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"Seth Wearing, age 16, dies in the opening pages of this complex, ambitious novel from Ness (A Monster Calls) and, arguably, that isn't the worst thing that happens to him. After drowning, Seth awakens in the suburban London neighborhood where he lived before his family relocated to the Pacific Northwest. The old neighborhood is now a dust-covered ruin; there is no noise, no electricity, and, at first, not another soul around. Is this hell? A tortured dream? Seth's search for understanding requires Ness to move between the unsettling present and Seth's past, slowly revealing his sad childhood, his awful mother, and the bright spot in his young life — his relationship with schoolmate Gudmund. When even that romance ended in sorrow, Seth grasped for a reason to live. The Matrix-like science fiction elements of the story are somewhat fuzzy, and even the characters continually question the logic of the circumstances they are stuck in. But Ness's exploration of big questions — specifically Seth's yearning to find out if life will ever offer more than the rotten hand he's been dealt — will provide solace for the right readers. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal-winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Childrens Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Childrens Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

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Dana Berglund, April 20, 2014 (view all comments by Dana Berglund)
I am reviewing the audiobook version, which is another masterpiece by Nick Poedehl.
In the opening chapter, Seth dies. Rather violently and without a doubt, he dies. But then he wakes up, somewhere else entirely, and without any apparent injuries. For the first part of the book, Seth and I both consider the possibilities of where he is and how. It's a well done mystery, and when the action changes, the mystery is still lurking in the back of my mind.
There's a character twist in chapter 17, I believe, that I didn't see coming but may be off-putting to some readers who are not me. I HOPE they do not let this put them off the book, because the story and the struggle is worth it even if you don't like that piece of plot.
I loved the ending, and hope that the author isn't going to bow to consumerist culture and church out a sequel. While Seth is a worthy character to explore, I thought the ending was thought provoking and well done-better left as is!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763662585
Author:
Ness, Patrick
Publisher:
Candlewick
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
fiction;death;ya;science fiction;young adult;suicide;fantasy;friendship;dystopia;dystopian;mystery
Publication Date:
20130910
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.76 x 5.5 x 1.4 in 1.3625 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Seth Wearing, age 16, dies in the opening pages of this complex, ambitious novel from Ness (A Monster Calls) and, arguably, that isn't the worst thing that happens to him. After drowning, Seth awakens in the suburban London neighborhood where he lived before his family relocated to the Pacific Northwest. The old neighborhood is now a dust-covered ruin; there is no noise, no electricity, and, at first, not another soul around. Is this hell? A tortured dream? Seth's search for understanding requires Ness to move between the unsettling present and Seth's past, slowly revealing his sad childhood, his awful mother, and the bright spot in his young life — his relationship with schoolmate Gudmund. When even that romance ended in sorrow, Seth grasped for a reason to live. The Matrix-like science fiction elements of the story are somewhat fuzzy, and even the characters continually question the logic of the circumstances they are stuck in. But Ness's exploration of big questions — specifically Seth's yearning to find out if life will ever offer more than the rotten hand he's been dealt — will provide solace for the right readers. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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