A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness (2011)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror
Format: Paperback/Audiobook (3 hours 51 minutes)
Conor is the young boy at the centre of our story, he is haunted by monsters both real and imaginary. Conor’s mum has cancer, this story follows how Conor was affected by this and how he has learnt to deal with his grief.
As a coping strategy Conor conjures up a monster, someone who initially presents themselves as a villain, but soon it is clear that Conor needs this monster to push away the hardships in his life. It’s a really sad concept that to beat his demons, Conor must conjure up another. And potentially the reason I didn’t get on well with this book is because of how much tragedy falls upon such a young boy and how it feels to him to be loosing his mother. It’s all too real and harrowing me and I found this book made me feel pretty miserable.
I know there’s a lot more I could have taken from it, but for me it was just too sad and I felt myself loosing interest too because of the short length. The risk with a smaller book is always that we will not get enough interest in the characters and settings as we want.