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More Than This by Patrick Ness - Chapter Sampler

More Than This by Patrick Ness - Chapter Sampler

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Published by Candlewick Press
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life -- or perhaps afterlife -- of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .
From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life -- or perhaps afterlife -- of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

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Published by: Candlewick Press on Aug 20, 2013
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Here is the boy, drowning.In these last moments, it’s not the water that’s nallydone for him; it’s the cold. It has bled all the energy fromhis body and contracted his muscles into a painful useless-ness, no matter how much he ghts to keep himself above thesurface. He is strong, and young, nearly seventeen, but thewintry waves keep coming, each one seemingly larger thanthe last. They spin him round, topple him over, force himdeeper down and down. Even when he can catch his breathin the few terried seconds he manages to push his face intothe air, he is shaking so badly he can barely get half a lungfulbefore he’s under again. It isn’t enough, grows less each time,and he feels a terrible yearning in his chest as he aches, fruit-lessly, for more.He is in full panic now. He knows he’s drifted just slightlytoo far from shore to make it back, the icy tide pulling himout farther and farther with every wave, pushing him towardthe rocks that make this bit of coast so treacherous. He alsoknows there is no one who’ll notice he’s gone in time, noone who’ll raise the alarm before the water defeats him. Hewon’t be saved by chance, either. There are no beachcombers
 
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or tourists to dive in from the shoreline to save him, not thistime of year, not in these freezing temperatures.It is too late for him.He will die.And he will die alone.The sudden, gasping horror of knowing this makes himpanic even more. He tries again to break the surface, not dar-ing to think that it might be his last time, not daring to thinkmuch at all. He forces his legs to kick, forces his arms toheave himself upward, to at least get his body the right wayround, to try and grasp another breath just inches away But the current is too strong. It allows him tantalizinglynear the surface but spins him upside down before he can getthere, dragging him closer to the rocks.The waves toy with him as he tries again.And fails.Then, without warning, the game the sea seems to havebeen playing, the cruel game of keeping him just alive enoughto think he might make it, that game seems to be over.The current surges, slamming him into the killinglyhard rocks. His right shoulder blade snaps in two so loudlyhe can hear the
crack,
even underwater, even in this rushof tide. The mindless intensity of the pain is so great thathe calls out, his mouth instantly lling with freezing, brinyseawater. He coughs against it, but only drags more into hislungs. He curves into the pain of his shoulder, blinded byit, paralyzed by its intensity. He is unable to even try andswim now, unable to brace himself as the waves turn himover once more.

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