Guest Review: Monsters of Men
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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