More Than This
More Than This, by Patrick Ness, follows Seth after he wakes up. This would seem normal, if only he hadn't died drowning prior. As you delve deeper into the plot, Seth discovers more about the ...
- Emotional Trauma3.0
- Re-Readability Measure2.8
More Than This, by Patrick Ness, follows Seth after he wakes up. This would seem normal, if only he hadn't died drowning prior. As you delve deeper into the plot, Seth discovers more about the supposed 'afterlife' he had landed himself in.
Disclaimer: There are some slight spoilers ahead! Nothing major is revealed, but the mystery of the first few chapters of the book are addressed in this review. You have been warned!
The plot of the novel, from beginning to end, was extremely entertaining. I never knew what to expect, and every twist was ground-breaking. It reminds me of a big conspiracy theory video; you think you know something, and then everything is taken a completely different direction.
I loved how you don't know the full story until the end, and then, all of a sudden, everything clicks. I had a big, 'AHAH!' moment! Though the story starts as a tale of self-discovery and finding out what is beyond life, it quickly turns into a science-fiction/mystery novel that continuously gets more intense as time wears on.
However, because of how quickly the plot moves and the story changes, things get confusing. When the characters realize things, I didn't, because the way they were explained left my mind muddled and lost.
Furthermore, the climax/resolution was so confusing. More Than This makes a point to say that sometimes things don't need to make sense to work, but still, I couldn't get past it. The book, to me, was left unfinished.
I had a few major problems with the characters in More Than This.
First, the only character that was well-developed was the main protagonist. Because the reader only knows Seth is the first hundred-or-so pages, I got to know him well, or at least, better than the other characters. The others were only defined by their appearances and the way that they died.
Additionally, none of the characters were necessarily likable. None of the them had any personality. Sure, they had their core traits and flaws, but there was very minimal character development. For the most part, the characters didn't have any sense of humor, or quirks. They weren't boring, per say, but they weren't intriguing, either.
Patrick Ness' writing was spectacular. His paragraphs were deep, moving, and thought-provoking. Though I didn't particularly enjoy the characters, the way he paced the novel, and the plot twists he incorporated were well-written.
If you enjoy the plot of a novel over the characters, then you will really enjoy this book. However, if you are like me, and find a book more worth reading because of the characters, I can't guarantee that this book will blow you away.