Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

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Title: More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

My Rating: 4.5

Goodreads Rating: 4.05

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Summary (Goodreads): 

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?


Cover: 3/5

I love this quirky design of this cover and how it doesn’t give anything away to the reader.  


Review: WOW. This book was really good! I feel so happy that 1) I have read this book, so I can gush about it with everyone else 2) I can recommend this brilliant book to people and 3) this book has restored my faith in Patrick Ness.

I have to admit, I was rather cautious with reading this book as well as excited. After reading The Rest Of Us Just Live Here and being disappointed by it (you can read my review on it here), I was worried that the writing style wouldn’t gel with me and even though I could see how dense the pages were with words, I still thought that I wouldn’t become completely immersed in the book.

My worries were for absolute nothing.

Plot: 

First of all, I WAS SO SURPRISED ABOUT THE SCI-FI ELEMENT ABOUT THIS BOOK. It came as such a surprise to me! At first I thought it would be more or less contemporary, but then it became dystopian and then a Sci-Fi and then a jumble of all of those genres! I loved it and it kept the plot exciting, intriguing and captivating.

This story follows a boy called Seth who after committing suicide wakes up in a quiet abandoned neighborhood which is actually his own neighborhood. He thinks this is hell, but after some twists and turns he realises there is more to this ‘hell’ than the eye can see. Just everything was so seamless and as soon as it hits the 100 page mark, don’t quote me on that, the plot just gets a mind of it’s own and Ness takes the reader on an adventure that puts us right by Seth throughout the whole novel. Enthralling, Ness did a great job of encoperating so many themes in this enjoyable plot.

Writing:

 Let me tell you this. The first two pages were just so nvfdkjvnkfrmoifkmglkfmodkc I just knew the book was going to be amazing. How Ness just changes the POV for those first few pages like he is a God looking down on ‘the boy’ and it was just ugh so good. One of my favourite first pages I have to say.

After that we get a realistic teenager point of view from Seth as he explores abandoned neighborhood and I love how he writes the thoughts and feelings of Seth and his depressive and suicidal thoughts. You can tell they are written with care and thought and it immersed me deeply into the book. So basically throughout the whole book was just written superbly and the pacing was excellent! And those cliffhangers!

Characters: 

Seth is an excellent character to be following. He is inquisitive, witty, brave but also a damaged soul you wish you could hug to death. I loved how he also thought so deeply into things making me question the story, the setting, the characters. Seth was like how many people would be waking up in a strange place- very very curious and his curiosity lead the reader into so many dangerous situations which kept me on the edge of my seat. His character is so devastating sad and Ness handles this fragile character beautifully. And a high five to a LGBTQ+ main protagonist!

Tomasz and Regine are great great characters; totally fleshed out and developed. First of all, is Tommy the cutest 10-11 polish boy ever? Because I think I should adopt him right now. I won’t spoil you on his backstory, but it is so sad and I wanted to cry for him. His character is so funny and brings so light into the dull grey situation. Regine on the other hand is straight talking, hard skinned black girl (diveristy, you gotta love it!) who underneath it all has a huge heart. I loved finding out her backstory and finding out why she is so protective and hard, but throughout the novel you see her grow and by the end I would become best friends with Regine any day.

What I liked:

  • The characters, I can’t stop thinking about them!
  • The plot was so compelling and a page turner.
  • The writing was so beautiful at points and never jarring throughout the story.

What I disliked:

  • The amount of questions I am left with after reading this!

Verdict: As John Green says at the front of my copy; read it. It doesn’t matter what you are doing or what you are going to do just reading this beautifully written, engaging character driver, roller-coaster simulating story. It is just superb.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Review- The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Title: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

My Rating: 4.0

Goodreads Rating: 3.95

Summary (Goodreads): 

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.


Cover: 4/5 

I really like the cover for this book, it’s simple but really beautiful. And the bright bold yellow makes it 100x better!




Review:

Hmm…is this is what it feels like to be disappointed because it feels weird. Normally I keep my expectations in check when I hear a good book. I don’t watch any reviews on booktube, I skim through book reviews just encase I find out that a jerk character turns out to be good. I want to find out everything via the book. But I don’t know why but, I felt really excited for the book. Really excited and that was just the summary that got me hyped up! But sadly, even though I enjoyed the story it still felt a little hollow.

Plot:

The number one issue I had with this book- the plot, or lack of a plot really. The plot was not even a existent for the best part of the book. It just followed Mikey’s life with odd bursts of action. I have to say that page 200 mark it picked up considerably.The book was, I was reading it, screaming CONTEMPORARY but it had this flimsy fantasy case which made the plot feel really odd. It didn’t know where it was going or who it was taking with.

