I think we bother reading books with a specific antagonist and protagonist to give us some kind of closure. Its simple, and made for simple minded people. Which isn’t a bad thing. But most realities of a situation is their is no good or bad guy, in books or in real life. We are all some kind of between. And again, that’s not a bad thing. We all make mistakes and that’s part of life. We all just fight to make it through and whether we beat other people in the race or make bad decisions along the way, it will always define us as people. So I think in a way that’s kind of what the monster was trying to tell Conner. He is looking at the situation with his mom having cancer as the main antagonist in his life, but that could not be the case, he just hasn’t learned that yet.