A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?
From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.
This was the first book I read in 2016. Also, I received it as a present from a friend on Christmas, so it had to be special <3.
Moreover, this was the first book of Patrick Ness that I read. And, needless to say, I had high hopes.
The writing style of this book was pretty much something I have never read before. If you are expecting this book to belong to a single genre, then you are definitely expecting less. It is an unusual blend of a lot of genres, like contemporary, sci-fi, or even horror, at times. It is a mind-boggling book that will definitely make you question your own existence.
Seth, a sixteen year old teenager, wakes up in the middle of nowhere after supposedly ‘dying’. With no one around, Seth embarks on a journey to explore this unusual mystery of where he is and what is this life, or ‘afterlife’ is about. He is baffled by the fact that the place where he suddenly woke up, or ‘re-incarnated’ after dying, has a striking resemblance to his past. Bruised, hurt, confused, and probably dead, Seth continues on his path to find answers to innumerable questions that flood his mind.
This book isn’t one of those reads, that I finish in a single sitting. After turning through the first few pages of the book, you will definitely pause for some time and think about what you just read. It definitely has a philosophical touch to its style. I took my time with the book, thinking about what is going on, maintaining my pace with Seth. The rate at which the story unfolds is slow, as the first few chapters, or, the first part (out of the four parts) of the book is just dedicated to exploring the new place. With something new happening on every page, this book is definitely the one that keeps its readers hooked.
The character development is slow, based on my opinion. Half of the book is based on the protagonist solely. The other half introduces new characters, and that is where the muddled world of Seth starts making sense. Then there is Regine, with her scars and Tomasz, with his innocence, who give direction to Seth’s journey. Seth’s family issues, perturbed love life and the struggle he goes through haunts him throughout the story. But, his life is definitely More Than This.
I gave this book, 4/5 stars after giving it a lot of thought. And I would definitely recommend it to all the readers. Specially because, it is a fresh read. Also because it is something you would have never read before. Something that will leave you dumbstruck!
Haven’t you ever felt like there has to be more? Like there’s more out there somewhere, just beyond your grasp, if you could only get to it…
If you feel like giving it a try, click on any of the links down below and get your copy today! 🙂
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