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More Than This
ISBN: 9780763662585
Author: Ness, Patrick
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
Published: September 2013
Retail: $19.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Awakening inexplicably in the suburban English town of his early childhood after drowning, Seth is baffled by changes in the community and suffers from agonizing memories that reveal sinister qualities about the world around him.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Drowning; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013039639
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.25" L x 1.50" W
Bargain Category: High School, Chapter Books
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): trick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
As the novel opens, Seth drowns; he wakes up in a world like his own, but seemingly without people. He wanders until he finds two other teens and together they try to make sense of their lives, their apparent deaths, and their current warped reality. Ness is a good storyteller and an interesting prose stylist, but the world-building here is too enigmatic.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2013 #6)
In the wake of The Lovely Bones, a subgenre of young adult novels was born wherein a dead protagonist moves on to the afterlife for the real action of the story, and Ness's latest novel fits neatly into this relatively recent tradition. What sets his apart is that the world-building, rather than becoming increasingly clearer, instead remains an enigma that puzzles and perplexes the characters—not to mention the reader. As the novel opens, Seth violently drowns in the ocean; he soon wakes up in a world like his own, but seemingly without people. Painful memories plague him: the abduction of his younger brother in the distant past and more recent ones of the fallout from his romantic relationship with another boy. He wanders for awhile—a long while—before he finds two other teens, Regine and Tomasz. Together, they dodge the mysteriously dangerous Driver while trying to make sense of their lives, their apparent deaths, and their current warped reality. Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy; A Monster Calls, rev. 9/11) is not only a good storyteller but an interesting prose stylist, and his latest effort is as provocative as ever. Nevertheless, the gay subplot lacks satisfactory resolution, and the overwritten third-person present-tense narration makes the novel feel more important than it really is; consequently, the audience for this book narrows considerably from Ness's previous work. jonthan hun Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 July #2)

Seth Wearing, age 16, dies in the opening pages of this complex, ambitious novel from Ness (A Monster Calls) and, arguably, that isn't the worst thing that happens to him. After drowning, Seth awakens in the suburban London neighborhood where he lived before his family relocated to the Pacific Northwest. The old neighborhood is now a dust-covered ruin; there is no noise, no electricity, and, at first, not another soul around. Is this hell? A tortured dream? Seth's search for understanding requires Ness to move between the unsettling present and Seth's past, slowly revealing his sad childhood, his awful mother, and the bright spot in his young life—his relationship with schoolmate Gudmund. When even that romance ended in sorrow, Seth grasped for a reason to live. The Matrix-like science fiction elements of the story are somewhat fuzzy, and even the characters continually question the logic of the circumstances they are stuck in. But Ness's exploration of big questions—specifically Seth's yearning to find out if life will ever offer more than the rotten hand he's been dealt—will provide solace for the right readers. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 August)

Gr 9 Up—This haunting and consistently surprising novel raises deep questions about what it means to be alive, but it doesn't try to console readers with easy or pat answers. As the story opens, teenage Seth is experiencing his own death in painful detail. In the next chapter, he wakes up physically weak, covered in bandages and strange wounds, and wonders if he is in Hell or the future or somewhere else entirely. As he tries to survive in and make sense of his strange yet familiar surroundings, he is plagued by intense flashbacks of his life before he died: his guilt over the tragedy that befell his little brother, his burgeoning romance with another boy in his small town, and the events that led to his (dubious) death. Upon discovering two other young people in the blighted place he's landed, Seth begins to learn the Matrix-like truth about what has happened to the rest of humanity, how he can escape, and whether he even wants to. The intense themes in this novel make it more appropriate for older teens, but the language and sexual scenarios are clear, relevant, and neither graphic or gratuitous. A delicate balance between dystopian survival and philosophical grappling means that many different kinds of readers should appreciate the story.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City

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