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Monsters of Men

(Chaos Walking #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  76,579 ratings  ·  7,029 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?

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Published May 3rd 2010 by Walker Books
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Brigid ✩
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,
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 fan of rapidly alternating perspectives,
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just read it already!
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 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.
Claudia Ramírez
C.G. Drews
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS FLIPPIN BOOK. I swear I just ran a 45 kilometre race because I'm exhausted. And I'm angry. Ohhhhh you made me SO ANGRY you little black hearted book. It is good though, it is very very good, although I'm still kind of salty at it but giving it 5-stars because you know when you love something a lot but you also want to slap it??? Me @ Chaos Walking.

CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO SHOUT ABOUT THAT ENDING. I'm traumatised and damaged but very pleased ultimately, because what is the bookworm life if no
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

“Worst is the one who knows better and does nothing.”

🌟 In the previous books, the start would always be “relatively” slow and then the pacing picks up till it becomes faster and better. This time, the author started powerfully, with a fast and great thing, a WAR!! I think this book had the best beginning in this series but unfortunately, it was tamed a little bit in the middle.

🌟 There was a 3rd POV in this book and I
Apr 05, 2012 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
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Patrick Ness, that's what other writers of YA dystopian books want to be when they grow up. ...more
Charlotte May
3.5 stars ⭐️

I liked this, it was enjoyable. I just didn’t seem to find it as mind blowing and life altering as some other readers.

“War makes monsters of men.”

I was never bored, but I feel this novel could have been cut down by a few hundred pages. A good 300 pages in was just back and forth war between the people of New Prentisstown, Mistress Coyle’s group and the Spackle.

But there was plenty I did like (view spoiler) and that he had become like a mes
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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

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
Oct 16, 2010 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
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

I really loved reading this series! And while this one did move a little too slow for my taste (sorry) I thought that the ending was absolutely brilliant! I also really enjoyed the character evolvement and the whole ambiguity about who's good and who's bad. That's always such a riveting theme, and it was handled really, really nicely here.
Feb 01, 2016 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
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 lleg
Feb 28, 2012 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
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, ya
*** 2.65 ***

"...“Worst is the one who knows better and does nothing.” ..."

I don't get it... I think this is the moment I figure I am reading this series wrong, because I stuck with it to the end and I still had some major issues with it. Most of all, the two teenage main characters, Tod and Viola. It is very hard to keep on reading when you strongly dislike the leading couple and where everything and everyone makes you extremely angry. I had this constant buzz, or noise, of anger simmering u
Bookish Pengu
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
So I am done. My emotional rollercoaster is over. Thanks to everyone who took part in it.
As always, I have more to say then I am actually going to write down because most of the time I have the feeling that I don't have enough words to describe what's going on in my mind. (And well, as being said before, I am not a native speaker, forgive me. But this is what comes close to my first proper review in a long time!)

But I think.. I should just start:

There's so much depth in this book; Are the Spack
Melissa Veras
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do I begin to describe the awesomeness of this book? When I read The Knife of Never Letting Go, I liked it A LOT... but I never imagined that book would lead us to this masterpiece.

I really don't have words.

Just... wow.

Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, dystopian
Attention. This review will contain spoilers, especially if you haven't read the first two books!

“It's not how we fall. It's how we get back up again.”

After finishing Ask and Answer I was a teeny tiny bit dissappinted in the series. More explanation: Yes, I still did like it, but did I like it more than The Knife of Never Letting Go? No way! The first book was very unique and original and amazing in every possible way. However, that doesn't mean I didn't live through pain and agony in the se
Lisa Scott
Apr 26, 2010 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
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 t
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Ayesha Syed
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Do we hate paradise so much we need to make sure it becomes a trash heap?”

Sometimes the best books are those that rip your heart out, and throw it away unceremoniously into a corner.
This is one of those books.

Monsters of Men is an absolute enigma. It is completely unlike anything I have ever read before. It was action-packed, and brilliantly written. Although the plot spanned over the course of only a few days but there was never a dull second.

The author showed different characters' POVs,
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
David Estes
Jan 01, 2013 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. ...more
Star Rating: —> 5 Stars

RE-READ DEC. 31st, 2020- 5 stars once again. This series holds such a special place in my heart!!!!


Angharrad owns my heart. 💙

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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 C

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