Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)” as Want to Read:
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,306 Ratings  ·  4,403 Reviews
As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will ...more
Paperback, 603 pages
Published 2010 by Walker Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Monsters of Men, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Carter Diggs
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I am shocked. I am speechless. I don't even think I can do this book justice by writing this review. My first reaction is just to scream "OH MY EFFING GOD!!!" (only I don't say "effing"! heh heh …Well, if you've read the books you get the joke) …which is exactly what I said about fifty times after I finished reading it last night.

Seriously, it isn't often that a book like this comes along. I don't think a book has left me feeling this shocked and amazed in years––not even the first two books, wh
...more
Emily May
After falling completely in love with the first two books in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, it made perfect sense for me to seek out the final installment asap. And I must admit, my immediate thoughts were mixed. This book doesn't share the fast pace of 'The Knife Of Never Letting Go' and doesn't put as much emphasis on the shock factor like 'The Ask And The Answer'. But it delivered beautifully in a way I could never have imagined.

Firstly, I've never been a huge fan of swapping the narrative repeat
...more
Anushka
Also find this review on Don't Stop Readin'

OH. MY. GOD.

I-
CAN’T-
EVEN-


Page 572
It will always haunt me.
I will never be able to forget it.
It was when I started crying hysterically until my throat started aching.

There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to sing praises of this series. I am simply tongue-tied by the brilliance of this trilogy, the depth of the topics explored via the characters in this book.
I really cannot write a proper review, I just can’t. I am so severely shocked and utte
...more
karen
Dec 07, 2011 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: why-yes-i-ya

this lower-than-five-stars rating is probably my fault. i had to put the book down because of life (stupid life) so there was a whole day there where i didn't get to read a single word of this, and i may have simply lost my momentum as a result.

this book is still fantastic.

it is a slower-paced, more meditative book than the other two. before, it was all breakneck excitement and every time the characters seemed to be able to pause for breath - blammo! another effing tragedy! which strangely, did
...more
Regan
Jul 16, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best endings of a trilogy i have ever read. I sobbed, and laughed, but most sobbed. So poetic, honestly, Patrick Ness is a gift to this earth.
Clau R.
EVERYTHING HURTS RIGHT NOW, DON'T TALK TO ME!!!!
Amanda
Dec 04, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, blog
If you read my reviews of The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, you'll find that I was a smitten kitten with the Chaos Walking series. In the carbon copy world of young adult literature, these are inventive books with powerful themes resonating throughout. I have been anticipating the moment when I would finish the last book in the trilogy, expecting to savor the return to Todd and Viola's world. So what effin' happened that led to a tepid 3 star rating? I'm still trying to f ...more
Isamlq
Dec 05, 2010 Isamlq rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes, Aaron... E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E!!!!!
Shelves: favorites
Two words: Emotional Investment.

This review is me on a soapbox telling shouting at anyone/everyone within hearing distance to read it… NOW! So, I guess, this review isn't a review after all. Right before I started Monsters, I was so worried if Ness would kill off one, some, or all his characters. Then I asked myself, “Is that all you can think of?” My response: a resounding, YES! My concern extending to the living or dying of these people, clearly establishes my emotional investment. If someone
...more
Kate
Jan 15, 2016 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you get to the final book in a series, and it feels like a different author is writing it, that the real author who began the story back at book one packed a suitcase and got a one-way ticket to some far-off place. This is how I feel about Monsters of Men, which is really the proverbial nail in the Chaos Walking trilogy's coffin.

I've read several glowing reviews for this book, and I admit I struggle to see many of the things those readers are seeing. While everyone's entitled to their
...more
Mariel
Dec 14, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reach the dumb to fool the crowd
Recommended to Mariel by: Infiltrate imagination
"The leaders of men
Born out of your frustration
The leaders of men
Just a strange infatuation
The leaders of men
Made a promise for a new life
No savior for our sakes
To twist the internees of hate
Self-induced manipulation
To crush all thoughts of mass salvation"
- 'Leaders of Men' by Joy Division

Patrick Ness?

