Arts, Reviews

In Review: A Monster Calls

Arts, Reviews

In Review: A Monster Calls

7 months ago
By Alex Clement

From the get go, you are drawn into a world of pain and suffering – which doesn’t exactly sound appealing I understand.

Though the book is rather short, in the end it feels like you’ve been reading it for a lifetime. Not because it’s dull and boring, but because the story takes a hold of you and it doesn’t let go. It isn’t until the final page that you can bid farewell and finally put the book down.

Originally written by Siobhan Dowd, who sadly lost her life to cancer before she could finish the book. The writing was then picked up by Patrick Ness who brought us the final release. A Monster Calls is the story of Conor, a young boy who is trying to cope with his mother’s illness, as well as having to stand up to the school bullies, a father who lives thousands of miles away with a new family and his neat freak of a grandmother.

This book is raw and genuine, even with the combination of the two authors. It is the perfect fit, Dowd and Ness, creating work that makes something that’s hard to find in any fiction these days – emotional solace.

Some of the scenes are brutal and make you feel for Conor, and others make you think twice about who he really is. Is he really a weak little boy, or is he something more? The illusion of him being this weakling shatters the further you read, and you become aware of Conor and more importantly, The Monster.

The writing is beautiful and each page makes your heart skip a little faster, making you both excited and nervous for what is about to come next.

You can see the trailer for A Monster Calls here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Xbo-irtBA