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Chaos Walking: A Trilogy (Chaos Walking #1-3)

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Chaos Walking: A Trilogy - The Knife of Never Letting Go; The Ask and the Ans... Patrick Ness Walker
Paperback, UK edition
Published 2010 by Walker
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Kitty Estrogen is a Noise inhibitor. Only female humans have it. That's why everyone/thing on the planet has Noise and women don't.
Emma Wright I would suggest high school because, while representing the accents and the way some of the characters speak, the Author uses incorrect spelling to…moreI would suggest high school because, while representing the accents and the way some of the characters speak, the Author uses incorrect spelling to show the character's education. This would be very confusing to people in Primary school.(less)

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Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chaos Walking was one of those books that ruins your life. You feel so much for it that you feel like you want to finish it yet you don't want it to end. It's the kind of book you'll be thinking of weeks or even months after you finished reading it. It's not like the Hunger Games. It has a different story and Chaos Walking effected my life more than the Hunger Games did. They are both amazing books, I can say that, but they are not the same. Both of them are different in their own ways and they ...more
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
Trilogies are becoming very common in YA literature, with the implication that if there are three of them, then the books must be really good. What I see is a pattern of an excellent first book, followed by two mediocre ones, or sliding scale of quality. Let's call this the "Matrix" effect. This series reminded me a lot of the Hunger Games: stellar first book, tons of action, big cliffhanger...then the next two books do little to further the plot, are full of padding and repeats, and are in shor ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars

Let me tell you why I absolutely love this book:

1. Todd and Viola - they're probably one of the best YA literary couples of all time. why? No insta-love and a real connection between them. It literally took them 3 books to finally kiss, and, although I was cheering them on the whole time to kiss already, I'm really glad Patrick Ness decided to wait because I feel their relationship grew more.
2. I actually felt what the characters were feeling! This hasn't happened in soooooo long. I'm
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia
This is a really interesting planet in which everybody can hear and see the chaotic inner thoughts of men, animals, and the sentient native humanoid aliens. But the constant information has driven most people a little crazy...and one megalomaniac a LOT crazy. I couldn't put the books down, but I'm kind of glad to be leaving the craziness behind at the same time.

Because through three entire books two innocent, good-hearted teenagers are chased, controlled, betrayed, and nearly killed by the adult
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this series because I was intrigued by the titles of the first two books. A book with a title like "The Knife of Never Letting Go" has to be good, right? And yes, I was right.
I sacrifice a little of my anti-war reading (okay, I have no such thing, but I did skip a few pages in Monsters of Men--didn't want that picture in my head) to read from this brilliant author. All first person with great voice. This was one of the few times where a story was told from multiple points of view--bo
Keri Roberts
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this trilogy, absolutely brilliant
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm reviewing this trilogy as a single book, because that's how I devoured it. This is another one of the young adult books that tackles a morally ambiguous universe in a clear-eyed, realistic, and useful way, without skimping on all the other elements that make young adult fantasy so great (aliens, a love story, struggles for power!, enhanced mental abilities, a long journey, talking animals, etc.)

You can read the synopsis of the story anywhere else, so I'll just say the essentials here: A worl
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
In all honesty, this series surprised me more than I expected it to. I went in not expecting much only to find I enjoyed it much more than a lot of other young adult trilogies I have read.

To begin with I feared the worst, the writing style being rather off-putting. After a much shorter period of time than I had expected, I was soon overlooking the writing style as I found the story truly gripping. As soon as I finished one book I was picking up the next, then working my way through the short sto
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing trilogy. This is classified as young adult, but I highly recommend it for adults. The writing is rich, the story riveting, and the characters are unique and distinctive.

One caveat: Plan to read all three books at once. These books don't stand independently; they are really a big fat novel broken into three parts, each increasing in complexity.
Holly Brown
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great trilogy

With such a unique idea, Ness had me hooked from the prequel. Every bit as good as The Maze Runner. The story lagged a bit near the end, but lacked the annoying, whining protagonist teenagers that so many books are centered on. I immediately purchased more works by Ness, and plan to keep to a look out. I expect this will be the next big thing.
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I. Need. This.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, this book is amazing.
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-hug
excellent!!!! I literally read this everywhere I went, I really love Todd Hewitt and of course Manchee!!!

Ow, Todd??
Sadia Ferdous
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In one word: Brilliant! I would just like to comment on the writing style. I mean, you don't see young adult novels that utilize dialects. It's beautifully done, really. And the pain,the raw pain and the emotions! My god the series is breathtaking! The pacing is just right and it's almost perfection... almost. I've rarely ever given any book a full rating and as tempted as I was to give this one as 5/5, I'd rather not cross that line. The series is incredible though, my personal favorite being t ...more
audrika (kxnji)
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series had the biggest cliffhanger I've ever seen and it's amazing
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Complete Chaos Walking Trilogy
Chaos Walking Book 1
*The Knife of Never Letting Go*
Absolutely Stunning! I've been looking forward to read this book since I saw it rest on around 20 of my Goodreads friend's favorite shelf. So I thought, I'd give this a shot. And this was just way more than I expected. The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first and foremost book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy and the debut work of the author Patrick Ness. He surely has done a great work for his debut! The book is set
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to say, I was pretty impressed with this series, and the moral dilemas it CONSTANTLY brings up. Really intense and interesting themes through the book and a mostly non-cheasy evolution of the characters. It brings up a lot of difficult questions, and as a reader you think you know the obvious solutions, but I think Ness does a good job of stressing that doing a thing, even if it's necessary/deserved, doesn't leave you undamaged. The "love story" is actually not that intense (which I appre ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a really good story and I am not going to tell you about it. You have to read it for yourself. I personally hate it when I read a review that is actually a book-report. I'll tell you what you need to know - I considered it MORE than worth the time invested to read it!!