Patrick Ness says: "Even in a society where we're constantly being told to 'be be ourselves', the pressure is to conform is terrible, especially for the young. If the Chaos Walking trilog
...more
Denisse
Mar 29, 2016 Denisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was some solid and furious ending. Maybe a bit larger that it should’ve been but powerful in the lessons it wants to deliver, and emotional in its characters. I’m very happy I got to finish this trilogy that has so many depths under the already great superficial plot lines. Highly recomended for any YA lover looking for a mature reading.



Choices may be unbelievably hard but they’re never impossible.

Cuando un libro centra toda su historia en algo muy pequeño y lo repite mucho puede llegar
...more
Priscilla
Mar 31, 2012 Priscilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a book, and what an ending! I couldn't have asked for more. Exceeded my expectations!

Initial Thoughts:
1. Love Todd. Definitely one of my favourite literary characters. His character development throughout this series is INSANE. A genuinely sweet, well intentioned character, you can't help but fall in love and root for Todd.
2. All of the characters are amazing. From the antagonists, and side characters, each had a unique purpose, and perspective in the book. Each character complemented each
...more
Warda
Feb 21, 2016 Warda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*sigh*

I'm in love. I'm in love. I'm in love.

*heart eyes*

“That's the secret of this planet, Todd. Communication, real and open, so we can finally understand each other for once.”

So, now that I've managed to gather my thoughts a bit, I'll try and write some form of a review for the whole trilogy rather than the last instalment alone.

First off, I can't recommend this trilogy enough. It's unique. It's original and goddamn near perfect... No, it IS perfect.

This book is about a boy who lives in a
...more
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 26, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
my heart has officially been blown up into a million little pieces.

boom.
Vladimir
Apr 08, 2016 Vladimir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-read, 2016
Toliko me je svo ovo potreslo da jednostavno nemam snage išta da napišem... plus, mislim da neću plakati sledećih godinu dana.

I zato umesto prikaza....




10/10
Lisa Scott
May 01, 2010 Lisa Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Reading Monsters of Men is like being on a roller coaster. At first it feels fairly slow, with tension building and building, and then you're hurtling down and hanging on for dear life. It took me several days to get through the first 200 pages or so, and then the last 400 I polished off in several hours.

The moral ambiguity of The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer (can Patrick Ness title a book or what?) continues as Todd and Viola attempt to negotiate peace among two human f
...more
Ecmel Soylu
Jun 30, 2016 Ecmel Soylu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ya harika harika harika harika harika
V
Aug 08, 2014 V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, reviewed, fiction
How do you review Monsters of Men?

Just how?

Do I come in with a basic summary of the plot and then move on to what I thought about it? Because if I even tried doing that with Monsters of Men, it might end up something like this:

So after revealing that there are thousands of Spackle still alive on the planet and they are VERY pissed off at the humans for killing several hundred of their own species and have thus formed an army at the end of The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness drops us straight in
...more
Reynje
This one time, Monsters of Men punched me in the face.

It was awesome.

Photobucket

Proper review to come (eventually).

[Note: By "proper" I mean probably full of italics, caps, uncontrolled flailing about, and the literary equivalent of high pitched screeching].

Start making my t-shirt, Jo!
Rebecca
... I don't know what to say. What a wonderful series.
Polly
This series and really this book in particular was such a crazy rollercoaster of feels. It made me curl up in a ball and cry, it made me feel hopeful and empowered and the writing made me very happy because it's so beautiful.

The changes and development these characters (especially Todd) went through was one of my favourite things about this trilogy. I don't know what took me so long but I'm so glad I finally picked this series up.
Lotte
*3.5/5 stars
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 18, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Ace
Shelves: series, ya, borrowed, war, populist
YA fantasy at its finest.

The best book in this trilogy. What a way to conclude the story.

