I've read quite a few of Patrick Ness' works now, and I have to say I'm a big fan.
The first chapter was one of the best I've ever read - when the main character dies in the first few pages, but there are hundreds of pages to go, it's intriguing, mysterious, exciting.
However, when starting More Than This and reading a few more chapters, I felt a little let down - I felt it had an incredibly slow beginning (minus the prologue), and it wasn't until I was halfway through that I didn't want to put it down. When creating worlds, it can be hard to imagine, and I felt Ness didn't describe as well as he could have (if you read his Chaos Walking trilogy, he uses his description talents a lot more).
That being said, once I had turned the last page, and closed the warm-to-the-fact-I'd-been-holding-the-book-for-hours hardback cover, I was speechless.
It's one of those books that makes you think - really think. About everything - the universe, life, death, After - and it can change your life. I knew when I met Patrick a few months ago now that he was incredible - understanding, talented with his words, humble and humorous, but I had no idea his words could inspire me, lead me to think of and change my views and mottoes on life (I've no idea how to spell the plural of motto but that is what autocorrect says so soRRY).
I fell in love with the characters, more than I would have liked. The ending of the story is kind of incomplete, so as to make you decide the ending (I realise Ness likes to do this with rather a few of his stories, and, if I may say so myself, I would love an ending with a epilogue to know the characters I love are safe and sound and snuggled with blankets and hot chocolate, thank you) - but I would have hated for Tomasz (I still have no idea how to actually say it *sigh*) and Regine to go back to their harsh struggles and abusive lives.
I never knew the words 'More Than This' could have such an effect on me. Thank you Patrick, for bringing me this collection of letters and words, for it has changed my life.
Favourite Quotes Of The Book:
- “It’s possible to die before you die.”
- "Know yourself and go in swinging. If it hurts when you hit it, it might be real too."
- “He’s uncertain what’s going to happen next.
If this is all a story, then that’s what the story means.
If it isn’t, then the exact same is true.”