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Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
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it was amazing
bookshelves: books-i-read-in-2018
Recommended 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 Spackle right for what they are doing? Are the humans? Can you make a war personal? Isn't war always personal even if it's just hate? - and so much more you actually have to consider when talking about this book but I just can't I can't I can't I just wanna say that Patrick Ness is the first author who described war in a - let's say- distopian book best. He made it so relastic to me. You actually don't know who's good and who's not. Obviously the Mayor should always be blamed for everything but it is not that easy in the last book of this trilogy.

“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they're never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that's not how a person with integrity acts.”


The character development of every single one was amazing and something I really didn't expect but enjoyed.
Altough I have to mentioned that sometimes I didn't like how things where going between Todd and Viola but that's a spoilery thingie so we leave it as it is.
It is still really hard for me to describe what I feel for the characters because none of them is flat or anything and I am sure everyone has done bad things in this book but at the end.. at the end I have to say I still love them with all my heart.
Ok Wilf is precious. But he always has been sooooo

“It's always darkest before the dawn, Todd.”

I look at him, baffled. “No, it ain't! What kinda stupid saying is that? It's always lightest before the dawn!”


As in the other two books Patrick Ness writing was great and really pulled you into the story until you are unable to let go. But I have to admit that I had the feeling the story was a bit slow at the beginning and the first middle. On the other hand: maybe this was just me? From a rational point of view the story didn't have a lack of anything. Todd and Viola, a good plot, mind-blowing plot twists and the world finally got more depth.

“Because even the one you hate leaves an absence when they go.”


To come to the world and the Spackle now... I finally understand them and this feels fantastic. The concept of Noise is more logical then ever. Nevertheless it still feels like I am missing something out. You know what I would really admire? A book about the world of "New World" the creatures and everything we didn't get a defintion for in the trilogy. This has potential. And I have a desire that needs to be satisfied tbh :c

“What a sad thing men are. Can’t do nothing good without being so weak we have to mess it up. Can’t build something up without tearing it
down.”


The end of the trilogy was... surprsing but in most parts it was like I wished it would be. I can't say more because this would contain spoilers and so lets just say I enjoyed it, I nearly cried a bit and my heart was fully entitled in the story of Todd and Viola. (My babys.)

Definitely one of my favourite new trilogies. I would recommend this to everyone!

It is really something unqiue in the world of all those YA books who are so similar to each other.
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“To say you have no choice is to relieve yourself of responsibility.”
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“It's not how we fall. It's how we get back up again.”
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“Do we hate paradise so much we need to make sure it becomes a trash heap?”
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“It's not the mistakes I made but how I responded to them”
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Patrick Ness
“Choices may be unbelievably hard but they're never impossible. To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that's not how a person with integrity acts.”
Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

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“You're never more alive than in battle."
"Never more dead after," I say.”
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“And you," he says, "you need to talk to your boy." He lifts my chin. "And if he needs saving, then you save him. Isn't that what you told me you did for each other?"
I let go a few more tears but then I nod. "Over and over again.”
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“Worst is the one who knows better and does nothing.”
Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

Patrick Ness
“What a sad thing men are. Can’t do nothing good without being so weak we have to mess it up. Can’t build something up without tearing it
down.”
Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men

Patrick Ness
“It's always darkest before the dawn, Todd.”

I look at him, baffled. “No, it ain't! What kinda stupid saying is that? It's always lightest before the dawn!”
Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men


Reading Progress

August 30, 2018 – Started Reading
August 30, 2018 – Shelved
August 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 30, 2018 –
page 10
1.66% "Yeah I said I would read another two books before this one. But come on guys, you have read my updates. HOW COULD I NOT READ IT. -crash me Ness, crash me...-"
August 30, 2018 –
page 89
14.76% "[image error]
So yeah I read 79 at work where I shouldn't be doing this (I work at a library bu still) and so much is going on and I just wanna keep reading and I RECOMMEND THIS SERIES SO MUCH"
August 30, 2018 –
page 113
18.74% "I hate Major Prentiss and Mistress Coyle so much ugh. But Todd and Viola are so precious *-* ( You're so precious when you... smiiilee .. hit it from the - okay wait wait I don't wanna get reported :^) )"
September 1, 2018 –
page 216
35.82% "Someone correct me please but do I get something wrong or is this book really just slower then the others? Yeah stuff is happening and it isn't really predictable but.. on the other hand it is and it is nothing that would push the story forward :<"
September 2, 2018 –
page 262
43.45% "Wow what a great character development to lie to each other now. GOOD JOB YOU TWO I AM SO PROUD. Hmpf."
September 2, 2018 –
page 367
60.86% "There's so much depth in this book; Are the Spackle right for what they are doing? Are the humans? Can you make a war personal? Isn't war always personal even if it's just hate? - and so much more you actually have to consider when talking about this book but I just can't I can't I can't I just wanna know what's going on so I can figure my own thoughts out!"
September 2, 2018 –
page 396
65.67% "This can't be that easy. The book still has so many pages left. And whenever​ I am going to check how much I have to read I see these pages where just some words are written on they make me feel anxious. I am so afraid Viola is going to die."
September 3, 2018 –
page 434
71.97% "Yeah doubt each other and act like you haven't been through shit together which made suffer on a personal level. JuST dOuBt hIM beCauSE yOU caNt rEAd hIM. God. I am annoyed."
September 3, 2018 –
page 488
80.93% "100% sure Viola is going to die. Just because Ness want's to break his readers hearts. As usually (?) in his books everything is going down and I won't be able to finish this book during my break at work and ofc I am going to meet a friend later so no reading then either. I AM SAD OK :("
September 4, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 2, 2019 – Shelved as: books-i-read-in-2018

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