I never thought that a book that only took me three hours to read would have such an emotional impact on me…
Considering the amount of time it took me to read this book, I can’t quite decide whether I did 100% like this book, but for the sake of this review I’m going to say yes, I did like this book, because right now at this moment in time, I can pick out more pros that cons.
As much as I enjoyed this book, it’s clear that it was written for a younger audience, aimed I would say for those bordering between the Teenage and Young Adult genre. But that’s not to say anyone can read this book. I certainly love reading YA books, so I don’t see the harm in anyone picking them up and giving them a go. I would also recommend this to anyone who has read John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars. It isn’t as romantic/lovey-dovey, but there are characters in similar scenarios. In fact A Monster Calls just hits you with it, where in TFIOS, the blows are very much softened and drawn out a bit more.
This was my first book that I’ve read by Patrick Ness, and if I’m not mistaken, I’ve two more of his books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read, and I’m hoping that they’re as good as this, and that the storytelling is as fluid and enjoyable. I can truly say that I devoured this book, and the pages were constantly turning, and I can say I haven’t read a book that had me turning pages as quick since I read James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series.
The only downside I can pick out is that maybe it was a little too long. I know you’re probably looking at the screen going “But it’s only 236 pages–how can it be too long???”. Well, about halfway through the book, I put it down for a couple of minutes to take a little break, visit the little men’s room etc, and I was thinking, as you generally do when reading, that this could very well be condensed into a short story. If not, at least a novella. I just felt that there were some parts that were a little too drawn out, and when you chop and cut those out, you could very easily probably fit this book into a short story or novella.
Like I said, I read this book in the space of three hours. That for me, ladies and gentlemen, is a personal best. I can’t recall ever reading a book in that space of time. I may have at some point, in drips and drabs, but I think it’s the first time I’ve read an entire book in one sitting in that space of time. I found myelf instantly sucked into this world, eagerly awaiting to see what the Monster was and what impact it would have on Conor’s world.