Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Trailer Park Tuesday: More Than This by Patrick Ness

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

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The trailer for Patrick Ness' More Than This begins just as the book does: a boy drowns.  In the video, we see the death from the boy's point of view, a bubbly wash of waves, an arm shooting out of the water and reaching for rocks near shore, then the final surrender to the silence of death.  Ah, but is it really death?  That's the probing question at the heart of Ness' novel.  To say more would be to rob More Than This of its mystery (as Ness himself explains in this other video).  We'll leave it at this: a boy dies, unequivocally and unambiguously, and then he wakes up in a crumbled, abandoned world.  Where is he, and why is he there?  Somehow, I think the answer might be a little more interesting than the one found in books like Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven.  Ness is, after all, the author of A Monster Calls, so I'm expecting good, creepy things to happen in these pages.  The trailer certainly haunts in the most pleasing and promising of ways.  More Than This tops my list of must-reads this season.

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