Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Monster Calls

Written by: Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 237
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. 
It want's the truth. 

My Rating: 5/5

Patrick Ness explains in the beginning of this idea was originally by Siobhan Dowd which he carried on and evolved after she had died. A Monster Calls follows the troubles of Conor and his troubles with his nightmares. It sounds simple enough and it was, but it had the extra qualities that made this book simply stunning. 
“Stories are important...They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.” 
I don't even know where to start with this book, it is that good. The writing was gorgeous and different because it was strangely realistic whilst also paranormal as it dealt with something that was not clear if it was there or if it was in the character's head. But it was an added something that just made this book shine. It didn't matter if you didn't know what was going on because the story made up for it. It is like a fairy tale has been brought forward into the modern world.
'I wish I had a hundred years,' she said, very quietly. 'A hundred years I could give to you.'
It takes a really difficult storyline, that literally makes you want to cry every three seconds, and mixes it with a beautifully written realistic characters that you can't help but feel for. The way it is written allows the story to flow throughout the book without and slow and dawdling pauses, which makes you unable to put it down. (I read it in a day because I just couldn't not know) And it is such a human and moving story that you literally want to take Conor out of the book and cuddle and squeeze him to make feel better. You feel his pain as he is feeling it. 
'You were merely wishing for the end of pain,' the monster said. 'Your own pain. An end to how it isolated you. It is the most human wish of all.' 
Overall, this book is utterly moving, beautifully brave and a all around gorgeous read. It will have you crying buckets and hugging everything around you just to help take the feelings away. You will not be able to stop getting emotionally involved in this story because they way it is written will pull you in and make you stay until the very end, while you are being assaulted by Conor's pain and wanting to make everything better. It is just that kind of book. 

A Monster Calls