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Monsters Of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three

by Patrick Ness

Candlewick Press | September 13, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Monsters Of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three is rated 4.875 out of 5 by 8.
In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.

As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 8.5 × 5.36 × 1.66 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763656658

ISBN - 13: 9780763656652

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Intense, Crazily Emotional, and Completely Awesome!! As John Green put it, in relation to A Monster Calls, "Patrick Ness is an insanely beautiful writer." Amen. Wow! I seriously cannot explain what I feel for this book! Be prepared, this review is going to be long and probably confusing. Monsters of Men is the best conclusion to any series I have ever read! Ness keeps readers on the edge of their seats, and managed to write yet another captivating, emotional, scarily real and deep book. The characters - like always - are great and are faced with tough decisions that let them grow and develop as a person. THIS is why I love books. If it's written well, you can be transformed to another world altogether. The string of events are put together so wonderfully and you can't help but feel for the characters, especially for the three - yes, 3 - narrating. I'll admit, there were times when I hated Todd. Well, not hated, more like I was thinking 'Why, Todd? Why are you DOING that!?' But i think thats a sign of great writing - creating characters who have real feelings and, even though some of his decisions were stupid, I could totally see why he chose to do the things he did. I could see how tough it is for him to make certain choices that require becoming a man. He is a real person, not some character that is wise and strong amd great until he makes ONE awful decision. No, Todd has feelings and emotions and you can see how hard it is for him to sort out his feelings and how he is a great character, one of my all time favourites, but he does make small mistakes. Like real people, he has flaws. I think that the fact that Ness created a remarkable, loveable character that can still do things, such as be selfish. He still has regrets. He is still confused. He still feels unbearable pain and anger. Thats what makes him great. And yes, i love so many other characters in this book, but Todd really stands out in my eyes, because he is a fantastic character that is one of the most life like ones I have ever had the pleasure of reading about - no, it's more like i was living his story. Their story. And as devestating as it is, it is so freaking awesome... To read about. But the concept and events and plots and twists throughout this whole series, but this book in paticular, are bloody amazing. The romance between Viola and Todd is one of the best ever, because it isnt just physical. They have a connection, something strong between them, and they know they love each other without much physical contact. That is real love. I was scared when reading this book. Scared at times for what was to come that I wanted to stop reading. But that would be a crime, a sin, and would torture me even more. So i read on. And loved ever minute of it. I felt more then fear, though. I was angry, touched, nervous, going 'awww!' at the sweet moments, frusterated, and worried. Throughout this whole series, Ness takes us on a rollar coaster, in ever aspect imaginable. And i think one of his strong suits is communicating. He communicated beautifully with readers, and lets us feel everything each character is going through, and somehow make sense of all the confusion they feel. Even if it's crazy, messed up, crazily messed up, or something you don't agree with, readers still feel everything and feel for the characters and understand everything thats happening. Its such a rush. Monsters of Men is a great, intriguing, moving, touching, heartwarming, heartbreaking, emotional, deep, real, fantastic, absolutely awesome, and anamazingly beautiful book. Its a great ending to a great series. I cried SO MUCH - like, sobbing, trying to catch my breath crying. I have never cried so much while reading a book EVER. And it's awesome. Don't read into that too much because I cry for awesome things, along with depressing things. So, for people who havent read it yet, Monsters of Men can either have a fantastic ending, or a sad one. Just read and find out for yourself. But the ending is A-M-A-Z-I-M-G!! Real and believable, it is just great. And i totally encourage you to read this series, read this book, just read and enjoy living in a completely different world. A world that Ness has created, one which has readers turning the pages until the end. I'm so sad this series is over, but i do love the ending. Like, i LOVE it so freaking much! All in all, I am sorry this review is so long, and I appreciate the few of you who decided to read the whole thing. So,all in all, this book - this series - is fantastic. Just fantastic. Read it. Please, don't do it for me, do it for yourself. This series is so underrated, and... Yeah. Read it and buy it and cherish it.
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling conclusion to trilogy My love affair with Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy began with The Knife of Never Letting Go. The next book, The Ask and the Answer was also fabulous. Last night I finished the third book, Monsters of Men. I am not ashamed to say that I cried. Monsters of Men begins on the eve of war. Todd and the Mayor, and Viola and Mistress Coyle are not only at a stand-off with each other, The Spackle (the indigenous people of New World) have risen up to annihilate them. War proves to be frightening and messy and dangerous. "The flames spill out from the top of the horned creacher and cut thru the middle of soldiers and men are screaming and burning and screaming and burning and soldiers are turning back and running and the line is breaking and Angharrad is bucking and bleeding and squealing and we’re slammed by a wave of men retreating and she bucks up again and-" The lines between hero and villain, good and evil, are blurred in Monsters of Men. I found my feelings about the Mayor constantly changing. Is he a decent man caught up in extraordinary times? Is he a master manipulator? Is he a monster? Mistress Coyle didn’t fair much better in my estimation. Viola and Todd ask the same questions about the adults nearest them and as they aren’t physically together for much of this book, they also ask it of each other. How have circumstances changed them? There’s also a new point of view to consider in Monsters of Men: the Spackle. For the first time we get to hear their noise. Truthfully, I found some of this bothersome because of the names they ascribed to things: the Burden, the Clearing, the Knife, the Sky, the Source. I was caught up in the narrative and it slowed me down trying to figure out who or what they were talking about. Nevertheless, the Spackle are no longer a faceless enemy – if they ever were the enemy at all. There are big questions to be considered in this novel, in the series as a whole. Despite the fact that Chaos Walking is marketed as a Young Adult series, Ness doesn’t shy away from asking them. Why do we fight? What does it mean to be human? I even think there is something in the books about this information age – the constant bombardment of data and noise we endure every day. With no quiet space to think, don’t we all have the potential to be driven a little mad? Alternatively, can’t we use this information to better understand and empathize with each other? As the Mayor rsays to Todd near the end of the book, “War makes monsters of me, you once reminded me.” It is messy business, to be sure. But there is great humanity in these books. And Todd and Viola, as characters, will be with me for a long, long time. A Must Read series!
