Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Edition: Paperback, 237 pages, published September 6th 2012 by Walker
Synopsis: At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.

The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

Although I love everything I’ve read of Patrick Ness so far, I was a little apprehensive with A Monster Calls. I just really didn’t know what to expect, but trust me, again, Ness delivered.

The plot…is basic, but I loved that. It’s easy to follow and allows you to feel fully involved in the story and everything happening in Conor’s head. It allows you to slowly learn more about Conor and his life as the story continues at a perfect pace.

The characters…are so right for the story. I felt a lot of connection to both Conor and his mum throughout this story, which was obviously all down to Ness’ amazing writing, which brings me on to…

The writing…can Ness ever fail? What a beautiful, poetic but down-to-Earth book. Although I found this book very poetic, I didn’t feel like it was looking down on me as I kind of felt with Red Queen. It was right there on the same level, and that was perfect.

Something I liked…gosh. Everything. I actually can’t pick out a singular thing or topic, because the amazing thing about Ness’ novels are that everything, everything, works together perfectly.

Something I disliked…absolutely nothing. Sure, grandma got on my nerves sometimes. So did dad. But they’re meant to, so me not liking them shows just how great the characters came across!

My thoughts…again, wow. A Monster Calls is a touching, moving but humble novel that struck me right in the heart. It’s a masterpiece, and one everyone should read…if only to learn that stories are never just stories.

My rating is…

☽ ☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
5 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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