Monsters Of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three

Hardcover | September 28, 2010

byPatrick Ness

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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.

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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 murde...

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 Awar...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:608 pages, 8.77 × 5.5 × 1.79 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763647519

ISBN - 13:9780763647513

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


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:
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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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 reason I let you go."His eyes flash. "You realize that means you can't let me out of your sight," he says, "even if you have to follow me into battle. Are you ready for that, Todd?""I'm ready," I say, even tho I ain't but I'm trying not to think about it."I have a feeling you'll do well," he says."Shut up," I say. "I beat you once, I'll beat you again." He grins. "Of that I have no doubt.""THE MEN ARE READY, SIR!" Mr. Hammar shouts from his horse, saluting fiercely.The Mayor keeps his eyes on me. "The men are ready, Todd," he says, his voice teasing. "Are you?""Just get on with it."And his smile gets even wider. He turns to the men. "Two divisions down the western road for the first attack!" His voice snakes thru everyone's head again, like a sound you can't ignore. "Captain Hammar's division at the front, Captain Morgan taking the rear! Captains Tate and O'Hare will round up the rest of the men and armaments yet to arrive and join the fray with the greatest dispatch."Armaments? I think."If the fight isn't already over by the time they join us-" The men laugh at this, a loud, nervous, aggressive kind of laugh."Then as a united army, we will drive the Spackle back up that hill and make them regret the day they were EVER BORN!"And the men give a roaring cheer."Sir!" Captain Hammar shouts. "What about the army of the Answer, sir?""First we beat the Spackle," says the Mayor, "then the Answer will be child's play."He looks across his army of men and back up the hill to the Spackle army, still marching down. Then he raises his fist and gives the loudest Noise shout of all, a shout that bores right down into the very center of every man hearing it."TO BATTLE!""TO BATTLE!" the army cries back at him and sets off at a fierce pace outta the square, racing toward the zigzag hill. The Mayor looks at me one last time, like he can barely keep from laughing at how much fun he's having. And with- out another word, he spurs Morpeth hard in the sides and they gallop into the square after the departing army.The army heading off to war. Follow? Angharrad asks, fear coming off her like sweat."He's right," I say. "We can't let him out of our sight. He's got to keep his word. He's got to win his war. He's got to save her."For her, Angharrad thinks.For her, I think back, all my feeling about her behind it. And I think her name-Viola.And Angharrad leaps forward into battle.From the Trade Paperback edition.