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More Than This

Title

More Than This

Authors

Patrick Ness

Publisher

Fintage Publishing

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9780763662585

Pages

472 pages

Genre

science fiction

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A boy named Seth drowns, 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. 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, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL800L

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Homosexuality; gay; gay teenager

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

gay male

Awards

Berkshire Book Award, 2014, Longlist, Children's Book; Carnegie Medal, 2015, Short List; Cybils Awards, 2013, Nominee, Young Adult (Speculative Fiction); Hounslow Teen Read Award, 2015, Short List; Independent Book Shop Week Book Award, 2014, Short List, Children's (Fiction); UKLA Children's Book Award, 2015, Long List, Ages (12-16); UKLA Digital Book Award, 2015, Long List, Ages (12-16)

Keywords

rebirth; dystopian society; technology; bullying; guilt; suicide; the afterlife; broken heart; drowning

Diversity Impact

direct

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