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Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
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Feb 19, 14

it was amazing

I loved the way this trilogy set itself apart from the beginning; the unique first-person voice, the emotion expressed in sentence fragments and surges, the addition of beautifully fonted, perfectly expressive Noise. And I grew to love the story and its driving characters, Todd and Viola. Two young people who fight through what may be one of the most terribly realistic, frightening, heartbreaking, life-affirming wars ever recorded between pages.

Todd is on one side, bound to the vicious Mayor Prentiss by promises and his half-formed hopes that there is still a chance of redemption for the evil man. Viola stands on the other, having come to hate the Answer and its leader, but still desperate for someone who can help her protect Todd. The only people either of them trust is one another. The only question is, is it possible to love someone so much you will see a civilization crumble for the sake of their survival?

And then there are the Spackle, finally introduced in full force and given their fair share of the story. Because the Spackle 1017, whom Todd both broke and rescued, has returned to his kind, and revenge consumes his entire mind, threatening to destroy his own people.

Never before have I read the madness of war, and the madness of those that participate in it, with such brutally honest, chilling emotion. Never have I understood so clearly the strength of will it takes to make tough choices and stay true to yourself when moral hell is upon you. The reason this trilogy is dubbed "Chaos Walking" becomes most clear in this novel. There are plots, betrayals, sacrifices, choices, deaths, twists, and horrors. You become so invested in the characters that you hate them and love them, are proud and ashamed of the things they do. And in the end everyone is so wonderfully human, and maybe it's that which really sets this series apart. It finds a way to make everyone real. A very, very satisfying ending.
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