book review: MONSTERS OF MEN

When I finished reading the first and second books in the Chaos Walking series, The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, I practically threw the books across the room. In the tradition of all great cliffhangers, both books ended abruptly, and left me wanting more. And though I waited impatiently for Monsters of Men, the third and final book in the series, I hesitated to recommend the first two books to anyone. To put it quite simply, I wanted to see how the series ended, and if author Patrick Ness would be able to deliver on the promise of greatness he had already established. Well, now that Monsters of Men is out, and I’ve read it, I can wholeheartedly recommend the entire Chaos Walking series. Set on New World, a planet settled by human pioneers, the series starts with young hero Todd Hewett just as he’s about to become a man. He is the youngest member of a community that is dying. Ravaged by a war with the indigenous population, all the women have been killed off by a biological weapon that has rendered males capable of hearing the thoughts of every living creature around them. Todd is the last human to be born in a world of never-ending noise. But when Todd makes a startling discovery, his entire world is turned upside down and he is forced to run for his life. The Chaos Walking series starts off strong with The Knife of Never Letting Go, picks up momentum with the second book, and ends with the best entry in the series. Monsters of Men is a fast-paced action thriller with a surprise seemingly waiting on every other page. It is also an incredible rumination on war, the far-reaching effects of violence on a society, and the moral uncertainty of fighting for what one believes to be right. Ness manages to deliver a final book to a fully engrossing series that is both action-packed and thought-provoking. If you are a fan of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Game series, you will definitely want to check out the Chaos Walking series.


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