Author: Patrick Ness
Warnings: mild swearing, mentions of abuse, murder, suicide.
‘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?’
This was a fascinating read. It reminded me of the Matrix, but in a good way. A really, really good way. I started reading this book on Wednesday, and I finished it yesterday and immediately felt myself having an existential crisis. After many months just reading Game of Thrones (because I’m determined not to let those books beat me) this was very refreshing.
The characters seem archetypal, but have little quirks that make them unique and fun to read about, and I found all the mystery lacing the whole story didn’t let me put it down. Every chapter reveals more and raises more questions, which is both satisfying and incredibly infuriating.
It’s hard to talk about this book without ruining it, but everything I have to say is summed up by John Green: “Just read it.” Honestly, it’s a brilliant book, if a bit cliche in places. But then again, what’s a good book without a few cliches?