More Than This by Patrick Ness | Review

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Pages: 472 pages
Source: Netgalley/Candlewick
Rating: 5 out of 5

I went into More Than This with sky-rocketing expectations. If you all know me, you know that I love Patrick Ness’s stories. More than love– as in he’s pretty much my favorite author ever. I was honest to goodness scared to death (with a hollow pit in my stomach) to pick this story up; I was that nervous. Would it disappoint me?

And the answer turned out to be a big fat no. Because a few pages in and I knew there was no way this book was going to be a letdown. In fact, after reading the last beautiful word in More Than This, I practically bawled my eyes out. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one heck of a gorgeous story. In attempt to express my (in)coherent thoughts, I’m going to list a few points:

First off, don’t read the synopsis, or try avoid all synopsis descriptions in reviews as much as possible. I went into this story not knowing much at all, and that was pretty much the best part. I didn’t have a clue what genre this book was, and trust me, that makes the experience 110% better. There’s this clawing curiosity throughout the whole book, and I found myself asking tons of question, but I was also happy that things were so mysterious.

Also, the characters in this story are just as real, raw, and relatable as they can possibly be. I fell in love with the male protagonist Seth immediately. He is confused and lost at the start, but by the end he is a strong boy who knows the world. And more importantly, how to live it.

Lastly, the overall message that is revealed in the end is absolutely uplifting and in some ways, surprising. I don’t want to say what it is (obviously), but I can say that it leaves the book on a very good note.

This review is so short, but I really am speechless by Patrick Ness’s latest work for YA readers. It’s deep, profound, and touching on a whole new level. More Than This is, without a doubt, is one of my favorite books of 2013. *clutches heart* This is a must-read!

rating system 5 out of 5

7 thoughts on “More Than This by Patrick Ness | Review”

  1. Okay, I've heard nothing but compliments and rave reviews on this book. I'm convinced. The characters sound wonderful, and it's one of your favorite books of the year? I need a copy of this book – stat. Glad you liked it!


  2. Yessss I totally agree with you! I LOVED this one too. 🙂 Like you said in your first paragraph, it is totally better going into this book knowing nothing… when I read it, I didn't know the blurb or anything, I just requested it because I LOVE Patrick Ness! I think the book would have been soooo different if I had known stuff about it beforehand! 🙂


  3. Oh you have me really curious about this now! I won't read the book description yet if it's better going in without any expectations. I can't wait to give it a try. I haven't actually read anything by Ness before, though I've heard nothing but good things. Fantastic review, Jen! 🙂


  4. I've never read a Ness book and I know nothing about this other then it's meant to be amazing… So I should totally read More Than This. I love the cover and it's such a beautiful looking book. I really want to read it now, you've got me all excited. Great review Jen!


  5. Eep, Jen!! This is the best, because you know Patrick Ness is one of my favourite authors ever, too! But umm, I still haven't found the time to read this, despite getting approved for an eGalley and despite the book having been published for approaching a month now. I suck. But I really can't wait until I can find the time! I'm glad I never really read the synopsis with much detail – because I know you're right about going into the story blind! Really great review!!


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