My book of the year – Monsters of Men

Patrick Ness' Monsters of MenI’m suffering from sleep deprivation today as I stayed up way too late last night finishing off Patrick Ness’ new book, Monsters of Men.  It’s the final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy which is absolutely brilliant and a real benchmark for Young Adult fiction.  If you haven’t read the books I’ll give you 3 reasons why you should:

  1. Each of the books is a rollercoaster ride – there’s ups and downs, twists and turns, stomach-lurching events, and the story races along at break-neck speed.
  2. The development of the characters is incredible.  The characters are affected by the events of the story so they change with it, some for better, others for worse.  Patrick Ness is great at showing the true nature of his characters, not just what’s on the surface.
  3. The setting, the characters, and their story will stick with you long after you have finished reading.

Monsters of Men brings the story of Todd, Viola, and other settlers of New World to a thrilling conclusion.

Patrick keeps you guessing right til the end; has the Mayor truly been redeemed by Todd? Will anybody get out of the war alive? Will Todd and Viola finally get to be together?  I found it incredibly difficult to put the book down and go to work. 

I also found myself struggling with the book though as I wanted to find out how their story ended, but I didn’t want to leave those amazing characters and New World behind.  I’ll just have to start from the beginning again with The Knife of Never Letting Go.

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