Sometimes you get to the final book in a series, and it feels like a different author is writing it, that the real author who began the story back at book one packed a suitcase and got a one way ticket to some far off place This is how I feel about Monsters of Men, which is really the proverbial nail in the Chaos Walking trilogy s coffin I ve read several glowing reviews for this book, and I admit I struggle to see many of the things those readers are seeing While everyone s entitled to their Sometimes you get to the final book in a series, and it feels like a different author is writing it, that the real author who began the story back at book one packed a suitcase and got a one way ticket to some far off place This is how I feel about Monsters of Men, which is really the proverbial nail in the Chaos Walking trilogy s coffin I ve read several glowing reviews for this book, and I admit I struggle to see many of the things those readers are seeing While everyone s entitled to their own opinions enjoyment is subjective I believe readers are less likely to enjoy this trilogy when the books are read consecutively I can see how waiting a year between books might result in one forgetting the little bits and pieces Ness inserted into his world, and so their absence might not be so frustrating and noticeable I don t believe I d like this book with such a wait between readings, but I suspect I wouldn t find the problems as glaring as I do now When reading the books back to back, the numerous technical flaws with Ness writing are impossible to ignore.By far, Ness biggest problem in Monsters of Men is technique It s strange to say that, considering I so love his technique in The Knife of Never Letting Go, but there s a vast difference, and I would say declining quality, between the first and last books of this trilogy Ness continues his sloppy perspective switching from The Ask and the Answer and it unfortunately gets worse Whereas most of the perspective switching in book two was between chapters, it s between scenes in Monsters of Men One 400 word scene switches to another 400 word scene from a different perspective, then back again, and on and on If not for POV headings, readers would struggle to keep up Although, the characters spend so much time screaming each other s names that you re never entirely lost VIOLA TODD VIOLA MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA Typographical differences are meant to exist between the different points of view, too, but I found this was a little inconsistent for me in the ebook format for Nook In other words, if you re dying to read this, do so in print.There s eventually so much perspective switching that Todd and Viola not only don t sound like themselves from previous books, they halfway morph into some near schizophrenic first person point of view Either Todd has an educated, though immature, female alter ego or Viola s got an illiterate, redneck boy living inside her Neither feels quite right Worse yet, Ness adds in another first person perspective It should be said that not everything needs to be known about everyone at all times in a book If a writer thinks otherwise, to any degree, he or she should almost certainly be writing in third person, not first This is basic stuff, and I m dismayed Ness had no editor come to his rescue.It s difficult for me to look past technical issues to see positives in character development, but I think Ness fails to deliver on this front, too For Todd and Viola, I can see where he attempts to show development, but it s lost in the perspective chaos no pun intended and the ever conveniently changing plot device that the Noise becomes Character development is far worse with Mayor Prentiss, Chaos Walking s bad guy who s meant to disturb readers with his near unending cruelty and unhinged understanding of the world I waited and hoped for some deep revelation about Prentiss and his behavior, but he really only becomes an idiotic, grinning sideshow I should have known not to expect much when the book opened with this dialogue War, says Mayor Prentiss, his eyes glinting At last Mistress Coyle is a better written bad guy She s all about control and power, and readers know enough about her history to know some of the reasons why she behaves the way she does But Mistress Coyle is not the bad guy readers were introduced to in book one, and though she s of a similar nature to Prentiss, she is the lesser of evils, whether Ness intended for her to be or not view spoiler Yeah, she chooses to be a suicide bomber to prove a point, but she didn t try to kill every woman on the planet, now, did she hide spoiler That Mistress Coyle is a mildly interesting and believable bad guy doesn t really matter, though The whole trilogy falls flat and ultimately makes no sense if we don t understand Mayor Prentiss history and motives The previous war with the Spackle, the genocide of women in Prentisstown and his subsequent rise to power there, the connection to Preacher Aaron s religious fundamentalism, the chasing of Todd for his innocence, the chasing of Viola, his overtaking of all settlements between Prentisstown and Haven, his continued hatred of Spackle and women, his love of war, his interest in Viola s people, his ability to control minds, and countless other things make no sense if readers aren t given details He doesn t seem to care about fame or fortune or even power, really just mind games and war Withoutbehind his behavior, he becomes a stock character, mere decoration for Ness moral and political messages, and a placeholder for true conflict I m going to spoil the big secret about Mayor Prentiss