There's not a lot I can say about this novel without spoiling pretty much every plot twist, but I'll do my best.
Plot Summary: I decided to just give you the blurb because I'm bound to say something spoilerific....
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?
What I liked: Spoiler. The boy's name is Seth and at first I thought he was a bit of a serious idiot, but as I began to gain more insight to his character I stopped hating him so much and empathised with him, but I still thought he was an idiot. He made some pretty stupid decisions. And by "pretty stupid" I mean "WHAT THE ACTUAL HECK WERE YOU THINKING?!?!?!?! You, Sir, are the epitome of an idiot."
The blurb and the cover give absolutely nothing away, but Patrick Ness may just be the king of modern literature plot twists. I like not being able to predict what is going to happen next. It was always something I did not really see coming, so that was great.
Parts of this were told in flashback, so we got to see more and more how his relationships with others caused him to end up dead. I'm not sure if there's much more I can say about this without giving the whole thing away. OH!! But it was thought-provoking and left me questioning everything at the end, so that was good.
What I didn't like: Like I said, I got pretty frustrated with Seth and his choices and a few other little aspects of the book and how the ending was so open-ended, but other than that....
PS. Ashleigh you need to read this so we can discuss theories and spoilers (because no one else I know has read this and it's seriously frustrating).