Monsters of Men (Spoiler Free)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
The Ask and The Answer
More Than This
A Monster Calls

Synopsis:

“War,” says the Mayor. “At last.” 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? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge – the electrifying finale to the award-winning “Chaos Walking” trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

Thoughts:

I was hoping for a spectacular ending to this series considering it is Patrick Ness… and The Ask and The Answer was such a good read. I really did like Monsters of Men, but it didn’t quite match up to The Ask and The Answer for me.

Monsters of Men picks up after The Ask and The Answer. It’s so hard to review a final book in the series, but I don’t think I’d be spoiling it too much to say it is action packed and full of fighting/war. It’s also not a spoiler to mention how much humanity are depending on Todd and Viola for survival.

The conclusion to the Chaos Walking Trilogy is an ambitious novel. This time there are three different voices which switch seamlessly between one another. The action in this book is intense and keeps you turning the pages. I do feel like this book could have benefited from being a little shorter. At just over 600 pages I felt like the book dragged in parts which I could’ve done without. It is worth reading though, so please don’t let the length of the book put you off. I’m not one for massive chunky reads at the moment, but Monsters of Men didn’t take long to power through once I got immersed in the world.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A solid end to a series that has been action packed and full of emotions!

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The Ask And The Answer

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Knife of Never Letting Go
More Than This
A Monster Calls

Synopsis:

We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

Thoughts:

I really want to start this review by declaring my love for the Chaos Walking trilogy (so far…I’m reading Monsters of Men very soon). I have held off from reading The Ask and The Answer for so long now. Why? I don’t know. It was fricking awesome. (Maybe it was Manchee. I’m just not over that yet. But, you know… can’t dwell on it… *sigh*)

The Ask and The Answer is a fantastic continuation of Todd and Viola’s story. I don’t want to say too much about it because although I’m aware that this is an ‘old’ series, I’m also aware that many regular readers of my blog haven’t started this series yet. (They totally should).

I really enjoyed how The Ask and The Answer used Viola’s perspective so much. This doesn’t always work for me, but it really did in this book. I loved experiencing Viola’s point of view. They both had distinct voices too. I was never confused about who was narrating. (It helps that the font changes too). Hearing from both perspectives really enriched the story for me. Patrick Ness is a master at creating characters. His villains are particularly exceptional.

I wasn’t sure where the plot of this book was going to go. I wasn’t sure whose side I should be on. There’s so much muddy area around who is good and bad and I’m still loving being confused by it. It’s an incredibly clever move on Patrick Ness’ part! I won’t say anything more but express how much I’m looking forward to Monsters of Men! I’m just glad I decided to power through this series this month!

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

A brilliant continuation of The Chaos Walking trilogy! I’m so excited to read the final book!