Date published: 2012-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A marvellous end to the series. Wow. I just realized that I had this on my currently-reading shelf for over a year. Well, I read this a long time ago but I was stupid/blind and never moved it to the right shelf...TO THE CUBE OF SHAME! Anyways, this book made me cry so many times, not going to lie. But there was also rage, anger, frustration and a whole train-full of other emotions riding with it. The characters were so well written that I felt everything the felt, experienced everything they experienced. This book was an intense roller coaster ride. Face-paced, heart-wrenching, this entire series has got to be on my Favourite of All Time list.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There Are No Words This was without a doubt my favourite book in the series so far. Oh my God. I can't get over it! I don't even know what to say! I was going to wait for the paperback but I'm really glad I just bought the hardcover instead. I read every chance I got, and I couldn't stop thinking about everything that was happening in this book.... So much emotion.... One thing I'll say is that right at the very end--about twenty pages to go--I felt like throwing it across the room and I'm so glad I didn't. Ness threw surprise after surprise at me. I didn't see what would happen at the end (don't want to give anything away), and even twenty pages away from the VERY end, I still couldn't have guessed where it was going to go. I absolutely loved it! There couldn't have been a more perfect ending. This is a series that deserves as much praise, if not more, as all the big dystopian titles out right now. I eagerly await Ness's next offer. Todd and Viola--I'm sure I'll be visiting you again, and again, and again in the future!
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this series so much! Definitely one of my favorites. I'm glad Ness left enough suspense to get by without a fourth book, but theres still room for him to write a fourth one. I'm gonna miss Todd and Viola.
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a rush! Wow. I didn't even realize this book was 600 pages long. At first I had some trouble getting caught up with all that had happened in The Ask and the Answer but after a day or two I was back in New Prentisstown and in the middle of war. The Spackle are fighting back against the Mayor for the horrible wrongs he committed against them. The women of the Answer are trying to defeat the Mayor for the wrongs he committed against them. Everyone's ready to destroy each other all the while the convoy of Violet's people are weeks away from landing on a new world, a world that could be gone when they do. I love how this book is written from different perspectives. The precise words of Violet, the broken up, mispelled words of Todd, and the abrupt and angry words of 1017/The Return, the Spackle Todd freed in book 2. The events are not necessarily retold in each of their views, but we do get to see the different sides of the war as each of them experience it. I loved Todd's perspective the best. It's not perfectly written or even grammatically correct, but with his broken words he's able to get such emotion across, and his thoughts become your thoughts, and you doubt and hurt when he does. He's so worried about Viola and wary of the Mayor, who he isn't sure he wants to trust but isn't giving him any reasons not to. He really has changed since the first book, so intent on stepping up and protecting the ones he loves, even if it means standing beside the man who ruined it all for him. The war made a great man of him. Meanwhile, Viola is struggling with Mistress Coyle, whose main goal is to overthrow the Mayor and destroy the Spackle in the process. Viola is fighting for peace, peace she believes is possible if the sides would just stop showing how strong they are and realize how many lives are being lost because of it. But is peace possible when she would choose to fire a missile in a heartbeat if it meant saving Todd? She's told constantly war isn't meant to be personal, but what if you're fighting for the ones you love? The perspective of 1017 and the Spackle was also very helpful and eyeopening in terms of seeing what this species thinks of the horrors of the war around them. The Spackle are multiple beings but are all connected by their Noise, becoming one being. They communicate as one, pass on their thoughts to one another, and are are generally open and accepting creatures. You could see the difference comparing 1017 to their leader The Sky, one so bloodthirsty and overcome with revenge and one willing to do what's best for his people. The Sky has a lot of affection for The Return, and you see that he wants The Return to be able to forgive what has happened in his past and be able to be a part of their group once again. He is a teacher and a leader, and a great one at that. There's just so many amazing moments in this book, and Ness knows how to keep you hooked not only with the circumstances but also with the points at which the perspective is changed. Something is about to happen to Todd for example and bam, we go to Viola, and experience her panic as she sees what's happening to Todd, and this happens more than once. The transitions aren't awkward or hard to follow, I found, but seamed easily into each other. Throughout the book you can sense growth from the three main characters. They begin to understand their circumstances, learn to forgive, how to open up, understand each other. The love between Todd and Viola isn't overbearing and obvious, but subtle yet all encompassing. You can sense it in their actions and words. And just when you think, maybe this is it, it's over, peace at last, there's something so unexpected it's like the rug is ripped out from under you. The ending wasn't very drawn out, but you get snippets of what's to come and I felt it was enough that when I closed the book I felt a sense of closure for the characters and hoped all would be well. Review also here: http://allofeverythingforyou.blogspot.com/2011/03/review-monsters-of-men-chaos-walking-3.html
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great ending to an excellent series! This series was one of the best that I have read in a very long time. The characters seem so real that I found myself becoming frustrated when they were acting particularly close mined. Loved this series!
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING! I keep thinking this Trilogy can't get any better, and I'm proven wrong time after time again. I never had a favourite series or book but I do now! I won't be replacing this until someone can do better. I also would definitely not mind if Patrick Ness wrote a forth book - I hope your reading this - Because I will run out to the store to buy it. Although I do want to go deeper into the lives of Todd and Viola (them as a couple). I'm not quite ready to let them go yet, and I don't think I ever will. It's fast pact and there's never a end of surprising surprises. The ending it's self is a heart pumper. If you haven't read it yet, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-10-25

