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Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking) [Hardcover]

Patrick Ness
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3 May 2010 Chaos Walking
“War,” says the Mayor. “At last.” 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? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge… The electrifying finale to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; First Printing edition (3 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406310271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406310276
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy - The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men - for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the BookTrust Teenage Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

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The electrifying finale to the multiple award-winning trilogy, Chaos Walking.

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer – books one and two in the Chaos Walking trilogy – for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. He was also shortlisted for the Carnegie medal. Patrick has written two other books for adults and is a literary critic for the Guardian. He lives in London.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling doesn't get any better than this 27 Oct 2010
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Story-telling doesn't get any better than this. I defy anyone to start "The Knife of Never Letting Go", the first book in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy, and not follow it through to the conclusion of "Monsters of Men", the third.

Ness' universe has been thought through in intricate detail, his imagining of his other world the best I have read since Tolkien forty years ago. The plot is complex, multi-layered and ever-shifting, but it is brought to a terrific conclusion. The storyline seduces and deceives all the time: just when you think it is going one way, another twist is in store. The intriguing use of different fonts for different narrators, and especially for the excellent device of the "noise", works very well indeed. (Looking for an insight into the mind of man's best friend? Manchee is the best talking dog in fiction.)

There are cliff-hangers a-plenty, but the author has a lot of plot up his sleeve. He does not let up, and he doesn't pull his punches. As well as love and courage and integrity in this trilogy, there are death and torture and betrayal. This is particularly true of Book Two ("The Ask and The Answer") where deception, betrayal and duplicity constantly wrong-foot the reader. Throughout, there are some stunningly well-written characters, particularly the unhinged Mayor Prentiss, some of whose deeds could have come from the more sadistic pages of Cormac McCarthy. "... the desire of most folks is to be told what to do," he says, in the all too reasonable tones of an off-world Stalin. "People say they want freedom, but what they really want is freedom from worry. If I take care of their problems, they don't mind being told what to do." (Pretensions towards dictatorship and looking for a psychopathic role model? The Mayor is your man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters of Men - A book to remember 31 May 2011
A warning to all who wish to read this book: It will consume you. This book will give you hope and then snatch it away, it will fill you with joy and pain and grief and love, and it will rip your heart apart a million times over. In other words, it is a masterpiece.

Todd and Viola have survived so much. But the Spackle are coming, a war is approaching, and "War makes monsters of men." Through this final part of the Chaos Walking trilogy, we see the young Todd and Viola adapt to impossible circumstances, and risk everything for each other, over and over again. Like always. But war is a terrible thing, and there is a price to be paid for it. The question is, how high?

Patrick Ness has crafted this novel magnificently. The beauty of the characters, full of the flaws which make us all so human, allows you to grasp them and never let go. When the characters speak to you, you are not reading an account of fictional events - you are living a very real life right alongside them. There is much in Todd and Viola which we as readers can relate to, but also there is so much that we can aspire to be. There is an amazingly realistic ideology to this novel which is admirable.

The structure of Monsters of Men, with its multiple narrators, should be confusing. There are many pages where there are two or three changes of perspective after less than a paragraph. By rights, it should be an impossible literary feat, and there should be no reader left without confusion. This is not the case; Ness has manipulated the voices of Todd, Viola, and another, and has used them to create the novel's biggest strength; there is not a moment of action missed, not a thought unheard, even when the plot calls for the main protagonists to be many painful miles apart.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless, unflinching: just like life 2 May 2010
By Craig Lam TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I only finished this a few minutes ago. It's 4am. Not many books keep me up this late; each book in this stunning trilogy has managed it.

The secret is the naturalistic narration. Breathless, sincere. Real. Ness knows these kids, it's almost as if he can hear their thoughts on command and he's just a channel for their voices, for the story.

There's war. There are LOTS of explosions. There's probably more death than the second book had. Definitely, in fact. There are epic confrontations and earth shaking battles aplenty. But that's not what this book - this series - is about. This is about empathy, and it has been from the start. Noise lets you know how other people feel. What damage can that do a person if they know exactly how their cruelty felt? What chance at redemption can that bring? It's a heady theme, and fortunately, it suits the tale Ness wants to tell perfectly.

So, I want to keep this short because I'm tired and still sort of recovering from the pace of the book. Would I recommend it to you? You probably read the first two if you're looking at this. In that case, hell yes. If you're here because you saw that a new book was being released and haven't read the first two, check those out and come back when Todd and Viola have slipped into your head.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring trilogy! 16 May 2010
"War," says the Mayor. "At last."

This is how the final part of Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy starts. Towards the end of Monsters of Men, I can only feel awe, hope, and respect. Awe for the talent with which Patrick Ness has managed to conclude this trilogy. Hope, that he will continue to write books of this stature, and respect for the way in which he lets his main characters make decisions.

If in The Knife we mainly got to see things and read things through "the voice" of Todd, Ness had already added a layer to that in The Ask and the Answer when we get both Todd and Viola's perspective. In Monsters of Men, however, Ness now adds a third - and again a completely `different' voice: that of The Return, one of the Spackle who is - like Todd and Viola also are - caught between cultures, one who sees and speaks with the voice of the Clearing and the voice of the Land. All these `voices' are linked in a completely unique way by Ness's writing style (and obviously also by the existence of `the Noise', be it controlled or uncontrolled Noise...), a style which is quite daring for a YA-novel.

Added to the imaginative writing style are themes which are some of the most commonly used themes of YA-fiction, such as coming-of-age, love, power, etc. Ness also uses these themes, but he does it in such a clever way that the trilogy easily surpasses the level of `mere' YA-fiction. If you are just interested in reading a good adventure book, then the trilogy, will provide that thrilling ride for you. If you are interested in reading a coming-of-age story, then Todd's story will appeal to you. If you are interested in romance, then you will like how Todd's tale is intertwined with Viola's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending
Unlike many books this one did not leave it so you do not find out what happens or even kills of the main characters, for that I think it is great. Read more
Published 2 days ago by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Are These Books So Good!
This trilogy has to be THE best books I've ever read. The story is gripping, and you really get to know the characters in the story, and their bonds with one another. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Keith Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I really love these books and this one is just as good as the rest ! Patrick Ness is an amazing author
Published 1 month ago by fay
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ending to the trilogy
the last of the three books wraps up the story but it did feel as though it could have been a bit shorter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Again another brilliant read in this trilogy. The book was refreshingly written and very imaginative, holding your attention until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Kim Nelson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the others
Having read the first two in this series I could not wait to pick up the last in the trilogy. Once again this book starts right as the last finished. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant conclusion
A great, fast paced conclusion to the trilogy, if you like the earlier books you will definately enjoy this one
Published 2 months ago by felicity rothwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great finale of this trilogy
Amazing story concluded in this the third book of the Chaos Walking trilogy. Excellent story which increases in anticipation right to the last page. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Julesie
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite book... ever!
Buy it. Read it. However much I tried not to, I became attached to each and every character because of the illustrative genius of the author.

Published 2 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars The great book
this is a great book and I just hope you have time to read it as all three books are amazing to read an this has a great ending.

hope you like it.
Published 2 months ago by Ben Wheelton
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