BOOK REPORT for More Than This by Patrick Ness

Cover Story: Holodeck Adventure

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BFF Charm: Let Me Love You

Swoonworthy Scale: 2

Talky Talk: Runner’s High

Bonus Factor: Surprises

Relationship Status: Repopulate The Planet

More than This

Cover Story: Holodeck Adventure

Let’s queue ourselves up an adventure on the high seas, a trip to the wild ol’ west or make ourselves the central character in a fantasy story—anything can happen when you’re on the holodeck. 

The Deal:

Seth has finally reached the point of no return, and decided that his life, which has been a long succession of one crappy event after another, is no longer worth living. Unfortunately, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel—literally—since after Seth dies, he wakes up again, very much alive, but very much alone, in a strange, seemingly empty world.

BFF Charm: Let Me Love You

Let me Love You

From the very beginning of More Than This, it’s easy to see that Seth has a boatload of personal issues. And I’m no therapist, but I feel like a lot of his sorrow could have been avoided if he just had someone in his life that showed him how much they cared. I would gladly be that person, particularly after getting to know more about him after what was meant to be the end.

Swoonworthy Scale: 2

More Than This isn’t about the swoon. But that’s OK. (Rather, it’s a story about survival.) There are a few sweet moments Seth remembers in his dreams, but those, too, are clouded by the gloomy nature of his life before.

Talky Talk: Runner’s High

My only other experience with Patrick Ness came in the form of a Doctor Who short story ("Tip of the Tongue"), so I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS MISSING until I cracked the spine of More Than This. Ness is an amazing storyteller, with an absolute gift for drawing readers into the story. His language is clear and precise, but there’s something lying just under the surface that makes you want to dig a little deeper (i.e., read “just a few more pages!” before you absolutely must put the book down). Ness is also a bit of a troll, but in a good way—just when you think everything is going to be OK and your heart has finally stopped racing, another “holy crap!” moment will happen and you’re off again. There’s very little time to rest during the race that is More Than This, but it’s a marathon I would run again and again.

Bonus Factor: Surprises

Kitty Surprise

So much happens is More Than This…and I can’t tell you much of anything without spoiling it for you. I’m sorry about that. I hope Surprised Kitty helps you survive the week until this book is actually released.

Casting Call:

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Jesse Eisenberg as Seth

The whole “I’m not going to spoil this experience for you” soapbox I’m currently standing on leads me to be only able to cast one character. But I think Jesse would do well at portraying both the vulnerability and the strength needed to do Seth justice.

Relationship Status: Repopulate The Planet

If you were the only book left on the planet, Book, I’d be more than OK with helping you repopulate the world. You’re most definitely not a cuddler and you pull no punches, but our offspring would be more than capable enough to make a fresh new start for humanity.

More Than This will be available Sept. 10. 

Mandy lives in Austin, TX, where she's an editor/writer for an educational non-profit by day and a pop culture junkie by night. When she's not ensconced in a book for Forever Young Adult, Mandy can be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.