for you He s crazy and bad to the bone That s it.That brings me back to Ness philosophical messages against war and violence An inadequate handling of Mayor Prentiss muddles the message Ness is trying to get out to young people Prentiss is not a realistic portrayal of real world evil, and so any pacifistic messages surrounding him crumble Everything s madeawkward when Ness pulls out the old Noble Savage trope for the Spackle They are glorified Native Americans, right down to their peace seeking chieftain and his elaborate headpiece Todd and Viola s response to the world they live in can t deliver important life lessons because their world no longer mirrors any sort of reality by the end of this book All the good and evil has been created using cookie cutter stereotypes Other young adult authors have better communicated how difficult it is to understand and cope with the hows and whys of people s behavior, as well as how unclear appropriate courses of action can be While Ness accomplishes some of the latter in Monsters of Men through Todd and Viola, he struggles to portray the former because of his poor development of Mayor Prentiss If only the evil men of our world werelike Ness portrays Prentiss void of political, moral, and financial motivations and connections It wouldn t be so difficult to know how to respond to them These are just some of the problems with this book Questions are left unanswered, too many characters prove to be unimportant, and the ending can only be described as an anticlimactic showdown reminiscent of every bad superhero movie ever made I still think The Knife of Never Letting Go is a fun read, which is why I can t bring myself to give this book the one star rating it may very well deserve, but The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men are disappointing followups This trilogy had potential, but Ness ultimately doesn t deliver Quotes From the Book Apply your own positive negative connotations That s the nasty, nasty secret of war When yer winning When yer winning, it s ruddy thrilling And then I turn to the Mayor and I m filled with her, with her love for me and my love for her And it makes me big as an effing mountain THIS FLIPPIN BOOK I swear I just ran a 45 kilometre race because I m exhausted And I m angry Ohhhhh you made me SO ANGRY you little black hearted book It is good though, it is very very good, although I m still kind of salty at it but giving it 5 stars because you know when you love something a lot but you also want to slap it Me Chaos Walking.CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO SHOUT ABOUT THAT ENDING I m traumatised and damaged but very pleased ultimately, because what is the bookworm life if no THIS FLIPPIN BOOK I swear I just ran a 45 kilometre race because I m exhausted And I m angry Ohhhhh you made me SO ANGRY you little black hearted book It is good though, it is very very good, although I m still kind of salty at it but giving it 5 stars because you know when you love something a lot but you also want to slap it Me Chaos Walking.CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO SHOUT ABOUT THAT ENDING I m traumatised and damaged but very pleased ultimately, because what is the bookworm life if not emotional damage sobsob I actually was sending my friend sob ragey texts due to the trauma and predicting the most horrible things to happen Only 87% of my predictions were right Only 88% of me is on the ground right now But I do think the book balanced absolute mass murder of feels with satisfaction view spoiler i think we can all agree PATRICK NESS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ANIMALS He frikkin had to go and kill Acorn What did that horse ever do to him First Manchee, then Acorn, and both are so loyal and beautiful and DIED TO SAVE DUMB HUMANS I can t even Also I kneeeew Todd was going to die I was so MAD when he died, and then it was only a fake death so he came back and I m still an emotional wreck thanks for that hide spoiler I was a little disappointed it was basically a 600 page battle though It DID balance it out with a lot of scenes were other things happened, so not just fighting, but dude, did it drag at times I got really tired of how often we cycled through everyone s same same thoughtstoo much thinking, not enough action, my friends So somehow this isn t my most favourite book of the series but it s still getting 5 stars because I m just proud of myself for surviving the whole thing.PS The audio is fabulous 10 10 I listened to all three, and they do effects for the Noise and the narrator is perfection It makes me super excited for the movie haha.LITTLE THINGS TO NOTE I absolutely 100% ship 1017 and view spoiler Ben hide spoiler Do not argue with me They will be married at dawn so say I anyway I cannot even believe how beautiful and innocent and pure Viola Todd are AND THEY HAVE LIKE 1 KISS IN 3 BOOKS And like book 3 they finally hold handslike woah getting racy here It still makes me mad that Viola was salty about trusting Todd without his Noise I mean, woman, how hypocritical When they first met and Todd was basically calling her brain dead for not having Noise, she was SO MAD Just because someone doesn t lay out all their secret, doesn t mean they re not trustworthy for goodness sakes I LOVED THAT WE GOT THE SPACKLE S POINT OF VIEW That added so much Lee annoys me and if he could just lie down quietly in a hole somewhere that d be great The Mayor s obsession with Todd was so frikkin creepy Everyone is so angry here and hitting everything No one ever eats in this whole series and I need to talk to someone about my children s health, this