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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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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'm sorry, but these books are terrible. The premise is cool and the plot is almost interesting, but the main characters are young, angry, selfish idiots who make terrible... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenna M. Wall
did not realise these novels were basically written for childrenPublished 2 months ago by E. L. Mackay
Fantastic books that my son really enjoyed reading. It was a very competitive price for the three books.Published 9 months ago by Miss Tarus
awesome trilogy, price was great and arrived sooner than expected!Published 10 months ago by Emma v.
Packaging and delivery all great. Not read as is a gift, but great feedback about them from my brother and nephew, which prompted me to buy for my 15yr sonPublished 10 months ago by T Leigh