A Monster Calls
Patrick Ness (Author), Siobhan Dowd (Original Idea), Jim Kay (Illustrator)
First Published: September 2011
Available: Amazon UK // Kindle // Book Depository
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.
In truth it has taken me a long time to review this book, I think I must of read it about a month or so ago and I am now only grasping my feelings for the book. I really liked it, though I don't know whether that term is acceptable for a book of this nature. It is beautifully wrote and reads like a song, the writing is easy to understand and I believe it to be aimed at a younger audience.
CharactersWe have Conor, the main protagonist in the novel, he is just a typical boy who hasn't had the best of luck and feels like he is invisible to everyone, even his family. I really enjoyed his character there was a depth to him that at first came across as ignorance but developed into something more meaningful.
I believe that the tree should be a character in it's own right, it was a fantastic idea to have a tree help out a boy that couldn't accept what was happening around him.
Overall the characters were believable and developed enough that you felt as though you knew them.