A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Most Terrifying Monster of All…
I hate cancer books.
I didn’t know.
I finished it anyway.
I sobbed through the end.
Which is why I hate cancer books.
Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy–the number one best and tragically unknown YA Dystope that exists. On that merit alone, I picked up A Monster Calls. I was actually looking for something spooky and a little dark…you know, something about a monster that torments a boy. Of course, that’s exactly what the book is about. I just didn’t know enough about the monster. Or how much I would relate to the boy. If I had done my homework, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. I’m glad I did.
“The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.”
I was hooked from that first line. Even after I realized what was going on, I couldn’t stop. There was no way I wasn’t going to finish.
The author’s note explains that A Monster Calls was from the brain of an author called Siobhan Dowd. “This would have been her fifth book. She had the characters, a premise, and a beginning. What she didn’t have, unfortunately, was time.” She died in 2007 after a 3 year battle with breast cancer. Let the Ethos influence.
This book should be required reading. It should also be sold with tissues.