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Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

4.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,360 Ratings  ·  4,404 Reviews
Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await?
Hardcover, 603 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by Walker Books Ltd.
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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
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
Also find this review on Don't Stop Readin'



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
Jul 16, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 08, 2016 Clau R. rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2010 Isamlq rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 21, 2016 Warda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 26, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, own
my heart has officially been blown up into a million little pieces.

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....

Lisa Scott
May 01, 2010 Lisa Scott rated it it was amazing
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
Ecmel Soylu
Jun 30, 2016 Ecmel Soylu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ya harika harika harika harika harika
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
This one time, Monsters of Men punched me in the face.

It was awesome.


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!
... I don't know what to say. What a wonderful series.
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.
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
David Estes
Jan 27, 2013 David Estes rated it it was amazing
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
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.

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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
Jul 22, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, faves
What an end to an amazing series! This series has just completely blown me away and surpassed every single one of my expectations. I honestly believe that this book is in a different league to every other book series (and other books too). You can't fault these books, Patrick Ness is just a phenomenal writer and I have so much respect for him!

Everything about this book is awesome. It stays on par with the other two books (although the second one is my favourite). The only slightly negative thin
This review is going to be one huge spoiler if you haven't read the first two books.... just a heads up.

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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
These books are shelved in my library system as Sci-fi. First of all I usually hate science fiction. I've never ever liked it. Then someone comes along and suggests Patrick Ness books to me. Holy crap. What had I been missing. I read A Monster Calls and loved it. So when I heard he had a dystopian series out I knew I had to give it a try.

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This set of books is not just Young Adult. These books should honestly in my opinion be required reading for everyone. Amazing complex. These books have chara
Marko Radosavljevic
Da li ste ,dok gledate film ili čitate knjigu imali onaj nelagodni osećaj da konstantno padate?Takav utisak ostavlja ovaj roman,od prve stranice prvog dela,pa sve do kraja.Pokušavam da napišem ovo a da ne pokvarim čitanje drugima...U isto vreme sam zahvalan što je ova triologija prošla kroz moje ruke,i proklinjem što mi je ,u neku ruku,ponovo otvorila oči,kako samo to neke knjige znaju.Čisto ilustracije radi,poslednjih 150 stranica sam čitao do jako kasno uprkos što ustajem u pola pet ujutru.Nis ...more
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)
Re-read with Jen (again) (shut up just shut up ;) )

5 Stars

Again, I am blown away by how magnificent this series was. The world that Ness created is so complex, intricate, and altogether heartbreaking that you can't help but fall for these flawed characters. Time and again they are faced with extreme circumstances and forced to make decisions no child should ever have to be faced with-they make mistake after mistake-and they come out stronger than before each and every time. I felt all the same
Whitney Milam
Jan 20, 2016 Whitney Milam rated it it was amazing
Damn. This series was a HEAVY read. Ruthless and relentless. I'm not sure I can even say I ENJOYED it, per se, but I feel like I have to give it five stars regardless for how skillfully and intelligently it was constructed, with all its infuriating moral complications and complexities and contradictions. This is what YA should be.
Nov 30, 2015 Ayunda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-cried
Read the full review on my blog @ Tea and Paperbacks.

One of the most disliked things about the series is how many people dislike the writing style of the book. The story is told from Todd’s perspective, and because he’s quite uneducated, the narration is quite all over the place and even has several misspellings. At the beginning I was taken aback by this and I was totally bugged by it. But then I sort of got used to it and found that the story flows better through Todd’s point of view.

Most of
leave me alone.
Its over, and theres no coming back from that.

Cuando una de tus trilogías favoritas, una de las que más te hizo sentir y con la que te has sentido tan compenetrada por tanto tiempo, es difícil dejar ir. Es difícil soltar esa historia y asumir que terminó. Porque la historia de Todd, de Viola, de The Mayor, de Mistress Coyle, de Wilf, de Ben, de The Return, de Lee, la historia de todos ellos terminó, pero al mismo tiempo hay algo tan vibrante en las páginas de este libro
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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
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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)

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