- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books (2 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406339342
- ISBN-13: 978-1406339345
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.3 x 20.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (469 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Monster Calls fuses the painful and insightful, the simple and profound. The result trembles with life." --The Independent
"Exceptional… This is storytelling as it should be - harrowing, lyrical and transcendent." --The Guardian
"Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer." --John Green
An extraordinarily moving novel about coming to terms with loss.See all Product Description
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I have yet to read any of Siobhan Dowd's books, so I cannot compare the story to her style of writing; having said that Patrick Ness has stated that he did not write the book attempting to mimick her voice. He took her legacy and wrote it in his own unique style.
I was one of those readers who absolutely loved The Chaos Walking Trilogy and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. My initial response was amazement as it really is a thing of beauty. The cover, the design and the drawings created by Jim Kay, just bring this book into a complete category of its own. I cannot stop staring at it. All the illustrations are in black and white and they just add to the haunting nature of the book.
The story itself is an unbelievable roller coaster of feelings that rips your heart out and leaves you emotionally in tatters by the end. Never has a story affected me so much that I still want to cry over it two weeks after reading it. I am not sure if I am happy with Patrick Ness's ability to make me cry so often. This is the second time he has written a book that has left me as a blubbering wreck. ( Manchee! I say no more!). He is just an amazing author whose words leave me speechless.Read more ›
A Monster Calls is based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd. Having never read anything by either Dowd or Ness before (something I have now sworn to resolve) I had no preconceptions about the book at all, nor any idea what it was about. I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't what I got. A dark, heart breaking tale of grief and loss, entwined with ancient mythology and a journey of facing the truth as well as your fears. It's powerful, stunning, achingly sad and genuinely spooky, because the monster in this story is one we could all face.
Reviewing this book is difficult, because I really don't want to give anything away, not even a small detail for fear of taking away from someone else the experience I had while reading it. I can just urge you all to add it to your wishlist, pick it up from the library, anyone from age 10-100...just get hold of a copy. Recommended a million times over.
So was it to be a Dowd or a Ness novel, whose influence would be felt the most? To tell the truth, it's different from anything either author has produced before. Yes, I felt Siobhan's touch at times but this really feels like a one-off, an original masterpiece. In just over 200 pages, Patrick Ness weaves the tale of Conor O'Malley, a 13 year old only child who has a battle on his hands. His single mother is nearing the end of her fight with cancer and Conor has a well meaning grandmother whose good intentions only end up estranging him further. His father has remarried, now living in the US and is in the clutches of a jealous new wife complete with new baby and he hardly wants the added troubles of his teenage son. Meanwhile, at school, the only people who really notice Conor are the bullies - everyone else is busily tip-toeing around the elephant in the room/playground. If that wasn't enough, a monster comes a-calling, in the shape of a yew tree - yew trees are symbolic of everlasting life and healing but this particular specimen doesn't seem very friendly.
This is one of the most powerful, compelling books I have ever read.Read more ›
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A heartbreaking story, beautifully written. I haven't cried this much while reading a book in a long time. Everyone should read this.Published 1 day ago by Andrea
This book is amazing.
It isn't often that a book can make me feel so much emotion and by the end I was heartbroken. Read more
WOW! WOW! WOW! Where to start? I fell in love with this story. A MUST READ! I decided to read this story as I saw there was a film of this story and many readers have been reading... Read morePublished 2 days ago by BTPBookClub
I really don't understand the hype behind this book. It has been all over BookTube but it is just boring.Published 2 days ago by Ms T.S.B
This novel is stunningly beautiful in its portrayal of grief - an emotion that its 13 year old main character, Conor, is as yet unable to manage. Read morePublished 2 days ago by pomegranate
I felt very sorry for the main character and the idea of the monster calling, representing his fears for the future, was a good one but there was not one character I liked. Read morePublished 2 days ago
Oh my goodness! Part fable, part children's tale, part harrowing tale of despair and innocence.
The tears are streaming down my face.
I both loved and hated this book. You can feel every emotion Conner is feeling. You want so much for the nightmare to turn into a happy ending, yet at the same time you know it... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jennifer
I read this book after seeing the film and I found reading as emotive as viewing it. Very well written and I feel everyone would benefit from experiencing its truth.Published 3 days ago by Pennie 54