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More Than This

by Patrick Ness


For someone who doesn’t read Dystopian novels, this is my second one this year – ‘Station Eleven’ being the first. This, however, is beyond Dystopia and I was hooked. The story follows Seth as he tries to come to terms with his ‘death’; he drowns and wakes up in an abandoned land but in a familiar house. Is he in the afterlife or is he somewhere completely different?  There are many twists and I don’t want to give away any plot details, but basically, Seth tries to find out where he is and why he is there and we see flashbacks of his life before he drowned.

As a YA novel, it not only introduces some philosophical ideas, it also covers topics such as loss, guilt and sexuality.

The book is well written and even though it leaves you with lots of unanswered questions, that is not a failing. It leaves you wanting more than this!