Parents' Guide to

More Than This

By Joanna H. Kraus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Gripping story of a teen who confronts his own private hell.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

There isn't a sex scene

As with all books written by the wonderful and highly skilled Patrick Ness, all adult themes within this book are handled with maturity. Please don't stop your kids from reading this book because the site says there's a sex scene here- there isn't. Sex between two people is mentioned, but I don't think that's going to traumatize any child over the age 12, and the swearing is pretty well spread out. Also, your child almost definitely hears worse in school (I have yet to meet anyone who swears quite as skillfully and as often as my thirteen year-old self and his friends).
age 14+

Immediately engaging - but sexually graphic in parts

This book has an intense beginning that makes it quite gripping and has a feel very much like the movie, The Matrix. Overall, my son and I liked the book and characters, but it is not appropriate for young kids or tweens due to some sexually explicit scenes between two male characters - much more explicit than one would expect in a book being targeted to a general teen audience.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Award-winning author Patrick Ness's treacherous journey of three teens in torment is certainly worth reading, reflecting on, and discussing. More Than This is tense and often confusing as it shifts between what Seth thinks is hell and what he thinks is his past: "Every time he blinks he sees his memories before him, so clear and vivid it's as if he's switching back and forth between this world and that one." As he slowly begins to comprehend what's happened, the anguish he faces and the determination to conquer it mounts.

Book Details

  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: September 10, 2013
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 472
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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