Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More Than This by Patrick Ness Review

Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Series: N/A
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An amazing, breathtaking novel about redemption, friendship, and death, I loved More Than This--one of my favorite reads of all time, hands down, bar none!

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A boy wakes up in purgatory, hell, or limbo. Stuck in the in-between, realizing that he has passed away, he realizes that he is alone. Struggling to remember what happened to him and how he got there, he discovers that he is not alone after all, and he must team up with his new friends to discover his past, and his way to forgiving himself..

What I enjoyed:
-I loved the writing style, creepy and cutthroat, heartbreaking and gut-wrenching--this book completely wrung out my heart like a used sponge--and I've discovered that this is signature for Ness
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--once I was sucked in, from the very first chapter, I couldn't put it down
-Seth, the sweet, confused boy who wakes up in a world he thought was his own--and his journey--his character development as I read made me cry more than once, and my heart broke for him
-Regine, the tough, angry, bitter young woman who ends up becoming Seth's friend on the other side, who does everything to protect her friends--I really enjoyed her, and seeing how she ended up with Seth was heartbreaking in every way
-Tomasz, the sweet little boy who clings to Regine like a child to their parent--I highly enjoyed him as well, especially with the colorful Polish curse words
-I love the way this spine-tingling, nail-biting novel pulled no punches--I felt like I was constantly getting mind-screwed, in a way that I really liked--there's not an author out there like Ness today
-The vibrant cast of characters that surrounds Seth, Gudmund in particular
-The creepy world that our three heroes find themselves trapped in
-The ending--it was simply perfect

What could've been better:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking novel! Highly recommended!

I loved, loved, loved More Than This--a new, all time favorite that I will treasure forever! Next on deck: Dream Boy by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg!

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