A Monster Calls
Author : Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Characters: Conor O’Malley, …
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.
“Because humans are complicated beasts. How can a queen be both a good witch and a bad witch? How can a prince be murderer and a saviour? How can an apothecary be evil-tempered but right-thinking? How can a parson be wrong-thinking but good-hearted? How can invisible men make themselves more lonely by being seen?”
I’ve been eyeing on this book for a long time and I finally couldn’t wait any longer and bought this book on my birthday last month. And also many thanks to a new friend of mine for making me buying this book.
This book was simple yet delivered a very deep message. Patrick Ness delivered the message of how humans can be both good and evil, we simply can’t be in between and also sometimes, being evil doesn’t make you a bad person; it simply makes us a human being through the tales in this book. I think it was just brilliant. The writing style was so easy to read. The flow of the story was really nice. It really brought me into the book, into the story of Conor O’Malley.
There were so many things to be discussed about this book. The significant of each tale in the book, the struggles faced by Conor: bullying, losing his mother, adjusting to a possible new life, also with himself. The monster itself, is a good subject to be discussed. It’s really simple idea overall, but these components made it much more valuable and made it a really good book.
The ending of this book is again simple yet heartfelt. I definitely cried towards the end. It was so well written. My first book read written by Patrick Ness and I’m really in love with his writing style. A great book for all readers, it can suit anyone, honestly. I highly recommend this one. Go get a copy now if you haven’t, you have no idea what you are missing!
P/s: If you haven’t watched the movie, go watch it too but only after you read this book, it has something extra at the ending and I got goosebumps watching the ending. It made me question even more!
Rating: 5/5 stars!