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Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men

Author: Patrick Ness

Pages [hardcover]: 603

Memorable Quote:
To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility

Favorite Characters:
Viola, Todd, & Lee

The third book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy!
Book 1: The Knife of Never Letting Go 
Book 2: The Ask and the Answer

Summary:

“War,” says the Mayor. “At last.” Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge – the electrifying finale to the award-winning “Chaos Walking” trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

Review

 This thrilling conclusion to the Chaos Walking Trilogy is nonstop action and suspense. I could barely put it down, and then only when I absolutely needed to. I’ll try to review this without giving anything away from this book, or the previous books.

I love how it’s told from all sides of the conflict, short snippets of several main character’s perspectives. I breezed through the book because one character’s section would end on a cliff-hanger, then it would switch abruptly to another and leave me with another cliff-hanger when the perspective moved back to the first character! The way the story is told reflects the confusion the characters are feeling-things are happening so quickly, it’s almost impossible to digest one development before another major plot-bomb is dropped on the reader.

I also love that throughout this entire series, not one character has been essentially ‘perfect’. Everyone has their flaws and weaknesses, diferrent hopes and dreams. Their actions show this, and I love how a character’s personally isn’t twisted to suit the plot-the plot turns because of the character. I often find it annoying when a character suddenly changes just because it’s not convenient for them to act that way anymore. These books take that thought and turn it upside-down.

I think this is one of those books that will stay with me for a long, long time. Even though it’s set in the future, on another planet, with an alien species, it still focuses on issues most prevalent today. War, love, hate, desire, and hope all reign free. Dictators, revolutionaries, and every leader in between is featured.

One last thing I’m fanatic about is the writing style. Not only how the Noise is portrayed, but the abrupt, cut off sentences that nearly replicate human thought and really conveyed the emotions of the characters.

I love the Chaos Walking Trilogy! Of course I’m sad that it’s all over…but then I can always go back and reread it! Everyone should definitely give this trilogy a chance. I give Monsters of Men 5/5 stars.

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4 thoughts on “Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

  1. I don’t know. I’ve been recommended this series but it sounds a bit unrelenting for me. Non stop action is exhausting. Might give the first one a go though. The ebook isn’t too expensive.

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    1. This really is a fantastic series. But I can see how all of the action can be a bit of a turn off. It’s hard to find a place to pause for a moment and just let everything soak in. The first one is most normally-paced of the three, I think.

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