More Than This by Patrick Ness: Mind Equals Blown

Title:more than this More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: YA thriller/sci-fi/dystopian/I don’t even know how to categorise this book

Length: 480 pages

Published by: Walker Books

Source: received for review (THANKS, WALKER BOOKS, I LOVE YOU)


“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 occasions … Just read it.” 
John Green

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?




Yeah, so um, if you haven’t already figured out, this book KIND OF blew my mind. So let’s start with plot, because that’s the most memorable part of this book.

It’s very hard to categorise this type of book into a genre. It crosses into several genres, and that’s really exciting to me. For some reason. There are elements of sci-fi, dystopia and thriller, and lots of philosophy, and…yeah, it’s lots of things. It’s very difficult to say much about the plot, because most of what I can say would be spoilers. Throughout the book, different parts of the story unfold, and at some points my mouth was literally gaping open. This dude sure knows how to create tension.

But at the same time, it did have quite a slow pace at the beginning. I mean, this is a rather large book – it’s like 500 pages, guys. The beginning took a long time to start getting exciting. There was a significant amount of description, speculation and Seth’s loneliness. That’s why, in the end, I took a star off.


Seth. Seth is our main character. He beats himself up a lot. I feel pretty sorry for him. All that stuff with his brother is HEAVY. I’m not saying anymore, though. My lips are sealed.

Thomasz. Unfortunately my brain is stupid and kept pronouncing his name as “Tom-arse.” Which is not quite right. He’s so funny! He’s a lot younger than the others, and frankly adorable. Also he’s Polish and that’s quite cool.

Regina. Now she is awesome. I’m pretty sure the book could have been from her perspective just as easily as Seth, because she just jumps off the page, she’s so well-written. She’s got attitood, guys. And she gives Seth the tough love he really needs.

Gudmund. So he’s from the “real world,” before Seth died. I mean, real world is debatable, but just…let’s go with that. Seth is gay, and Gudmund was his boyfriend.

YAY DIVERSITY. I’ve been banging on about diversity for ages (I’m sure you’re sick of me hearing about it). This checks the awesome boxes because a) it’s a fantastic read and b) it doesn’t focus purely on their diversities.

There was also a nice realistic element to this story. We got to see glimpses and flashbacks to Seth’s life, and the friendships/family relationships/romantic relationships there. Reading about Seth’s brother Owen was so sad.

The POV was different to what I normally read. It’s in third person, which is usual, but present tense. I’ve read a couple of those books that I absolutely HATED, because it seems to distance the reader. But in this, the writing style managed to give the story an air of mystery and a literary feel.

Also, JOHN GREEN recommended it, okay? THIS GUY:

And he said “just read it.” So I did. (he has great recommendations, by the way)

Oh oh oh I also forgot to mention that this books wins the award for “Most Amount of Times the Title Is Used in the Actual Book.” They said “more than this” quite a lot. I’m impressed with such a versatile title.

Overall, this is a powerful, philosophical read, with incredible writing and diverse characters. How does it end? You’ll have to decide for yourself.

Rating: 4/5 Wonderkitties


18 thoughts on “More Than This by Patrick Ness: Mind Equals Blown

  1. I NEED TO READ THIS! I’ve heard so much about the amazing-ness of Patrick Ness’s books! *(see what I did there 😉 It looks like a really intriguing read which is definitely going on the ‘really must read’ shelf

  2. Woohoo! I’ve been keeping my eye out for your review of MTT, and it’s getting me pumped to start it! So, so, so glad you enjoyed it Em, I’ve heard only great things about this book. 😀

  3. I was kind of pleased because I was filling out the Nerdfighter survey…when it was going around and whattheheck I like filling out surveys. *ahem* BUT it got to the question it’s like “what book are you reading” and I put in More Than This and then the next question is “why are you reading it”. Aaaand, I just HAD to write “BECAUSE JOHN GREEN SAID TO”. I don’t know if they read all those billions of answers, but it made me snicker. x) I requested it because it sounded good, but also because of the John Green rec. I LIKED IT. Not quite love. I was kind of confused at the end. Tomasz was great! I loved how it really worked with diversity, like multiple kinds of diversity, but that wasn’t the focus. x) Best ever.

    • I filled out the Nerdfighter survey too, high five! I’d actually love it if they saw that answer – I think they’d have a good chuckle. I was pretty confused too – between this and The Minnow I have no idea what’s happening in books lately 😛

  4. I actually didn’t get far into this one before DNF-ing it and now i’m more curouis than ever about what else the book deals with! Sounds like apretty pleasant read and i’m kind of upset i put it down now before giving it any real chance. I’ll have to go get this one from the library again!

  5. Yay! I’m actually fangirling after reading this review because it makes me so happy that you loved it and I brought a copy on a whim with a birthday gift card and now I really want to read it and yeah, I’m just so happy and yeah…Thanks so much for the fantastic review, Emily. 🙂

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