“It’s seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting – he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd – whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself – Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.”
Speaking of Patrick Ness, this is a brilliantly poetic and visual narrative that’s both moving and inspiring. I was drawn to the illustrations of this book, more than anything else, but the story (or should I say stories) told through it are fascinating and beautiful. It is a powerful story about a boy whose mother is very sick. It’s about grief. It’s about loss. It’s about courage. It’s about guilt. It’s about facing monsters. It’s short, sad and profound.
Loved it, although it broke my heart. Recommended for any high school reader. 4 stars.