is not ok or fair It is 600 pages and I m sO tiREd I think the moral of this series is that humans are trash and this is pretty true go us for our excellent relationship skills Redeemable trash tho But still Stahp I m still confused that the audio pronounces Viola as Vy la and I m here saying Vi o la like the instrument WHO S RIGHT Obviously must be me Was the ending a bit easy I m not sure I m just so emotionally DRAINED Todd being reunited with view spoiler Ben hide spoiler broke me into such a mess omg This has so many layers and emotions and complicated humans and it focuses on so so muchthan romance and I M JUST SUCH A FAN I wish we hadseries like this Honestly I love this series It s tough and bloody and raw It s honestly super different to most things I get to read with YA, and I just love the complexity and the discussions I m so salty at a lot of the decisions, but IT S GOOD It s a good series I m a wreck Just go 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 Alternate Cover Edition One of the best endings of a trilogy i have ever read I sobbed, and laughed, but most sobbed So poetic, honestly, Patrick Ness is a gift to this earth. EVERYTHING HURTS RIGHT NOW, DON T TALK TO ME This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book PrescriptionWorst is the one who knows better and does nothingIn the previous books, the start would always be relatively slow and then the pacing picks up till it becomes faster and better This time, the author started powerfully, with a fast and great thing, a WAR I think this book had the best beginning in this series but unfortunately, it was tamed a little bit in the middle There was a 3rd POV in this book and I This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book PrescriptionWorst is the one who knows better and does nothingIn the previous books, the start would always be relatively slow and then the pacing picks up till it becomes faster and better This time, the author started powerfully, with a fast and great thing, a WAR I think this book had the best beginning in this series but unfortunately, it was tamed a little bit in the middle There was a 3rd POV in this book and I am not going to spoil it because it was creative and is better to be left a surprise I am not sure if I was a big fan of the writing style of that character because it took me a while to get used to it and it was confusing at first Not to be confused with the general writing style, which is as good as everChoices may be unbelievably hard but they re never impossible To say you have no choice is to release yourself from responsibility and that s not how a person with integrity actsI think the world building and characters are as realistic as ever These are surely things that I won t forget quickly I just didn t like the continuous Bickering between President Prentiss one of the smartest Villains I have ever read and Mistress Coyle It was one of the reason that made the middle part less interesting The Plot is great and there are twists and drama and darkness as usual that will destroy you in the best possible way Summary A great continuation of the series that is almost guaranteed not to disappoint you With a new POV, new twists and new developments that will leave your mouth hanging open I ended up giving this book and the trilogy as a whole 4 out of 5 stars this lower than five stars rating is probably my fault i had to put the book down because of life stupid life so there was a whole day there where i didn t get to read a single word of this, and i may have simply lost my momentum as a result.this book is still fantastic it is a slower paced,meditative book than the other two before, it was all breakneck excitement and every time the characters seemed to be able to pause for breath blammo another effing tragedy which strangely, did this lower than five stars rating is probably my fault i had to put the book down because of life stupid life so there was a whole day there where i didn t get to read a single word of this, and i may have simply lost my momentum as a result.this book is still fantastic it is a slower paced,meditative book than the other two before, it was all breakneck excitement and every time the characters seemed to be able to pause for breath blammo another effing tragedy which strangely, did not come across as gratuitous ness is such a strong writer that he never let the story become expected or tedious there was always a healthy ratio of character building to adrenaline rushes, so it never seemed that he was just putting explosions and death in the way to make sure you were still paying attention.because obviously we are paying attention.this one had aphilosophical cast to it than the first two that is not to say there is no action there are battles and smaller skirmishes and many innocent characters have terrible things happen to them, so it is very similar in that way to the first two books, withpolitics of war and musings on the nature and meaning of humanity everything is cast in shades of gray, where good guys have bad days and bad guys occasionally do the right thing ness is always about three steps ahead of the reader s expectayshuns also, much less of that in this final book , and it is nearly impossible to predict what is about to happen.however, and i am probably going to get slapped all over the internet about this, i really wasn t into the voice of the return land sky while i understand intellectually that it is necessary to include that perspective and it gives a depth to the story that is important and that the book could not have reached a satisfying conclusion without including