- Friday, 24 October 2014 -
Book Review: More Than This - Patrick Ness
Hello my lovelies! With my free time dwindling due to my ever-growing amount of university work, I've only allowed myself to indulge in a few select reads. More Than This piqued my interest from the very start and quite literally left me staring quizzically at a wall for half an hour after I'd finished it. I still can't quite put my finger on what genre I'd categorise it as - it's riddled with dystopian motifs yet it entertains an almost sci-fi theme. However, don't let that deter you, as it's FAR from aliens invading a post apocalyptic world. As the title suggests, it's a thought provoking peek into human existentialism - questioning the nature of our tiny human lives and our role in experiencing them, basically this book explores the concept of what happens to us when we die. Deep right?
Usually, it's a complete cliché to say something like "it gripped me from the start" because generally it takes some time for a book to build a relationship with it's reader. However, from the very first page, I was hooked as we're greeted by a grisly scene: a young boy (named Seth) is drowning. And from then on, a morbid curiosity pulls me and drives me to continue reading. Seth succumbs to his fate and dies, however he doesn't really because he stirs himself and wakes up in a curious, barren land. From there, he begins to piece together what has happened, only ever gaining insight when he dreams, experiencing the memories of his past life. Distressing memories of his family and friends rouse his identity; his name is Seth and he is definitely in Hell. However these ruminations are interrupted when finds life in this lifeless place - Regine and Tomascz.
It's no coincidence that this novel has been likened to The Matrix and all its complexities, as Regine explains to Seth her theory of where they are. This was the exact moment where my brain imploded and thoughts and questions and theories started flooding my mind. Not wanting to disclose any spoilers, I won't go any further however I do urge you to READ THIS BOOK. It's unlike anything I've ever came across before, it has surprised, confused, educated and intrigued me (like right now I'm actually looking up philosophical theories regarding life and death on Wikipedia). It's a darkly fascinating read with humorous quips woven in here and there to break the books intensity. Can I really say that this was the perfect read? You decide, and read it now!