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Patrick Ness
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1 Jun 2011
War,' says the Mayor. 'At last.' Three armies have marched on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. And Todd and Viola are caught in the middle of it all. As the battles commence, can they hope to stop all-out war? Can there ever be peace when theyre so hopelessly outnumbered? And if, as they have been told, 'War makes monsters of men', what terrible choices await them? And what of the third voice that watches them, one bent on revenge... The electrifying finale to the multi-award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating reality of war.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742676871
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742676876
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,707 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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A new edition of this award-winning conclusion to the Chaos Walking trilogy, with a bonus short story, Snowscape. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the critically-acclaimed and best-selling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls and More Than This. He has won numerous awards including the the Carnegie Medal (twice), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize and the Costa and Galaxy Children's Book Awards. He lives in Bromley, Kent. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling doesn't get any better than this 27 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relentless, unflinching: just like life 2 May 2010
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
Format:Hardcover
"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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The End Is Nigh 23 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
It is here... and the end is in sight...I am slowing down and the sense of doom and grief are growing and yet these exhilirating books are a joy to read...a joy to meet Todd and Viola and Manchee and Angharrad and, of course, the Spackle/Land. Full of moral dilemmas, the thin line between good and evil, love and loss, heartbreak and suffering...this the last is perhaps the most human of them all! In classic Science Fiction mode it delivers powerful ideas and insights into the human condition at the same time as creating a believable and complex alien environment.
Read these books, your life will be enriched!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I literally have nothing to say! If you do not read this series then you are not complete in anyway, shape or form. You have to read this series, NOW!!!!
Published 15 days ago by Hannah Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
brilliant finish to a fantastic trilogy
Published 22 days ago by mrs s jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Manchee
loved this story. so well done. how do you stop wars ? consider the Gaza strip ? Northern Ireland.? How do you stop the hate ? Manchee was so pure - dogs are nice.
Published 23 days ago by Anna Ruddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Best trilogy of books ive ever read so well written and the cliffhangers from every ending of every single book wow
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars ON EVERY LEVEL A TRIUMPH
Again excitement from the start. A pitched battle rages between the forces of power-crazed Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle's band of militants, they sickened by his excesses. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing trilogy
I have read all three books and loved them all. My husband has also just finished reading them. Original story telling which hooks you from the start. Thank you Patrick Ness.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs K Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars great conclusion
A really brilliant conclusion to an amazing series. Admittedly not my favourite of the series, but still such an incredible book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Phoebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it !
The "Chaos Walking" trilogy are brilliant, for young people and adults alike - really gripping and full of surprises. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Mr A J Tims
5.0 out of 5 stars adictive book
very adictive book didnt realise it was meant for children, but enjoyed it very much, and read all three books and have now passed it onto my 14 year old grandson.
Published 3 months ago by Christine
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 3 months ago by alex
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