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Guest Review: Monsters of Men

November 17, 2012

My sister is back with a review for the final book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy –  a series she loved, in case you can’t tell.  This trilogy is outside of my comfort zone but my sister’s enthusiasm has me wanting to try it.  Here’s what she had to say:

New World is at war.  Not only are the two human factions battling it out, but a third group has entered the fray.  The scheming, deranged President has broken the treaty forged between the settlers and the indigenous people by ordering the genocide of those Spackle living amongst the humans.  Normally peaceful, the Spackle are determined to defend themselves and rid New World of the invading humans once and for all.  In the years since the treaty was struck the Spackle have not been sitting idly by.  Oh no, they’ve been busy inventing new and vastly more lethal weapons.   To add even another element to all the fighting and turmoil, the new group of settlers arrival from their long space journey is close at hand.  The President has taken a shine to young Todd, teaching him his special mind control skills, and thinking of him as a son.  Viola meanwhile is having her doubts about Mistress Coyle’s, the opposition’s leader, true agenda.  Will our two young heroes save the day and each other, or will all the sides continue battling it out at the cost of so many precious lives?

The third and final volume, Monsters of Men, of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy is a slam dunk.  The first volume of the trilogy is told from Todd’s perspective.  Volume two is told in the first-person narrative, alternating between Todd and Viola.  The third book adds the voice of a Spackle to those of Todd and Viola.  I think it helps tremendously in understanding each of the main characters thoughts and feelings.  The protagonists are each faced with ethical dilemmas, and the big question is will they be able to learn from their mistakes and choose the right path.  This thought provoking book is full of suspense from the first page all the way to the very last.  High praise has been heaped on this series and deservedly so.  An excellent read for young adults and adults alike.

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Review copy provided by Candlewick Press. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
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12 Comments leave one →
  1. sandynawrot permalink
    November 17, 2012 5:51 am

    I loved this series so much. Kathy you should really try it. It is completely consumable. You can’t put it down. I blew through all three books in a very short amount of time, just about a year ago. It is so amazing when you find a series that keeps your attention that way (at least for me, as I am easily distracted). The only thing that makes me sad is that I can never read it again for the first time.

  2. November 17, 2012 6:57 am

    Echoing Sandy!!! But I have to say that I tried to get two people to read it (one of whom was Jim), and both of them started it and went “meh, not for me.” So I think one either immediately gets it and loves it (and by immediately I don’t mean from page one because it took me a while to get used to the differentness of it) or it’s not their thing. Like Cloud Atlas or something, I suppose!

  3. Beth F permalink
    November 17, 2012 7:14 am

    This series is totally for me! I started the first one and then got waylaid for some unknown reason and never went back. I’m not sure why. I’ve been told the audios are awesome, so I may go that route.

  4. November 17, 2012 7:24 am

    I agree…this was one series that got better with every book. Adding in a new narrator for each book was a genius move.

  5. kaye permalink
    November 17, 2012 8:01 am

    Hmmm .. interesting comments. Kathy, I think I lean to your side. Not sure this series would interest me but the readers who did read it sure have enthusiasm for the series. Your sister writes a wonderful review!

  6. November 17, 2012 9:44 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this one for ages.

  7. November 17, 2012 9:57 am

    I haven’t heard of this one before, but it does sound like an interesting series.

  8. November 17, 2012 10:09 am

    This sounds like a great series! Nice review by your sister Kathy :)

  9. November 17, 2012 2:54 pm

    I have not read it yet…something stops me…but I am not sure what…

  10. November 17, 2012 2:58 pm

    At some point I want to make time for these books…loved all of your reviews on them!

  11. bookingmama permalink
    November 17, 2012 6:32 pm

    Great review, but I’m not sure they are for me either.

  12. November 17, 2012 8:52 pm

    I want to read these!

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