty short and brutal book, no? So, like in any good story, there is a twist to the plot…

“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.” More Than This, Patrick Ness

He wakes up. Just like that. The remaining story includes his desperate attempts to discover the truth, his exploration of the desolate area, and… is that a sense of recognition? The book comes to a chilling conclusion, but I won’t spoil it for you. However, I think the ending was not very good and could have been improved.

It is a very well written book, and Patrick Ness’ style is very obvious after reading both this and his other books, the Chaos Walking trilogy. He likes to write as if the reader is thinking the text,  which is very engaing. I know it is said about a lot of books, but you really can’t put this book down. It has an incredible, yet believable plot, and despite the fact that it’s very unrealistic, it does make the reader believe what is going on and empathise wth the characters. Another plus point is that you don’t know what will happen next!

Finally, the thing I love most about this book is that it has so many lines that make you think; that can relate to you and to show you how to live your life. Here are some examples:

“There’s always beauty, if you know where to look.”

“Life does not have to go how you think it will,” Tomasz says. “Not even when you are very sure what is going to happen.

“No, life didn’t always go how you thought it might.
Sometimes it didn’t make any sense at all.
You’ve just got to find a way to live there anyway…”

“And love and care have all kinds of different faces, and within them, there’s room for understanding, and for forgiveness, and for more.”

“Know yourself and go in swinging.”

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