Title: A Monster Calls
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: September 27th, 2011
Length: 216 pages | 4 hours
Source: Gifted by Krista from Nawanda Files
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.
Oh, Patrick Ness, how I adore your fiction. It’s always poignant, moving, relatable, emotional, and beautifully written.
This book is contemporary with fantasy elements (you might call it magical realism, but more horror than charming), and centers around 13 year old Conor, but I wouldn’t call it Young Adult. It’s got a very human theme at the center, and it’s not written for kids but for anyone who has undergone loss of a loved on and come to understand grief.
Herne is perfect, Conor is absolutely perfect and believable, the grandma is absolutely believable….Patrick Ness has a gift for character development, tight stories, and emotion. Apparently, Siobhan Dowd started this but died before finishing it, and I think Ness does a beautiful job of bringing the story to life with respect.
So, of course, I recommend it for anyone who has lost a loved one (especially if it was prolonged by illness or accident), or may be going through terminal illness themselves. It will make you cry, but it’s a healing kind of cry. And absolutely worth it.