I vaguely remember reading this book several years ago. I was very young then, and admittedly, this book was one of the first few that instilled a passion within me for the artistry of reading and writing, therefore kudos to Patrick Ness for his influence.
It’s the type of book you’ll find difficult to let go, in spite of the intended intelligible set of characters contained. The story has minimal depth to it to be accounted, which makes things easier to apprehend considering that he targets a younger bunch of audiences (Aged 12-17).
As for his writing style, I must say that the way Patrick illustrates scenarios and various settings is very comprehensive and poise. The characters weren’t only present for the sake of the story, but he’d whisked them all to life, giving them the power to sway us readers enough to empathize with the main character.
With all that being said, the only factor to why I opine that the work is only close to perfect, is the plot. It wasn’t bad, not at all! But it could’ve been tweaked a little better. I could’ve almost foresee the route the tale will take, and piece together how the story will end when I wasn’t quite at the finish yet; which is a minor put off.
Yet this book is amazing nonetheless. I’d recommend it to everyone, regardless of age and favored genres.
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.