Rating – 3.5/5
“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?”
After reading (and loving) A Monster Calls earlier this year, I decided I would try and read all of Patrick Ness’ YA books. This is the third of his that I have read and unfortunately, it is my least favourite.
I had absolutely no idea what was going on during 95% of this book. I think that was the point but I get really frustrated when I can’t understand a book and I really couldn’t understand this one. I could guess what the book was about but I probably get it wrong.
I do love Patrick Ness’ writing which is why this book has a 3.5/5 rating. It was poetic without being overly so and it was a really enjoyable reading experience for that factor alone. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters but I did really love Tomasz – he was wonderfully innocent and a perfect character.
I honestly don’t know what else to say about this book. I did enjoy it. It had short chapters which made it easy to speed through and some chapters kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I will continue to make my way through Patrick Ness’ work as I do really enjoy his writing style