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Chaos Walking Trilogy, 3 books, RRP £23.97 (Monsters Of Men; The Ask And The Answer; The Knife Of Never Letting Go). Paperback – 2010

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Walker Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9999419968
  • ISBN-13: 978-9999419963
  • ASIN: B004GP05JQ
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 10.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Series 1 & 3 3 Books Set 2 Paperback 1 Hardback RRP: £ 30.97 Brand New Titles in This Set The Knife of Never Letting Go The Ask and the Answer Monsters of Men Description in This Set The Knife of Never Letting Go Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run... The Ask and the Answer Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode... The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. Monsters of Men "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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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Mar. 2013
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This is a remarkable and brilliant trilogy. It has an imaginative and interesting setting and premise, a gripping style and a story which kept me reading keenly right to the last page of each book as it came out and hungry for the next. They are billed as books for young adults and I think they would enjoy them greatly, but other not-very-young-at-all adults like me should read them, too. They are page-turningly exciting and form a really rich narrative which makes remarkably profound observations on very important themes without once making you feel as though you are being lectured.

The central, extremely ingenious, idea is that thoughts, including those of animals, are audible to everyone else. This is called their Noise and remains a fascinating idea throughout. The central character is twelve-year-old Todd Hewitt and a flavour of his narrative voice is given by this:
"Men's minds are messy places and Noise is like the active, breathing face of that mess. It's what's true and what's believed and what's imagined and what's fantasized and it says one thing and a completely opposite thing at the same time and even tho the truth is definitely in there, how can you tell what's true and what's not when yer getting *everything*? The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking."

Todd was brought up in a small, closely controlled community. Exactly where this community is and the nature of it emerges slowly in the narrative, and again this is very well-controlled and skilfully done. Early on in the story Todd discovers something which puts him in extreme danger and he has to run from the place in which he has spent every day of his life so far. The story to begin with is of an outsider searching, hunted and running in an unknown land.
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the first book i simply could not put down. It had everything I wanted, characters I fell in love with and rooted for, cliff hangers, very fast paced and with deeper, more complex themes such as war and peace and feminism and redemption. The story continues in the second book and again I was hooked, start to finish. The third book was just as good and the ending was so emotional it had me in tears. I would recommend this trilogy to young people and older people, male or female, anyone. It really is astonishing and I definitely want to read more by this author.
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One of the best YA trilogies out at the moment, better written than The Hunger Games and certainly equal to the Mortal Engines Quartet (Phillip Reeve) in terms of style and world building. Tackles more serious topics than Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare) and with less humour, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any teeanager who enjoys reading and even some that don't. This isn't just a book for boys: yes it is apocalyptic, but it is a fabulous read. My son 12 and daughter 15 both couldn't wait to work through the series; my Carnegie reading group (mixed & aged 12-16) at school couldn't wait for books 2 and 3 to come out and has voted for each one of these books to win the Carnegie. Every students I have given it to in my class loved it and my daughter's friend who has never enjoyed reading a book rushed out to get book 2 having been given book 1 for her birthday. A word of warning though - this IS a Teen read. Pre-read it if you want to give it to under 13s.

In response to the other reviewer who read it as part of a Uni course - don't be put off by that review. I'm not going to give you plot details, as the plot/world reveal is part of the joy of the novel but the genre is fantasy/dystopia/social comment with themes linking in to gender, identity, conflict and power. There is no sexual content but Ness does not patronise teenagers or pull any punches.
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I was originally a bit dubious about buying these books as it stated they were Childrens books (I am 33), but I am so glad I bought them as the story had me hooked the whole way through. It took me a bit of time to get into the first book but do not give up! These books have definitely opened my mind to reading alternative storylines too. In places I felt it would be quite difficult for a child to understand the storyline, hence why it is suited to all age ranges, but these books are definitely suited to adults as well.
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I heard Simon Mayo say that of Monsters and Men by Patrick Ness was 'the best book he had read' so I bought the trilogy straight away.

When they arrived I was a little taken-aback. These were books for children and I was a near fifty year old 'child'. How would I cope?
the books sat on my pile of 'books to get around to' for a while but when I eventually got to them I chewed my way through them and am looking for more 'children's' books to read. simply brilliant!
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I've just finished reading the Chaos Walking series and it is possibly the best that I have EVER read! I love the different personalities of the characters and you can (literally) see inside their heads and all their emotions & thoughts. Absolutely breath-taking. The ending of Monsters of Men caused me to break down in tears. Don't agree with people saying it's for teenage boys and far too violent. I for one am a 13 year old girl who was completely taken in by this series. The violence was necessary to convey the horror of what was happening in scenes. Definitely a must read. Currently looking for more books by Patrick Ness.
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