*Warning, this post was written with a lot of feelings, so please bare with all the pictures*
I finally got my hands on this amazing book! Such a great children/middle grade book. But don’t take this the wrong way, this book is very dark.
The illustrations are the most beautiful thing i ever saw in a book.
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.
But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…
This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth
We start the book meeting Conor, a boy whose life is different from a boy his age. At 00h07 he meets a monster and he doesn’t believe it, thinking it’s just a dream. But this monster isn’t just a dream. Is a realization of himself.
I don’t want to say much more because the story is surrender by mystery and it should stay that way.
The story goes from bullying to depression, from understanding our self’s and those around us. While reading this i cried i laugh i felt for Conor. The hype around Patrick Ness might scary you but it’s true. Having the ability to write a book to children with all this themes and at the same time having them understand them is a super power. Even to adults who can’t live with this kind of problems.
This quote was one of many that got stuck in me. The story center around telling to truth to yourself and others, about understanding humans aren’t made of what they think but what they do, given those thoughts.
If you can read this book, if you don’t enjoy this type of books, just give it a try. It’s really dark but an amazing story. I gave it (of course) 5 out of 5! Next, a small review but with some spoilers.
Did you read this book? Did you enjoy it?
I cried like a baby when Conor’s mother died. I felt so sad for him, everything he goes through is difficult to read just because we feel like that so many times.
But everything around him was just off. First the bullying, more than physical, it was psychological. Saying to some that he is invisible, that nobody sees him. Like the monster said, if nobody sees us, do we even exist? Everyone needs a friend, someone who see us for what we truly are, good and bad.
Then the depression, to me the monster is the realization of Conor depression. He can’t admit he just wants everything to end because he is tired. Tired to see his mother in suffering, tired of being pitted, tired of being invisible. The ‘adults’ in his life did said something that always made me stop reading for a seconds, “What’s the point?”. That is exactly what made Conor feel so depressed, everyone around him, even the one person who should be by his side (Father) was making him invisible. Conor just needed support and just his dying mother knew that.
Can you imagine, yourself with the age you have (in my case 22), knowing the most important person in your life is going to die? Knowing that, that someone, is lying to herself just to calm you down even thought you know that is worthless?
Know imagine a kid going through that. Of course he blamed himself, of course he didn’t wanted to admit the truth. But i’m glad in the end he did it. He told his mother what he wanted and she died knowing the truth.
I hope you enjoyed and tell me what did you took from this book?