A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

a_monster_callsThe 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.

Pages – 216

Published – 27th September 2011

Rating – Must Read, 5 Stars

Read on 1st January

So I loved this book. It was just incredible. It is compelling and affronting all in the one story.

It addresses the cruel reality of our world and how people are affected by things that no should have to go through and puts us into that situation. Even though it is a short story it is something we can all connect with and understand and feel. And that is the most important thing…. We feel this book.

It draws you in and as it goes along you feel like you’re the one being talked to as well as Conor and that can be an extremely hard thing to do in such a small span of time. I loved the concept for the book as well as the writing, it was done in such a good way to make the story feel real because it felt like to was written in the characters own voice. Sometimes with books such as these they can use a lot of literary techniques that leaves you feeling removed and disconnected. The way this is written is some of my favourite type of writing. It is completely based around characters and their thoughts, feelings and revelations.

This book contains different tales that contain different messages while still following a central theme that then relates to the main premise. I know that this is a well-loved book and I have avoided it due to not liking anything else Patrick Ness has written but my boyfriend really wants to go and see the film so I decided to give it a go and I’m really glad I did.

The truth is an important and powerful thing and the role of the monster is a good display of this combined with the stories. I liked how it continuously built to this pivotal moment to make it mean something. It confronts the readers just as it confronts Conor and this is something we have in common.

This story and book will remain with me for a long time in that it tells a tale but is so transferrable to actions you make in your life. It calls into questions your own thoughts and feelings and as such makes you think about your actions and decisions. I would really recommend reading this book in one sitting (or at least in one day) as it is more than achievable and I really thought that it was a great way to get immersed into the story. Everyone should really read this. It can offer everyone something. I don’t really want to delve too deep into the specifics because each part of this book is important and should be discovered by the reader.

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2 thoughts on “A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

    • I tried reading A Knife of Never Letting Go and I hated it. I just couldn’t get behind the writing style or story and couldn’t finish it. I want to try more than this but there are some authors that I tend to only like one book by them.

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