As usual, Shar has been running around like a headless chicken (piano exam+drama production in one week= utter craziness) , but here is a review of a book good for the lovers of creepiness.
Title: More Than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: YA dystopia?
Themes: Dependence on technology, aloneness, friendship, living in the apocaplypes, finding out that your whole life is a lie a lot.
I went into this book with no idea what it was about. I was surprised. The creepiness reminded me a lot more of The Knife of Never Letting Go (got to finish that series) than of The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I still don’t know how I feel about it, tbh.
Summary: Seth Dies. Then he wakes up in an eery version of his childhood home: hot, dusty, and some kind of real. He’s got to work out why he’s there, what the dreams he’s having are, and if there’s anyone else in this wasteland.
I don’t even know how to describe how weird a novel with a significant portion only featuring one character is. The story is told in 3rd person, which worked… in making the book more creepy, at the vey least. The first part had a lot of description, not much plot, and importantly, plenty of backstory. To be honest, I couldn’t stop reading it because I wanted a non-creepy ending. I did not get this exactly, but I did get answers that left me with more questions.
So, the characters. There are characters other than Seth, and they were awesome, but I’m not going to discuss them because spoilers and stuff. But know they were cute and funny and heroic. Seth is a traumatised cinnamon roll, like a very bruised one. When he was a kid, something happened to his brother that he was kind of responsible for, and his family is (was) very messed up? Hes friends (were/) awesome/terrible, and considering the trauma he’s been through and weirness of the situation he copes pretty well. I guess he was a round character, but I didn’t really connect to him very much.
Like I said, there was a lot of description, especially in the first part, but the setting needs and deserves it. I got such a full sense of this dystopian, werid setting that both functioned and didn’t. I didn’t know which world was real, what The Driver was, who the other characters were, or anything really, but I was riveted. I wanted alllll the answers , and I got some. The ending=Seth, why, but I can deal.
Have you read this? Do you like creepy books or not? (me=no thanks) What have you been up to recently?