Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd

Title: A Monster Calls
Authors: Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
Published: September 2011
Genre: Childrens, Drama, Fantasy
Reviewer: Hannah

Summary (Goodreads):

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But this 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 starter 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.

Review:

Siobhan Dowd is one of my favorite children's authors. Her stories are always beautiful and poetic and never fail to strike me in one way or the other. A Monster Calls was no exception. True, Siobhan died before she could finish this book, and the project was passed on to Patrick Ness (author of the Chaos Walking series). While I believe she could have done a better job writing it than Patrick did, it still turned out beautifully.

One of my favorite things about the book was how Conor's character, despite the struggles he has to endure and all of the emotions swirling around inside him, he didn't turn into some cheeky, sarcastic teenager. I never really had a problem with that kind of character before, but after reading it in so many books, it was becoming tiresome and clichè.

And the artwork done by Jim Kay is incredibly impressive and definitely worth noting. His illustrative techniques are unique, and it shows; they match the story perfectly.

A Monster Calls is very well done, and I recommend it to everyone. Worth the read, I guarantee.

-Hannah

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