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Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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An Action-Packed Retelling of a Classic
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Hardcover | Kindle book
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Who could wait until September for the concluding book in this trilogy? So much drama, intensity, and unpredictable unknowns? I couldn't. There was no turning back once I calculated that for only a couple dollars more, I could have it now, and in the spiffy UK edition no less. (Which seriously, if we're talking about cover art, it has one of the most creative and one-of-a-kind book jackets out there. ) It also has to do with a certain author named Patrick Ness, who is the king of cliffhangers. The Ask and the Answer ended, again, with everything still on the line and a new plot twist. I can't help thinking: was he trying to kill us with suspense? But I can't see it written differently. Ness' signature chapter and ending cliffhangers reflect the entire tone of this series: furious pace, anything-can-happen, action-driven story arc for a futuristic people forced to settle a New World sans technology but with unknown alien natives and uttered thoughts called Noise.Read more ›
This book, like the previous two in the series, deals with weighty issues of love, loyalty, trust, communication, and information. But Ness also delves into relationships between parents and their children, leaders and followers, and the responsibilities associated with all of these roles. And then there's the issue of redemption... can people go beyond the point of redemption?
The story focuses onto Todd and Viola, Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle, and the Sky (leader of the Land - or Spackle as they are called by humans) and the Return (previously known to us as 1017). Outside of these main pairings, we have two settlers, Simone and Bradly, who are friends of Viola's and control the scout ship we saw landing at the end of The Ask and the Answer. And we have the returning Mistresses, Wilf and Jane, Lee, and Angharrad and Acorn (yes, I included the horses, because I LOVE those horses). As in The Ask and the Answer, we can draw the comparisons between the Mayor and Mistress Coyle, seeing how they each use power and politics to try and seize control. But, while I thought they were far too similar in the last book, we see them strongly diverge here as they both realize that the war has changed from the one that they started.
The reader is constantly shifting in this book, from the perspective of Todd to Viola to 1017.Read more ›
1. All the elements that made "Knife..." so great disappeared! Talking animals companions went by the wayside. They introduced humor to this bleak world and created characters that weren't totally twisted. For that matter, the animals's noise really ceased to be a major element at all. I really loved Manchee. I wanted more Manchees. I needed more Manchees.
2. What is with Todd and Viola screaming each other's names into the nothingness?? Holy moly, that was annoying. It was like the Titanic movie, but worse. Sometimes there were two pages with Todd screaming Viola's name on it six or more times! Who does that?
3. Ness drawing out the action for the sake of suspense turned into a ridiculous parody here. Melodrama and scene-splicing intersected here to this unbelievable magnitude it was impossible to stay "in the story", if you know what I mean.
I think the biggest thing that I didn't like is the quick point of view changes. I really liked the addition of the voice of Spackle 1017. It was great to learn more about the Spackle. However, the chapters were too short and the changes too sudden for me. And I felt like I kept hearing about the same events over and over again, first from Todd's point of view, then from Viola's, and then again from 1017's.
Also, I hated all of the characters in this book. Maybe I was supposed to, the title is Monsters of Men after all. But it's one thing to make a bad decision once or twice. It's another thing to keep making the same bad decisions over and over and over again. For example, don't keep trusting the people that have already screwed you over multiple times.
The repetitive narration combined with the constant bad decisions made this book feel agonizingly slow and never-ending. I almost couldn't finish it- it took me several weeks. The pace did finally pick up for me near the end, but after trudging the endless middle to get there, I discovered that I didn't really care.
I know other reviewers found this book fast-paced and exciting, but for me personally, it just didn't work. And I am so incredibly disappointed because the first book was so stinking good!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ness tells an amazing story, and this final installment of the trilogy delivers. You will not be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Kristina Krueger
This is one of the best trilogies I have ever read! It is so well written that after a while you forget that it's not real. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bernadette G.
Holy cow! Though I hated the endings of each of the first two books because they were such cliffhangers, I loved this series. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JamieGamer
And I'm still hungry for more. This series is some of the best sci-fi I've read in a while. Such a roller coaster of events and people and animals and feelings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Misty Hunnicutt