Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness (CBR-IV #11)

Cannonball Read IV: Book #11/52
Published: 2009
Pages: 603
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian

**This is the third novel in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. There are spoilers regarding the first two books in the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and The Ask and the Answer.

This final book in Patrick Ness's trilogy ties up the journey of Todd and Viola in New World. In the end of the last book, we were left with another cliffhanger as New World's natives, the Spackle, join the war against the already divided humans. This book jumps right into the action as a huge battle breaks out.

The first book was just from Todd's perspective, the second switched between Viola and Todd's thoughts, while this final book adds a new narrator, one of the Spackle. This Spackle is significant because he was the only one left of the Spackle slaves after they were massacred in the war between the humans. He has a tumultuous history with Todd as well. I liked seeing the different perspectives and it was a clever way to keep the reader in the middle of each side of the war. 

Overall, I really loved this trilogy. My only complaint is that this final book was maybe a little too long at 600+ pages. However, there were quite a few surprises and lots of action, so the slower parts weren't very frequent. This was one of the best YA series I have read. It actually relies on plot and suspense over romance. So, if you've been looking for a good dystopian YA that is light on romance and heavy on action, try this series. 

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