Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 215
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
Fates and Furies

The monster showed up just 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... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
I was not prepared for the emotional fallout after reading A Monster Calls. Profuse and silent tears poured from my eyeballs. The places this book transported me to were bleak, depressing and cold. I could practically hear wood creaking and the rain howling as I was reading.

The illustrations by Jim Kay were just phenomenal; the black and white artwork complimented the tone of the story perfectly. The monster's visitations to Conor were really creepy, and the strange fables it tells really surreal. Like Conor, I wasn't ready for this monster to take me to the places it did and the emotion just flowed unexpectedly.

A Monster Calls is a very dark and poignant book, it explores themes of grief, anger and loss. It would deeply resonate with anyone who has been to dark places during childhood and adolescence. An amazing book.


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