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 wants the truth.
Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.
A Monster Calls is a super quick read, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one. Despite the simple writing, it packs some heavy punches. It is beautiful in that simplicity and perfect in its execution. The characters are unexpected. The monster is vivid and mysterious and unique. Conor is a worthy protagonist, and he will break your heart. Read this with a fresh box of tissues.