Monsters Of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three

Paperback | September 13, 2011

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:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 8.5 × 5.36 × 1.66 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0763656658

ISBN - 13:9780763656652

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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 Worst ending I really hope there's a forth book cause that was a horrible ending
Date published: 2013-02-15
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

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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.