This is the LOTR of the 21st century. The triumph of good over evil is a deathless theme and no matter how many times it has been written, during our times of uncertainties, hope is sometimes the only thing that remains with us to hold on to.

I loved everything about it. Well, to do that, I had to drop all my defenses, sit back and relax and let myself be wooed by Ness. When I decided to crack this final boo
...more
Dannii Elle
I dragged reading this book our for as long as humanely possible because I was so distraught that it was coming to an end! This trilogy has given me everything I could have ever wanted - a rich setting, diverse characters, an action packed plot, sub-plot upon sub-plot, false endings and cliff-hangers galore, evocative imagery, rich world-building and lovable, quirky and real protagonists that will forever have a place in my heart. There have been tears (lots of tears!), laughter and everything i ...more
Frogy (Ivana)
...bilo je očigledno od samog početka da ratovi nemaju nikakvog smislaa. Ubijaš ljude da bi im rekao kako želiš da prestaneš da ubijaš....Čudovišta od ljudi, i od žena.

Trilogija Haos koji hoda pripada YA žanru, ali može se čitati i kao svojevrstan priručnik o životu. Toliko iskrenih emocija, poverenja i ljubavi skoro nisam pronašla u nekoj knjizi. I želim da verujem da ljudi stvarno mogu biti kao što ih Patrik Nes vidi u ovom remek delu, da svako može da pogleda duboko u sebe i da nađe dobrotu k
...more
Ferdy
Spoilers

Ugh, I hated it. I mostly enjoyed the first two books in the series but Monsters of Men was bloody awful. It was a struggle to get through it. The main problem was fucker Todd and fucker Viola, they were the most selfish and vile teenagers ever — the dicks actually thought it was cool to start a war as long as it meant saving the other. What pissed me off more was even though they were horrid little gits, everyone and their mother acted like they were oh so perfect. Ugh. What gave those
...more
David Estes
Jan 27, 2013 David Estes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-dystopian
I don't usually write reviews, but I felt like I had to do something after finishing this series to...honor it. This is probably my favorite dystopian series now and might always be. Simply incredible, I was left speechless and tearful and happy at the last word. I can't read Patrick Ness's next book fast enough.
Shannon (leaninglights)
Whaaaaaaat. The last novella better give me some answers!
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
If the first two books were compelling, Monsters of Men is absolutely earth-shattering.

With Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle at two opposite ends of the spectrum, Todd and Viola must use their strength and influence to join forces and defend the incoming Spackle army. These two will move mountains, sometimes questioning their better judgement in order to protect each other. But what Patrick Ness demonstrates, in such an elegant, symbolic manner, is that love does conquer all.

I love how Todd a
...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
5 effing Stars for Monsters of Men and 4.9 Stars for the entire series.

WOW....just Wow. This is one of those books or actually it is an entire series that I will have the most difficult time putting into words how fantastic it is.

 photo broken-heartfixed_zps035976c6.jpg
There are so many great moments and beautiful writing that I'm amazed by it all.

The thing about war is there is never a winner. Both sides lose; the winner is the one that loses the least. Ness did a fantastic job of showing the lengths that people go to for what they
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Froi of the Exiles (Lumatere Chronicles, #2)
  • The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker, #2)
  • A Darkling Plain (The Hungry City Chronicles, #4)
  • UnDivided (Unwind, #4)
  • Flesh & Bone (Rot & Ruin, #3)
  • Prized (Birthmarked, #2)
  • Rebel Heart (Dust Lands, #2)
  • Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)
  • Fear (Gone, #5)
  • Black Heart (Curse Workers, #3)
  • The Alex Crow
  • Shades of Earth (Across the Universe, #3)
  • Vortex (Insignia, #2)
  • Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)
  • The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist, #2)
370361
Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co
...more
More about Patrick Ness...

Other Books in the Series

Chaos Walking (3 books)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
  • The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)

Share This Book



“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.” 651 likes
“It's not how we fall. It's how we get back up again.” 595 likes
More quotes…