Monsters of Men
Author: Patrick Ness
Pages [hardcover]: 603
To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility
Viola, Todd, & Lee
“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.
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.