More Than This
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.
LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Gay/Lesbian; gay; gay teenager
mother and father
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)
rebirth; dystopian society; technology; bullying; guilt; suicide; the afterlife; broken heart; drowning
Ness, Patrick, "More Than This" (2013). Diverse Families. 1460.