A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books May 5th, 2011
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Horror
Synopsis: The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
Review: Wow. This was a powerful book. It stirred up a lot of emotions and made my eyes wet. I got this book while browsing the Ness section of a bookstore trying to decide which of his books to buy. I had just finished the Knife of Never Letting Go and really enjoyed his writing style. I saw this and immediately knew I needed it and I am glad that I picked it up. I honestly thought it was going to be a horror story (totally judging a book by it’s cover) but it was far from that. Complex themes were woven into such a basic plot.
I don’t know what else to say more about this book other than it should be read in one sitting and that this is book for everyone not a specific age group or genre. Everyone’s lives get touched by cancer in some way or another and this was an interesting way of viewing a child’s way of it with something mythical thrown in the mix.