More Than This book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies. More Than This is a young adult novel by Patrick Ness, published by Candlewick Press in The book begins with an account of a year-old boy, Seth Wearing, drowning. Afterwards, he finds himself in what he assumes to be a hell . Patrick Ness's new novel about love and survival has Tony Bradman hooked from the first line.
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More Than This by Patrick Ness, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Gripping story of a teen who confronts his own private hell. Read Common Sense Media's More Than This review, age rating, and parents guide. “Books are often described as 'mind-blowing,' but this is one of the few books in which, while reading it, I have exclaimed aloud, 'Oh. My. God.' on multiple.
The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value Readers will see how, in a deserted world, three teens learn to survive. Positive Messages Seth, who blames himself for his brother's tragedy, matures enough to believe in himself, show courage, gain a will to understand and forgive, and a desire to live.
Seth is brave and loyal to his new friends. Tomasz is wise and incredibly resourceful. Regine is tough but caring. Violence There's a great deal of violence, primarily on the part of the three teens who must battle with the "Driver" but also in scenes of their tragic memories.
There's a kidnapping, a suicide, and child abuse. The so-called Driver is an electronic creature that resembles a faceless human.
It's programmed to hunt down the fugitives and destroy them. It also burns property and injures the teens as they frantically try to flee from capture. Sex Some references to sex and a few explicit scenes between two teen boys, which are handled tastefully.
How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he is here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America.
But the neighbourhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him?
Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this His books contain crackling dialogue, suspenseful action, twisty plots and big ideas.
This novel toys with what we believe to be real, as teenage Seth drowns in the first chapter, only to wake up somewhere more complicated than an afterlife.
His experience changes his attitude to the life he knew in suburban England and in small-town America, which is gradually revealed in flashbacks.
With chapter endings so surprising you learn to hide the text rather than risk peeking ahead and spoiling the build-up, this is a story of friendship, danger, gay romance, child abduction, technology, guilt and hope.
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