Book Review: “Monsters of Men”

“Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3)” by Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Source: Bought

Other Chaos Walking Books

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


Wow, that was an action packed finale for one of the best series I’ve ever read. Like the previous two books, this book is filled with non-stop action. I didn’t like it as much as the other because of the type of action. It’s just 600 pages of war. And you know what? That gets tiring after a while.

The ideas and struggles in this book were amazing. Once again, we’re thrown into this world where there is no where to turn. The only choices are join a tyrant or join a terrorist. There are no right choices. How can you make the right decision when death and destruction are around every corner.

I think one of the best parts about this book (and series) is Ness is willing to go and do things many people wouldn’t do. People die. Good people die. Bad people die. He doesn’t sidestep issues because he likes a character. This book really is like a war. Bad things happen and the wrong people die. Because he was willing to go there it makes everything so much more realistic.

Once again, we have Todd and Viola narrating the story for us. It’s a crucial element for the story. We get to see the inside workings of each side. We also see the inside and outside of each character. See how they see each other. See how war has changed them. Ness shocks the readers by adding another narrator to the mix. One whose voice we’ve never heard. It’s very, very interesting to hear the ‘other’ side of the story.

It was a great conclusion to an AMAZING trilogy. If you have not started these books yet, stop what you’re doing and go order them right now. Seriously, you’ll hate yourself a bit for not reading them earlier.

Rating 5/5

It’s official. The Chaos Walking has made its way on to my favorite series list right next to Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Hunger Games.


4 thoughts on “Book Review: “Monsters of Men”

  1. This book made me WEEP. You’re right, Ness doesn’t sugarcoat anything and he blurs the lines between good and evil, and all together it makes for one amazing story.

    Yes, it made me weep, oh my I loved it.

  2. Agreed. The downside was that the war got old after awhile. But the books are super amazing! We have the same favorite series. I’m actually FINALLY reading Son of Neptune. It took forever for the library to get it for me. It’s so good though! I’m going to go read more now. You should read Divergent by Veronica Roth. I’m dying for the next book in the series to come out (sometime this year).

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