Review: MONSTERS OF MEN by Patrick Ness



MONSTERS OF MEN (Chaos Walking #3)
Patrick Ness
Published: May 3rd 2010 by Walker Books Ltd.
Pages: 643

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.


War makes monsters of men.

Monsters of Men was exhausting, oh my god. It picked up where The Ask and the Answer left off, and it was filled with action right from the start. It didn’t left up for one second. Things just kept happening and happening and happening, and it was all chaos and dread.


I think one of the best things about this book was the character development. It was amazing how much Todd and Viola changed, not only during the trilogy as it progressed, but in this installment alone. They really grew as people, and we got to see that perfectly in their point of chapters.

And speaking of point of view chapters, I loved that this time around we had a few of those from the Spackle’s side. It was super interesting learning about their view of this entire war business and how their community actually worked.

There were so many twists and turns and ups and downs in this final book. So much was going on and there were so many shifts in pov, that in the end this was a rather tiring read. The pace was a bit all over the place and didn’t flow as well as it should have. Things also got repetitive. It was the same kind of conflicts again and again and again, which contributed to my exhaustion.

I do feel like Monsters of Men was a good ending to the series, though. It resolved some very important issues and gave answers to some questions I had about this New World. I would definitely recommend this series to dystopian fans, even though it lacked something for me.



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