A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he 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 neighborhood 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, agonising 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 ...
©2013 Patrick Ness (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"[Ness has] outdone himself ... a terrific exemplar of the eternal teenage desire for there to be, in the words of the novel's title, "more than this" - more than a world in which prejudice and hypocrisy dictate how people should or shouldn't live their lives." (Guardian)
Surprised myself by really enjoying the 'Chaos Walking' trilogy, unlike its target audience (my children), and, buoyed by Simon Mayo's enthusiasm, plunged straight in here. And I persevered, as perserverence had paid with 'The Knife of...'. But when you no longer look forward to plugging in the headphones, it's time to give up. Self-regarding, Mitch Albom-esqe and ultimately uber-depressing. Not for me, I'm afraid.
Its not my favourite, but better than some I have listened too.
I liked the constant guessing - where is he? what is it all about?
Great book for OLDER children - wouldn't really reccomend for 11-13, unless thye are mature as there is a mature scene with the main character and his boyfriend in bed. It isn't graphic - but IMO, its not suitable for younger audiances.
I have heard a lot of hype for this book so I eventually caved in and got it and wasn't disappointed. I was hooked within a few chapters (nice bite sized ones too), the reader is brilliant, I would put this on par with Ready Player One.
The story was mesmerizing throughout with twists and turns you just don't expect. The style of the book makes you feel as though you are right there with the characters.
Nicks brings the charatcters to life, almost making them leap of the page as you listen.
I was hooked from chapter one and couldn't wait to get to the next chapter, wondering what twist the book will take next
highly recommended...a very good book which will leave you demanding a sequel!
I bought the audiobook by mistake having downloaded the Kindle book. I did not know what to expect but once I got into the story I stuck with it and got through in a few days. Uncertainty, reality, and life are dealt with in ingenious ways which makes for a fascinating read (or listen). I think it's supposed to be for young adults but I would recommend it for a much wider audience. I will explore other books by the author. Highly recommended
The feeling of anxiety the first chapters gave me. The awakening and the movement of the character in the new place was quite disturbing ..but made me want to know more.
Great read. Very unusual story, taking you through all the emotions and letting you wanting more ..
Its just as I imagined it would be reading the book!
big reveal in the grave yard >.<
know yourself and go in swinging!
My favorite book! True cry yourself silly, thought provoking and a story that stick with you i your heart! >.< Love it
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