More Than This is a suspense filled story which starts off with the main character, Seth, waking up and finding himself alone with bruises all over his body. That too after he gets hit by the rocks in the ocean and dies. Yes, the main character dies on the very first page and then starts his story. The world Seth wakes up into seems familiar at first, but it's not. There is no one else except him and he sets off to figure out how he landed there.
This book is serious without being too heavy. While the overall concept is very serious, it has been balanced with the light and hilarious moments between our characters. Many things that happened in this book were totally unexpected: the creepy scene after first half of the book. Let me tell you, this book does not prepare you for such scenes, it just comes out of blue and leaves you thinking what the hell you just read. And that was me while reading almost entire book because this book has nothing but plot twists. And as if it wasn't enough, it throws some serious emotional stuff at you! God, just thinking about those scenes is making me sad!! This book will leave you with nothing but question marks at the end. And you will still love it.
More Than This is also very cleverly written. In this book there is a very thin line between reality and fiction. It makes you question reality and meaning of life. And trust me, you'd be thinking a lot about life and death while reading this book. I mean just this idea of waking up after dying sounds impossible, but Patrick Ness has not just made it believable, he has also come up with such brilliant ideas behind all this that you would never have imagined it. And maybe this is what the book is about: questions. Making you question about universe and life and all other things which you think are real. And I love the message behind this book. There were so many meaningful quotes and lines that if I started listing them down, I'd never be able to finish my review.
“You said we all want there to be more than this! Well, there's always more than this. There's always something you don't know.”
“Real life is only ever just real life. Messy. What it means depends on how you look at it. The only thing you’ve got to do is find a way to live there.”
“And love and care have all kinds of different faces, and within them, there’s room for understanding, and for forgiveness, and for more.”
“And still you make fun," Tomasz complains, "after I am saving your life. Again. So tell me please, your inntricate knowledge of Polish references. Yes, that would be most amusing. Long, long talk now about Polish language and the words Polish people use to feel in picturesque language."
"Where did you learn English? The 1950s?”
^^ The only thing I want to say for this quote is: Tomasz, you're the best! ♥
This is a YA book, but characters and the situations in this book are way beyond that. This book is also very fast paced. Despite being long, it always kept me at the edge of my seat and I didn't even for a moment felt bored. What surprised me the most was how even in this weird and not-so-normal situation, the author managed to build such a strong friendship between the protagonist and other characters. There was not a single scene which didn't felt important. Everything was connected and each action had its own meaning.
The climax of this book might not have been the best one I've read, but you know what? I didn't really care because this entire book has been such a memorable read that I just went with the flow and didn't think much about the ending. I knew something was going to happen because there have been so many reviews that at least I had an idea that the ending would be unexpected, and it surely was. You might have thought I would have gotten over it after writing about it so much in the first paragraph, but still I can't stop thinking about it! And to be honest, any other ending wouldn't have shocked me this much so I guess it was kind of a perfect ending for this book and the characters. Even though it meant that I couldn't stop thinking about it!
This was my first book by Patrick Ness and it's needless to say that I am picking up his other books as soon as I can! This was such an entertaining (also somewhat creepy) read that I would recommend it to everyone! This book is perfect and I assure you that you won't regret picking it up!