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

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

Find it here

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

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Book review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

I’ve come to expect nothing less than excellence from Patrick Ness, but More Than This exceeded even my highest expectations.  Beautifully written and masterfully executed, Ness has delivered a thought-provoking existential tale which adds new depth to a rather overused science fiction trope.

I almost don’t want to write this review, because like so many of Ness’ books, More Than This is the kind of story best appreciated by the reader who goes in knowing as little about the plot as possible.  I will say that I wholeheartedly recommend it to absolutely any fan of any branch of speculative fiction. More Than This is a little bit like a chameleon in that the nature of the story twists and turns, constantly reshaping itself, and even the genre seems to shift as the reader learns more about the world Ness has created. More Than This will appeal to fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dystopia.

There’s even something for fans of contemporary realistic fiction - although Ness’ protagonist finds himself alone in a strange world that he believes to be the afterlife, throughout the novel, his memories of the trials he faced in the ordinary life he left behind are what drives him forward.  Ness’ characters are the victims of very real hardships, and his understanding of the complexity of human nature is second to none.

And if you’re looking to diversify your shelves, look no further. The characters of More Than This are wonderfully diverse and nuanced. Ness’ protagonist is a gay teenager, and though his sexuality does shape his story, it doesn’t define him. It’s a testament to Ness’ characterisation that he is able to hold the reader’s attention with only one character throughout the entirety of the first section of the book.

I can’t say it enough: I recommend More Than This to absolutely everybody who enjoys speculative fiction.

Publisher: Walker Books
Rating: 5 stars | ★★★★★
Review cross-posted to Goodreads

Buy on Amazon: US | UK

More Than This by Patrick Ness

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