Book review: More than This by Patrick Ness

9 April 2017


Assalamualaikum

Hi guys! Now I’m back with a book review. I think this is my first book review as before this I ever review products, anime and movies.

I’ve said before that I am going to review More than This by Patrick Ness as soon as I finish reading it. So yesterday I’ve finished reading the book and right now I don’t know what to do with my life – haha kidding.

Name: More than This
Author: Patrick Ness
Pages: 480 pages
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (first published September 1st 2013)
Summary:

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

A/N: THE LESS YOU KNOW IS BETTER

Why I bought this book:

Honestly, I bought this book on a whim. I was scrolling through debookroom website and saw this book was on sale. The price was RM19.90 (exclude postage) and I was like, the cover look interesting, the summary is very vague but makes me want to know more, so I put it in my cart and paid for it.

The waiting for this book to arrive was very painful for me. As I bought this book near Chinese New Year (one of my biggest mistake in buying things online) so I got to wait for almost 3 weeks for this book to arrive. Haha macam beli barang dari luar negara pula ETA 3-4 weeks XD

So yeah, the main reasons are the book is cheap and the cover is interesting. (I did say I like black covered books)

What I think about this book:

I have a conflict feeling about this book. There are 4 parts of this book. I’ll going through the parts so it’s easier for you to read and for me to write (lol)

Part 1: confusing as hell. Man, I don’t even want to know. The story drags on and on without any real point. I was confused and I got to stop reading for a few times to clear my mind before continue to read it. part 1 makes me reluctant to finish this book but I keep going on.

Part 2: is confusing as well but I can manage it. there are many secrets and questions that I need to know. This is the part when I feel like want to skip it and just proceed to the ending. But I don’t.

Part 3: everything starts to unwind and I’m so glad I didn’t skip part to. Everything that I wanted to know in part 2 is answered in this part. This is the part where I’m so glad I read this book. The book is truly mind-blowing (for me, of course) and the author is a genius.

Part 4: it has 69 pages as it’s nearing the ending. In this part I feel like, alamak dah nak habis ke because I want to read more and more and more – you see what I did there because this book is all about MORE

“A book… it’s a world all on its own too. A world made of words, where you live for a while.”

A/N: skip what I like and dislike if you don’t want any spoilers. The less you know is better.


What I like about this book:

  • This book is such a genius idea – one of the reasons why I love to read male authors’ books.
  • The story truly grip me and makes me don’t want to put it down even to sleep. Even when I was on my bed I keep thinking about what will happen next in the book. It’s captivating.
  • It reminds me of Sword Art Online but MORE
  • It gives me Goosebumps and makes my heart racing for every page I read – it’s really good
  • My favourite character is going to be Tomasz because he’s cute and badass all in one
What I disliked about this book:
  • THE ENDING OMG – why it had to end there?! Why you keeping me guessing again, Patrick Ness?!
  • I thought it’s going to be like If I stay – when it said “he wakes” – but nooo it had to be post-apocalypse ☹ 
  • I found it hard to care about the main character, Seth Wearing because he thinks everything revolves around him. Well, you thought wrong!


Overall, I’d rate it 4/5. The book is fascinating and amazing, changing my perception towards dystopian books (but I still won’t read any more dystopian books). It’s confusing as hell, but intriguing – I don’t even know what to say man. It’s just so good and a genius work. Even after I read it, it left me wondering.

I totally recommend this to young adult, teenagers, older readers, those who want to be confuse but want to accept the challenge. It has been an incredible experience to me, so I want you to feel it too!

I guess this is the end of my book review – but it’s more like I’m rambling about the book instead. Gotta work out on the review skills, then.

I hope you will bought or read this book, so that we can share our confusion and excitement.
If you have any book recommendation, please comment down below.

Last but not least,


“Know yourself and go swinging.”

Current read: Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Until I write again 👋

This or That book Tag

4 April 2017


Assalamualaikum

Hello guys! Hello April, goodbye March. It has been a good month to me – except for when I had my finals, that’s not good. It’s stressful and make me want to rip my head in half. But, I finally home from uni since I didn’t come back for 2 whole months and more. Man, I miss home so much.

But now that I’m home, I’m currently bored out of my mind.

