Author: Patrick Ness
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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?
This is one of the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal this year, which is why I read it. (I’m the one in charge of Carnegie this year at my school.) I entered it thinking it would be rubbish, (I find myself wavering between loving and hating certain Patrick Ness novels for some reason), and actually enjoyed it.
The concept was similar to other novels I’ve read, but Ness made it new in such a fresh way. I loved the development, of the characters, the plot and the concept itself. I need to know what happens next, and I don’t think I will…
So far, a sequel has not been announced which makes me very SAD. I found myself questioning my own existence after reading this book and did pinch myself a few times, whilst gently hitting the certain part of my head. (Yes. I am sad like that.)
Overall, it was a very good book which Ness has written fantastically well and I need a sequel. (What a surprise!)