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Under The Mountain

Reviewing books since 2010. Obsessive dystopia fan.

More Than This

More Than This - Patrick Ness There are a lot of books out there. Romance books, books about superheroes. Average books and amazing books. And then, once in a while, you get a book like More Than This. A book so unique, so perfect, that it stays with you forever and nothing quite lives up to it. Quite simply, this book blew. my. mind.

The problem with books like More Than This is that it's really hard to do them justice when reviewing, but I will try my best. It's a philosophical book, questioning what could happen after death, but I never really felt that it was trying to do that when I was reading. However, it did make me think of what I would do if I was Seth, having woken up in a familiar but barren landscape with no people around. Obviously, I'd set up camp in Waterstones but that's besides the point.

I had a lot of questions in my head while reading this too. Seth wakes up from death, something that he could not possibly come back from and yet he's thirsty, he's exhausted, he's hungry and he really needs to pee. All things that you would not expect in the afterlife. I did think that he might be in purgatory for a long time and indeed, he might have been. Honestly, I'm not sure on that part.

Every time Seth sleeps he gets vivid flashbacks to his old life. It was a pretty tough one and I hated his parents, particularly his mother. Through no fault of his own when he was young, his brother was snatched at the age of four and has needed special care ever since, something Seth's parents blame him for, despite them leaving him and his brother alone at the time. To make things worse, he and his best friend Gudmund have just been found out to be gay - and together. Seth's mom is freaking out about it and using it as an excuse to have another go at Seth. That woman made me so stabby.

I don't want to say too much about this book, and I think John Green's recommendation at the top of the cover sums it up perfectly - 'Just read it.' The cover is perfect and really makes sense when you've read the book. I haven't read the Chaos Walking trilogy yet but after reading this I'm going to start hunting down the copies that I know are in my house somewhere. If you see this, buy it. Please.