Patrick Ness’s fantasy novel will be released in movie form this year. The children’s book centers around a boy whose mother has terminal cancer, and a storytelling monster. The film adaptation has a slew of big names attached, including actors Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver, so if you haven’t read this one yet, better pick up a copy in time for the October premiere.
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
At 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.