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Published by Candlewick Press on 9/10/2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction
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A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . .
More Than This is a novel about a young man who commits suicide and finds himself walking up in a new world, where everything is covered in dust and nobody else is around.
The great thing about this story is it is a journey…we slowly unravel the mystery at the same time the character is. And there are plenty of flashbacks to his old life, and we discover what drove him to his death. I can’t talk about the new world too much without giving away spoilers but suffice to say he at first thinks he is in hell, and then learns that it is more than just that. The thing I loved most about it was the multiple reveals, twists, and turns. You think you know what is going on, and then you turn the page and discover everything you just thought was wrong. And this happens maybe six times in the book at least.
Overall I thought the story was very enjoyable and thought-provoking, and well worth a read. The writing quality is really top-notch and there is never a dull scene. It makes you want to keep reading and reading and reading.
NOTE: It does contain mature themes (some harsh language, lots of violence, suicide, affairs, murder, in-depth discussion of homosexuality, and more) and thus is not appropriate for younger audiences. (In context, the main three characters had a tough life and most of the above deals with what they went through).