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Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  36,100 ratings  ·  3,982 reviews
"War," says the Mayor. "At last." 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 awa ...more
Hardcover, 603 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Candlewick Press (first published May 3rd 2010)
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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
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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
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

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
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.
Dec 05, 2010 Isamlq rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Dec 14, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Raeleen Lemay
my heart has officially been blown up into a million little pieces.

Lisa Scott
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
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!
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 18, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Shannon (leaninglights)
Whaaaaaaat. The last novella better give me some answers!
David Estes
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.
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
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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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
Shelby *wants some 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
I take it back! The Hunger Games trilogy >>> this one.

What happened?! All the promise of that bk2 ending...I guess all that came through, from the action angle. Looking back, there was so much action, so much to learn about this place, so much investment in certain (four-legged) packages, that I missed the lack of maturity in the two main characters. Even the development of a smidgen of maturity. How many times did Todd and Viola rant about Viola and Todd? If it was a drinking game, you
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
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
The trilogy progressively got worse, and this final installment was just plain tedious. The one star was more an award to myself for getting through it.

The dialogue is extremely repetitive. The length of the novel basically consists of "Viola" "Todd" "Viola?" "Todd!" "Viola!" "Todd?"


All of which is emphasised in a variety of fonts, italics and bolded? text. I wager the book could've been halved in size if they'd omitted the constant declarations of each other's name.

Secondly, in the pr
My heart.....
It's in pieces....
Zanib  Sajjad
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Amazing book. All books of "Chaos walking" series are stunning. The characters and the plot just blew my mind. One of the best series I've ever read. Highly recommended to everyone!
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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.

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