Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Pub Deets: September 2013, Candlewick
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Mystery, Coming-of-Age
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
In a sentence or so: Seth drowns. He should be dead, but instead he wakes up in his childhood hometown and it's completely deserted, spooky, and just Not Right. Mystery ensues.
Do yourself a favor and do NOT read the summary for this book that's printed on the back or on Goodreads or wherever. Not knowing is like the best part of this whole experience. Seth doesn't really know what's going down when he wakes up in an improbably place - so neither should you!
What you should know is that Patrick Ness takes a fresh spin on the whole Unreliable Narrator idea (which I already LOVE) with Seth by alternating between his past and his present. We don't know what the what is going on with his present, so we learn more about who Seth is by his flashbacks.
Oh Patrick Ness. I love your writing and characters and plots so, so much. I would read your grocery lists if you published them. For real. You own at writing.
Ness is insightful, but not preachy. Creative, but not exhausting. Raw, but not abrasive. The balance is perfection, you guys.
This book is for you if...
You are looking for a heady read with well written characters and a big ol' dose of social commentary with a sci-fi twist, dashes of relationship development, the importance of self-worth and a whole lot of feels.