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Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
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May 11, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: chubby-chunkster, dystopian, library-finds, zzread-august-2011, science-fiction, young-adult, 5-stars

If you’ve managed to stick with this series this far, you know that you’ll be in for an intense reading adventure. Monsters of Men is the best book of the series.

So much happens in this book and it is the power hungry adults that seem to screw up this world. There is war. There is death. The violence is off the charts.
Yet, there is an underlying message of hope and peace. The entire book is a commentary on the futility of war.
”Superior numbers…versus superior fighter power. A recipe for unending slaughter.”

The chapters in the Spackles’ point of view were the most enlightening. The reader finally begins to understand these creatures as sentient beings, capable of complex thought, and extremely well organized. The Spackle, or the Land, as they call themselves are so integrated with their planet. Their language was in telepathic images and their thoughts were shared collectively. The Spackle leader was called the Sky. They called the humans the Clearing, perhaps as a commentary on what the settlers had done to the land.

This is a great series geared towards young adult readers and up. While some of the situations may upset some of the animal loving readers, I encourage them to read on. There are some great messages of hope and peace as well.

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Reading Progress

May 11, 2011 – Shelved
August 7, 2011 – Started Reading
August 7, 2011 –
page 1
0.17% "Must finish this series...."
August 9, 2011 –
page 71
11.77% ""I untied a monster to save Viola. And now I've somehow gotta keep hold of the leash." - Todd"
August 9, 2011 –
page 80
13.27% "Interesting - There are now chapters written in the Spackle point of view, in their very own font. They think collectively and they are integrated into the planet. They call themselves The Land."
August 9, 2011 –
page 91
15.09% "I like the Todd in this book. He is more self assured and stands up to the Mayor and the other adults."
August 9, 2011 –
page 276
45.77% "Why is it that the kids in this book seem to be the only sane ones?"
August 9, 2011 –
page 300
49.75% ""Usually when a man calls a woman a bitch...it's because she's doing something right.""
August 9, 2011 –
page 603
100.0% "Wow. What an emotional roller coaster ride. A fantastic ending to a trilogy."
August 9, 2011 – Finished Reading

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