it, emotionally, i found it dry and less heart shredding than viola and todd s story i know.but it s true whenever i came to that font, i was like nooo gimmieviola it s not my fault that those two characters are so close to my heart, while the land is interesting but not all up in my emotional grill.this really was an excellent conclusion to one of the finest trilogies i have ever read both todd and viola grow so much as characters, it is a phenomenal series for that part alone and the rest ahhhh i can t say enough good about this series having just experienced a bug holocaust and still reeling from toxic fumes, it is probably best to end here, so i can escape to clearer air effing bugs i would like to band them and see how they like itcome to my blog Patrick Ness, that s what other writers of YA dystopian books want to be when they grow up. After falling completely in love with the first two books in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, it made perfect sense for me to seek out the final installment asap And I must admit, my immediate thoughts were mixed This book doesn t share the fast pace of The Knife Of Never Letting Go and doesn t put as much emphasis on the shock factor like The Ask And The Answer But it delivered beautifully in a way I could never have imagined.Firstly, I ve never been a fan of rapidly alternating perspectives, After falling completely in love with the first two books in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, it made perfect sense for me to seek out the final installment asap And I must admit, my immediate thoughts were mixed This book doesn t share the fast pace of The Knife Of Never Letting Go and doesn t put as much emphasis on the shock factor like The Ask And The Answer But it delivered beautifully in a way I could never have imagined.Firstly, I ve never been a fan of rapidly alternating perspectives, but not only does Patrick Ness make it enjoyable, he also makes it necessary The introduction of the third perspective and it being good old 1017, hell bent on vengeance, is just incredible I like the careful way Ness makes the lines between heroes and villains very blurred Is Madame Coyle a freedom fighter or a terrorist Are a few innocent lives worth casting aside if what you re trying to achieve benefits the larger numbers This book is a political statement as well as a great adventure story A question about the nature of humanity as well as a vivid, entertaining read.Ness constantly delivers surprise after surprise I don t want to say too much about that and ruin the novel, but the ending was the most shocking one I have read in such a long time I cried Literally cried and I just couldn t believe that it happened This is an astonishing, thought provoking, important novel It will stay with me for a very long time.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Also find this review on Don t Stop Readin OH MY GOD.I CAN T EVEN Page 572It willalways haunt me.I will never be able to forget it.It was when I started crying hysterically until my throat started aching.There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to sing praises of this series I am simply tongue tied by the brilliance of this trilogy, the depth of the topics explored via the characters in this book I really cannot write a proper review, I just can t I am so severely shocked and utte Also find this review on Don t Stop Readin OH MY GOD.I CAN T EVEN Page 572It willalways haunt me.I will never be able to forget it.It was when I started crying hysterically until my throat started aching.There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to sing praises of this series I am simply tongue tied by the brilliance of this trilogy, the depth of the topics explored via the characters in this book I really cannot write a proper review, I just can t I am so severely shocked and utterly awestruck, it is as if someone has pulled a rug right from under me.I feel like I am a part of an elite club after reading this masterpiece and I feel bad for the people who haven t read this yet I genuinely do This trilogy is not just some sheepish young adult fantasy thrown together it is so much different, so much beyond it Every character is so strong and of significance, that you cannot help but admire Ness s imagination The predicament, whether we re on the wrong side or right side in a war is a main theme of this book too Like I said in my review of The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness is the one with power here He can manipulate his readers just like Mayor Prentiss was able to manipulate Todd When all the ugly faces of war are presented, you cannot decide on whose side you d want to be because he shows that there is no side with best intentions, you can never completely agree with one person s idea of winning it.These books should not be categorised as middle grade ya books, even adults should read them It is an excellent, thought provoking series recommended to all, although I agree with others that 3rd book did not follow the path 2nd and 1st books went on, it still was a moving read and extremely deserving to be the closing chapter of this immensely emotional and powerful ride.On Page 402 there is a line And I wait for a long minute.And I don t know what to say.And I don t know what to do That is exactly how I feel right now Throughout the book there are at least a dozen plot twists but it is the ending that entirely makes you fall in love with Monsters of Men It is so unbelievable that you will have to read the same line over and over again with teary eyes to fully grasp what s happening PATRICK NESS.I bow to thee