There’s no internet here, so I got to buy my mobile data to excess to the internet. Yea, that’s why I didn’t post anything before. But now that I bought some data with a little money that I have, once again hello there! 🙋

Since I don’t have any idea what to talk about but I want to mention here that I’m officially 19 years old on 2nd April! Yeay 🎉🎊 I have conflict feeling about this since it’s going to be my last teen (sobs) but I’m also proud of myself for reaching the almost adulthood. No matter how much I was moaning about how my bad my life was, but hey, there’s a rainbow after every rain. So I just have to be patient and keep moving on 😃

I was scrolling through Bloglovin and saw This or That book tag posted by Novelersblog on wordpress, therefore I thought why not I post this on my blog too? One of the reason is also as I mention above – I don’t have any idea what to post about. I have a list of what I supposed to post about, but there’s suddenly too much and not enough. Sigh.

Without further ado, let’s proceed to the real tag;

1. Reading on the Couch or the Bed?
I prefer reading on the couch so I can eat/drink while reading a book. I found it hard to read on the bed because the temptation to sleep is to strong. *sis kenot

2. Female or Male Character?
Personally, male character as I love reading from male point of view, less drama and feelings. Also because I want to know the point of view of a male, since I’m a female and it’s impossible task to know what male think, feels in real life.

3. Sweet or Salty snacks while reading?
I literally eat anything – cookies, candy, sour patches – but I’d prefer sweet snacks.

4. Trilogies or Quartests?
Omg how about NONE? I don’t really like series for various reasons such as a) I’ll buy first 1-2 books then suddenly become poor, so I can’t buy the rest of the series and b) the next book didn’t live the expectation I have on the first book
But if I had to choose, I’ll choose trilogies.

5. First person or Third person p.o.v?
Some party likes to read first person pov, but not for me. Before this I wrote some stories – that I posted on my tumblr but now not anymore – I found it hard to transition from a character to another. First person pov is good if the whole book is about the main character’s life – unless the author is really really good at transitioning between the characters.
For me, I much prefer third person pov. It’s easy to read and I prefer to watch someone’s life rather than experience it - yes I'm boring, deal with it.

6. Reading in the Night or Morning?
Morning please. Before this I love to read in the night but since I start having nearsighted and have to wear glasses (it have been 2 years since I wear glasses!), I prefer to read in natural light to protect my eyes. Unless the book is very good that I can’t put it down even for sleeping. *sleep is so precious omg

7. Libraries of Bookstores?
Can you believe there’s NO LIBRARIES near my neighbourhood? 5 years ago, there was a library near my house but now not anymore. WHY there’s no libraries nowadays??? Free books to read! The environment of a library is just. So. Amazing.
Or is it just me?
If there is a library here, I’d prefer the library. But since there’s none, I have no choice but to choose bookstores – that got me drooling over the books that I can’t have *sobs in the corner

8. Books that make you Laugh or Cry?
The book is really really good when it’s stabbing you in the chest. So, crying for sure. Didn’t I tell you that I love to torture myself?

9. Black or White cover?
Black cover! Because I love black and white cover is so hard to take care of 😑 I put my books everywhere, so it’s easy to pick up any stain – omg I’m the worse books owner ever 😱 

10. Character or Plot-Driven?
Sweet, badass character doesn’t ensure how good a book is. Plot-driven is so much more important part of the story becasue it's what make a story, wel... a story. A boring storyline with amazing character? Meh, let’s put it aside first.

So yeah, there are 10 questions about books which I enjoy answering. If you want to, you can do this tag too, and share it with me! I love to make myself down by reading other people’s amazing answers rather than my lame ones.

I’m currently reading More Than This by Patrick Ness and the book is so mindblowing that I got to put it down a few times because my brain needs to process lots of things. I’m at part 2 of the book, it’s getting intense and I have so much unanswered questions – that makes me wanna skip some parts and move on to the ending. I want to know the ending so bad!

Maybe I’ll write a book review regarding this book after I finish reading it. Have any of you ever Patrick Ness’ books? What do you think of it? And oh, I haven’t read or watch the movie of A Monsters Calls yet, so this is like my first Patrick Ness book.

Last but not least, I hope you’re all going to have amazing days full of happiness in April. If you have any books recommendation, don’t hesitate to comment down below.

I wish you a happy life, happy April and stay healthy!

Until I write again 👋