Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men

Book - 2010
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As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763647513
0763647519
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION NESS
Characteristics: 603 p. : map ; 23 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 23, 2017

Monsters of Men is the third and final installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The story takes place immediately where the second book, The Ask and the Answer left off. The Spackle have returned to wage war against humanity, which is divided between loyalties to Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle. The story follows the experiences of Todd, Viola and a new protagonist, a Spackle known as “The Return.” The book is well written, has some good character development and interesting themes explored in the story. I’m not a big fan of the ending but it is far from being objectively bad. Although this is a good read, I feel that The Ask and the Answer may have been the better story; however that is just personal preference. Overall, the book is definitely worth your time if you enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy. 4/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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green_snake_744
Jul 11, 2016

if this world were real I would be a spackle.

PimaLib_KimB Jul 06, 2016

This final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't stop reading. A hard-hitting examination of war, conquest, and the consequences of settling in another world. The best part about this book was the many different points of view, including not only Todd and Viola who we had already met in the first two books, but the people from the scout ship and the 'Spackle.' The point of view from the two 'Spackle' or The Land as they call themselves, was for me, the highlight of the book. Patrick Ness managed to portray these differing views delicately and each person had a very distinctive voice. It was a well crafted novel. Well done.

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Puppylover60
Jul 02, 2016

This book was amazing! The start was a bit boring but Ness picked up the pieces after a while. I love the way he wrote in the Spakles perspective as well as Todd's and Viola's. It's the end that really bugged me. I love it when books end happily but suspenfully but Monsters Of Men didn't even do that! When I read the ending I threw the book on my bed, groaned into my pillow and died! (I'm kidding... no I'm not). It's so stupid yet so genius! #Whyme?

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

The trilogy fades in this last installment, but still recommended for its ingenuity and humanity.

ChristchurchLib Oct 01, 2013

"In most stories about humans and aliens, the aliens are the invaders. But in the Chaos Walking trilogy, it's humans who have invaded the home planet of the alien Spackle. This final volume of the trilogy looks at the horrors of war not just through the eyes of humans Todd and Viola, but also from the perspective of a reluctant Spackle leader called 1017. Readers willing to tackle this epic read will be riveted by a powerful, thought-provoking tale of agonising choices, shattering violence, and hard-won redemption. Newcomers to the series, however, should begin with the 1st book, The Knife of Never Letting Go." Teen Scene October 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=684197

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

In this third and final book of the Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness has managed to combine the high-stakes action from the first book with the deeper questions about humanity from the second book. Monsters of Men asks whether any man, and mankind, can truly change- if redemption is possible, and if so, what price it costs.

I found myself, once again, yelling at characters, gasping at events, and crying a few times. Todd and Viola continue their journeys of self-discovery and growth. And despite the fantastical science fiction setting, the events and attitudes are echoes of our own history.

What can I say? You should read this, but you should start with book one, The Knife of Never Letting Go. And be prepared for an emotional journey, and one hell of a ride.

I recommend this book for fans of classic "what is mankind" science fiction, those who've read the first two books in the series, readers who enjoy mature (not racy) YA literature, and folks who enjoy a mix of political intrigue with action and true coming of age journeys.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Best in the series! But very sad ending. Powerful. Funny. Epic. Gory. Thought provoking. Loved every page!

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anthonybencivengo
Nov 27, 2012

While it spins wildly out of control near the end, this is a thrillingly suspenseful, engagingly complex novel which contains all the strengths and weaknesses that fans of the trilogy have come to expect. Chaos Walking ends with the bang such a great trilogy deserves.

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skywalker13
Oct 24, 2012

This is a brilliant but somewhat sad ending to the Knife series.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing. But what do you expect? They are at war!

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: some mild

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Really violent. Some gore.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

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