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Monsters Of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three

by Patrick Ness

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 8.5 × 5.36 × 1.66 in

Published: September 13, 2011

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763656658

ISBN - 13: 9780763656652

About the Book

In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.
As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

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Two Battles[TODD]" WE HIT TH E SPACKLE HEAD ON !" the Mayor shouts at the men, aiming his Noise right in the middle of everyone's heads.Even mine."They'll be gathering at the bottom of the road," he says, "but that's as far as they're going to go!"I put a hand on Angharrad's flank beneath me. In under two minutes, the Mayor had us up on horseback, Morpeth and Angharrad coming running from round the back of the ruins of the cathedral, and by the time we'd hopped up, stepping over the still unconshus bodies of the men who tried to help me overthrow the Mayor, there was the army taking messy shape in front of us.Not all of it, tho, maybe less than half, the rest still stretched up along the southern road to the hill with the notch on it, the road to where the battle was sposed to be.Angharrad's thinking and I can feel spikes of nerves all thru her body. She's scared nearly half to death. So am I."BATTALIONS READY!" the Mayor shouts and immediately Mr. Hammar and the later-arriving Mr. Tate and Mr. O'Hare and Mr. Morgan snap salutes and the soldiers start lining up in the right formayshuns, twisting thru each other in coils and getting into order so quickly it almost hurts my eyes to watch it."I know," the Mayor says. "It's a thing of beauty, isn't it?" I point my rifle at him, the rifle I took from Davy. "You just remember our agreement," I say. "Yer gonna keep Viola safe and you ain't gonna control me with yer Noise. You do that and you stay alive. That's the only
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In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.

As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.




From the Hardcover edition.

Appropriate for ages: 14