“More Than This” by Patrick Ness

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Has Seth awakened in hell? He regains consciousness partially bandaged, lying on the sidewalk in front of the English row house his family moved from years before. What is he doing here? Last thing he remembers he was being battered to death on the rocks off the Pacific coast, near his home in Washington state. The story takes us back and forth between a tragic past and a stark present. Seth’s past includes a younger brother damaged at the hands of an escaped convict (an incident that Seth feels responsible for), being outed by a “friend” and being cut off from his boyfriend. In his mystifying “present” he shows up in a hushed, desolate town–hiding out with two other teens who’ve suffered similar traumas, hunted by a mysterious van and driver from a nearby prison.

What’s behind the prison walls and how are they connected to it? Which is the real world– their past or the present? Seth finds some answers and peace with his past but, the book’s ending leaves some dangling questions, possibly to be answered in a sequel…?

Check this book out or put it on hold.

—Mary Burns