Monday, July 21, 2014

More than this - by Patrick Ness

“A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes ,naked, bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange, deserted place?”

I’m a big fan of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, so I was keen to read his new novel. Like Chaos Walking, this story is fantasy / sci-fi, but this story is set on Earth with a strong hit of mystery thrown in. It tells the story of Seth, who impossibly wakes up - after having died in the United States - in his old English town. Yet this is not entirely the town Seth remembers. For a start where are all the people? Why is everything covered in dust and weeds? Why is the climate so different to the one Seth left behind? And most importantly, where are Seth’s parents and brother, and how did he get here after dying?

It’s hard to elaborate on more than this for fear of giving too much away. My only recommendation is to join Seth while he unravels the mystery of his life, his death and his life again.

Caitlin @ Balwyn Library.

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