The best book I’ve read so far this year (2017). And that said I’m finding it hard to write this. How do you describe a book that looks at the impending death of a loved one without being sappy or sentimental? (No singing choirs or heavenly light here.) It is indeed a monster: cold and hard and cruel. But in the end there’s a sense of reconciliation. And peace. That Patrick Ness does all this within the ‘confines’ of a ‘children’s story’ is all the more remarkable. Actually, forget ‘ children’s story’. This is just a startlingly good book, for any age.