Author: Patrick Ness, illustrated by Jim Kay, conceptualized by Siobhan Dowd
Release Date: September 15, 2011 (first published May 5, 2011)
Edition: Hardcover (206 pages)
Publisher: Candlewick Press
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 nightmare 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, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.
It wants the truth.
Let me preface this by saying that the Chaos Walking series is one of my favorites of all time. It’s such an intense and interesting series of novels that I absolutely ate up. I recommend it to so many people all the time who are looking for a book to read. So, needless to say, I was quite eager to be able to read this one for my young adult course!
Now, I love the story behind this one. Siobhan Dowd, after finding out that she was sick, had asked her publishers to get Patrick Ness to finish this story for her upon her death. He ultimately agreed, but wanted to truly stick to what the original story was as to respect Siobhan. So, this is what was created. He also got Jim Kay to help illustrate it. It’s also been made into a movie, though I haven’t seen it yet.
I found this book to be really captivating. I immediately fell for Conor. I wanted him to be okay. I felt for him, especially with his mother’s cancer and him trying to face the reality of it throughout the whole novel. I even cried at the end. I don’t do that often, so that’s saying something! All I can say is that I really want to read more by Patrick Ness now and also check out this movie.
I wouldn’t change a thing about this book.