Ah Patrick Ness, no matter what it is you write, you do it so well. And you never fail to destroy me, but this time there was a bit less destroying, but even more awesomeness.
The story starts out with a vivid description of a teenage boy drowning in an ocean, and then proceeding to die. Yeah, didn’t think that was going to happen on the first few pages of a book, but this is Ness. We then see the boy waking up, but where is he, what is this, what is going on. This last phrase, I said it consistently while reading it, and perhaps shouted it a few times. We didn’t even find out who the character was for quite a while. And I just love that, it just keeps you guessing about what this place is. Is this the afterlife? Is this some sort of dream? Is this reality and the other life a dream? And the ever existential question of does the answer really matter?
I don’t want to say too much further about the actual content, but it’s enough to say that there are many twists and turns, and a lot of action. But one thing I will mention is just how awesomely written it is. And we have a whole bunch of chapters which are dedicated to showing Seth’s life before he drowned. And there is more sadness in that too, so much sadness.
But it is such a good book, and everyone read Ness now and suffer, but it’s a good suffering I promise.