But even after saying that, I loved how Ness wove mental illness into his story. It was really refreshing his take on it and it made me build a connection with the characters. I liked how it wasn’t said as well in the plot as well just ‘boom mental illness deal with it’.

The more fantastical parts of the plot were not to my taste really. I mean the world building was really weak anyway, I felt really lost in the world, and it almost felt like it was thrown in there because there need to be more action. What this story would of really benefited from was dual perspectives. One POV Mikey, the other POV a chosen one. This would of really balanced out the contemporary and fantasy genres.

The ending was a little bit too neat for my longing and failed to make a lasting impression on me.

Writing:

When I opened this book and started reading all I kept on thinking was simple, simple SIMPLE! The random short sentences didn’t do enough to break the barrage of simple sentences for me and though I can admire Ness for his wonderful talent on writing teenagers, this side of the writing was limp.

As the story got on I got used to his writing style and the simplicity of the writing did make my fly through  the pages and kept the story light and airy.

One chapter that literally helped bumped this book up half a star was Chapter Sixteen and I won’t say anything else, but that chapter was written really really awesomely.

Characters:

Oh now the reason why this book was more than a 3.5 stars.

I love Mikey. He is such a blast of fresh angsty air. Myself being a teenager means  most of the books I read have teen characters in them. Even though many of the characters have many relatable teenager-y mannerisms and thoughts, Mikey is a living breathing teenager. Down to his understandable mood swings to his feelings on acceptance among his group of friends. This character really carried the book along I feel.

On the other hand, I didn’t feel connected to to Henna at all. I thought she was playing with people’s feelings in the first half of the novel. Also by the end, her character was not really fleshed out a lot and her story was tied up a bit to cleanly.

I liked Mel and Jared. They were likable enough and I enjoyed finding out the little pieces of information about them during the book.

Overall, I feel like the characters in the book were incredibly realistic- well as realistic you can get with kids being murdered around ya.

What I liked:

  • The main protagonist (along with most of his friends) were real and a joy to read
  • Surprisingly fast paced
  • Story line nice and light
  • Wonderfully woven mental health sub plots within the context

What I disliked:

  • Non existent world building
  • Unbalanced genre elements
  • Too simplistic writing

Verdict: This book was not what I expected. There I said it. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy Mikey’s story as it was engaging to read and the characters were whole and greatly realistic. Though the over arching plot was lacking and this book didn’t know it wanted to be a solid contemporary half the time, Mickey really brought this book home with his teenage awkwardness making me recommend this to people looking for a nice contemporary.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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October Book Haul!

Hey everyone! How’s everyone’s Monday’s been? My Monday’s been great because I got booooooks! Ah, I love books so much and I always have this epiphany when I buy another book. But not just one book I bought, no no no, but EIGHT BOOKS! Can you tell I’m a bit hyper? Because of NaNoWriMo, I won’t be able to read all of these books even before the middle of November probably, but HEY books are books. Lets get haulin’ then!   

 
Firstly, I finally have the personal copy of the Hunger Games Trilogy! Don’t worry, I have read the Hunger Games and Catching Fire and Mockingjay, but I just got them all from the library, so it feels good to have all of them to own!

  

The next two books I got was The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! I was basically hugging these books all day. Two of the most anticipated books of the year…in my hands! I just cannot wait to read these two!

 

Even though people say that the other cover glows, this cover is just perfect!


The next batch of books was Snow Like Fire by Sara Raasch and More Than This by Patrick Ness. Snow Like Fire was going to be one of those books that I say I really want to read, but not pick up because of new releases or exisisting books I have read. But I saw this in the bookstore and just thought this is the day. And the bookstore assistant person said it was on her Christmas list. Then while I was paying for those books, the person said More than this made her cry hard and it was a special book. Hopefully I can read these books during NaNoWriMo.

 
Lastly, I have Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. This is going to be my ONLY spooky read this month and I am pretty unashamed to say that! This books seems so cool and mean the pictures. THE PICTURES! I cannot wait to dive into this book. I am waiting until it is a couple of days before Halloween because I am weird and then I’m going to read it.

  
  

And that was my October haul! Obviously, you guys know that I bought Carry On and Ninth Girl but the ones I shown were the more recent books I got. 

I hope you enjoyed this haul because I really enjoyed getting all of these books- though my purse would say otherwise.

I’ll write soon.

-Astra