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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Book review: A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Like the Chaos Walking trilogy, this novel is filled with gut-wrenching emotional intensity, though it's a very different type of story. The writing is aimed at a younger audience, but Ness doesn't shy away from the complexity that his subject demands. As in Chaos Walking, Ness builds on the theme that the most difficult demons to face are those within ourselves. The hauntingly beautiful writing is enhanced by the superb illustrations by Jim Kay--if ever there was a book that made the case for print over e-books, this is it. It's a work of art in every sense of the word, and a fitting tribute to the late Siobhan Dowd, who inspired its creation.

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