This is a story of "doing the right thing". Todd and Viola seem to be put to the test constantly and in the end (of course) come out victorious, but that's not to stay it was a storybook ending. It almost read like a futur
Lona Brunton
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I decided to write one review for all three books in the Chaos Walking Series, as it felt like one big epic. I really enjoyed these books. The men's "noise" was an intriguing premise, and the considerations in the later books suggesting that not having "noise" was not necessarily a good thing gave me pause for contemplation. I liked the main character ... he was not too strong or immune to being manipulated; he was real - he got duped a few times! And he was good - I liked that! A dystopian scie ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Excellent trilogy. Love the realism of Todd and Viola with the mild scifi feel of settlers from another world and the Noise. There were some parts where I couldn't stop reading for hours, but then a few parts where I was quite bored by the lack of action. Love the way it's written in separate point of views, especially to show the effect Noise has on the different people/groups.
Overall a definite must read in my opinion for anyone who loves young adult lit.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
As with Hunger Games, the first book was compelling, well-written and addictive, but the next two books failed to hold my intereest. I ended up skimming them for story, but even so was rather bored by the continuing war and conflict plot and the predictable not-quite-fulfilled romance, both of which I found dragged out way too long. I think publishers like the idea of trilogies and pay by the length, encouraging authors to go on in tediously repetitive fashion.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Re-read the entire trilogy over the summer!
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved these books, as they were extremely creative and well written, with the innocence of childre, while still adressing very real issues of gender, racism, and classism that plague society today. The difference is that this one is on another planet. I absolutely ove the two main characters and their respective arcs, and I will warn you that this one is not for the faint of heart, as there are a few moments that definitely made me cry. Still one of the best series I read in middle/ ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book.

Indigenous peoples and colonists have to figure out how to share New World with killing each other in the process. Of course the evil madman tries to ruin all, while the hero and heroine try to save all. A good trilogy.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
best series ever read it right now
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read the last book more than two years ago and still haven't recovered from the ending. I truly think these books will stay with me forever.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is a beautiful and important series about the trials of humanity. It is a sweeping lesson about finding yourself and maintaining that self through every trial. Todd and Viola, young people in a corrupted world, must take on responsibility at a time when they are just beginning to form their ideas and values. And it is because they are at such a formative place that they are able to see this world through eyes of innocence. Each trial they face begs them to answer "what are you loyal to?" Th ...more
Stacy Books
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
As I first starting reading this series, I generally liked it. Then I kept reading. Not to say that I hated this series, but it was a struggle to get through.

Positives: Especially in the first book, there's a lot of action. The first half was a breeze to get through, because at the end of nearly every chapter, there's a cliffhanger. Ness gets a little overzealous with this writing style and it becomes stale too quickly. Everything that can go wrong, goes wrong. I know the world--literally-- is a
Vote: 4,10
Class: L-B1 (FP) *

The Chaos Walking Trilogy:
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Vote: 3,50; see review)
The Ask and the Answer (Vote: 3,90; see review))
Monsters of Men (Vote: 4,25; see review))

And why write a review when I've yet written a review for each book of this series?
Because this The Chaos Walking Trilogy is one of the greatest works I've ever read in the category Science Fiction and Fantasy. Now this is in my top book list together with The Lord of the Rings, The Mistborn Series, E
The thing about Chaos Walking is that it's gruesome, heart-wrenching and satisfyingly delicious. (With lots of BOOM!s)

While reading The Knife of Never Letting Go I thought, "Okay, this is fine. Crazy preachers, talking and bloody brilliant dogs, evil Mayors and crazy-ass towns with kickass protagonists like Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade and a brilliant setting, this is my kind of book." Yes, admittedly, at first when I was reading it, I felt a little bored. But by the third chapter I was hooked. An
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Radio Patio: Caos Walking, Patrick Ness 1 12 Sep 17, 2016 04:31PM  
YA Addicts: Chaos Walking trilogy 3 11 Mar 26, 2014 05:27AM  
How do the messages of the chaos walking series relate to the world today? 1 7 Mar 17, 2014 06:16PM  
Kids/Teens Book Club: Chaos Walking 9 155 Dec 27, 2013 01:52AM  
I am scared to ask but why isn't Todd Hewitt mentioned on any YA favorite male list? 1 22 Jul 26, 2013 08:05PM  
Fiction should not be used as a bully pulpit 1 22 Oct 19, 2012 08:32AM  
Dystopian Fiction...: Chaos Walking series 11 25 Aug 18, 2012 07:50PM  
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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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Chaos Walking (3 books)
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
  • The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
  • Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)

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