Published by Walker Books (9.27.2011)
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
Format: Hardcover, 215 pages
Source: I own it
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.
I have heard of this book through many bloggers, and have seen TONS of glowing reviews for it. I’ve seen people talk about how it changed their life. (This was actually my first foray into the Middle Grade genre.) Honestly, I don’t even know how to review and rate this because this book didn’t really do anything for me.
It was deep…almost too deep for the audience it was meant for. But at the same time, it felt like kind of a pointless story for me (I feel like I’m going to get a lot of flak for saying that). I think maybe it’s just because it’s not my cup of tea, or maybe it’s that the story was so short and I didn’t have time to really get into it. I’m not sure, exactly.
With the subject matter, I should have cried. I didn’t. Why? Lack of connection, I suppose. I just didn’t care. Again, it was over so fast that I didn’t really have time to make a connection to the characters. Aside from the stories the monster told (which were the most interesting part of the story), most of this was just every day life stuff. I didn’t care about the bullies. Or the interactions with his grandmother or father. I was actually rather bored for most of the story. I was curious, though – I wanted to know what “the truth” was.
It is a beautiful story. Just because I didn’t care for it doesn’t mean YOU shouldn’t try it…most of you would probably love it!
I picked this book for Horror October because it was marked as ‘Horror’ on Goodreads, but it’s not really horror at all. Yes, there’s a monster…but it’s really more of contemporary than anything else. View Spoiler »I suppose it could be counted as scary in the fact that it’s terrifying to lose a loved one… « Hide Spoiler
Writing style: 3/5
Overall rating: 2.5/5