Thursday, January 02, 2014
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
I knew I had to finish the Chaos Walking trilogy before year's end. In short, because it deserves to be finished because it's amazing. There are all kinds of things I could say about this series, and I will gush appropriately as we go through this review, but this is what you need to know:
Reading this series was an EXPERIENCE unlike any reading experience I've had. It was more immersive, more emotionally involving, and more tangible than any other reading I can remember. I laughed, cried, and cheered. Quite literally.
In this final installment, Monsters of Men, Todd and Viola as well as the Mayor and Mistress Coyle, are fighting a war. They're fighting for their lives. They're fighting for what their world will be.
The first book in this series was frenetic in pace. It was almost painful because the reading experience was damn near breathless. The second book was a little slower, but heavier on character development...a good thing! But this final book was a great marriage of both. A frenetic pace but with additional, wonderful character development and plenty of surprises.
Ness has written one of the greatest villains of all time in the Mayor. He's ruthless, lonely, empty, vindictive, stealthy. We have innocent antiheroes in Wilf and Lee. Stunningly real, flawed, wonderful protagonists in Todd and Viola. I loved them all, and I spent the last 100 pages of the book sobbing, gasping, and generally hanging onto my seat.
What a satisfying book. What a heart-rending, beautiful series. One of the best I've ever read.
Pub. Date: September 2011
Source: Bought it!