Saturday, 26 January 2013

A Monster Calls

Author: Patrick Ness

Published: September 2011

What They Say: 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.

What Sheli Says: When I started reading this book I found it hard to put it down and finished it in a few hours. It is the story of a young boy facing a monster at a time when everything is changing and nothing is certain in his life.

The book is interspersed with tales told to him by the monster which gives the book a real fairy tale like feel to it. Although, not all fairy tales have a happy ending.

The story is really heart wrenching and by the end of the book I was an emotional wreck. That being said, it is not depressing or melancholy, just desperately sad.

The book was originally written for children/young adults, but has recently been republished for adults. A fantastic book that deserves a lot of credit for what it does and doesn't say. 

This was also one of Elaine's best reads in 2013.

Sheli's Rating: 10/10

“You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”

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