By: Patrick Ness
Location: FIC NES
Genre: Ness at his best- Life, Death and everything inbetween
When a Monster Calls was one of the most heart wrenching, depictions of the reality of death I have read, and now am watching. Ness can write- from the guts! and it hurts your heart and blows your mind! This book is the same, if you want nice happy themes, easily solved issues and niceness go read something else!
“He wanted something, he realizes now. Wanted an answer other than the ones he’d been given. Wanted to find out this whole world had some purpose, some particular purpose. For him.”
― Patrick Ness, More Than This
Emily May reviews it this way..
More Than This is a compelling read with a wonderful and diverse set of characters. It's creative and different.
This book is about existentialism. It's about those old questions: what is the meaning of life, the universe and everything? What is "reality"? Is there a pattern amid this chaos or can it all really be random? And, of course, is there something more than this? Ness is a genius and I love what he does here. I love the message. I love that every answer opens up five more questions. I love that every time you and the characters think you know what's going on, he throws another surprise into the philosophical pot and stirs up this crazy story a bit more. And what it all comes down to, what this whole book is really doing, is answering that question above all questions: do any of the answers really matter anyway?
Ness also finds himself back in familiar territory when telling the story of unlikely friendships blooming in the most unexpected places. He isn't the kind of author who wastes secondary characters and he delivers small pieces of heart-breaking humanity to even the most fleeting glimpses of those we never see again.
Ness just writes about things we all feel or worry about or obsess over. And he writes about it beautifully.
"Haven't you ever felt like there has to be more? Like there's more out there somewhere, just beyond your grasp, if you could only get to it..."
"People see stories everywhere," Regine says. "That's what my father used to say. We take random events and we put them together in a pattern so we can comfort ourselves with a story, no matter how much it obviously isn't true. We have to lie to ourselves to live. Otherwise, we'd go crazy."