Monsters of Men

Monsters of Men

eBook - 2010
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As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010
ISBN: 9780763652111
Characteristics: 1 online resource (322 p.)


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May 06, 2020

How do you decide which side is the right one? This masterpiece of a finale to the trilogy ”Chaos Walking” by Patrick Ness explores in great detail and vividness this very question, making it impossible for this to be a light read. The book examines the concepts of right and wrong, of knowing who you are truly, and knowing how to deal with the unexpected things you will encounter in life.
This trilogy really resonated with me, and I’m sure the same can be said with many other teens and young adults, as we follow the story of Todd Hewitt, a boy growing up in the midst of war in a nation of uncertainty and secrets. He struggles to find out who he is, what he stands for, and what side really is the ‘right one’ to be on. I think this trilogy is truly a beautiful creation, and worth a read for everyone who stumbles across it!
I think the message of this trilogy is that everyone makes mistakes, and there’s no set ‘right side’ to be on when dealing with conflict. Everyone sees things differently, and everyone reacts to threats in unique ways.
Worth a read; it will blow your mind! 4.5/5 stars
@storygirl of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I absolutely loved the book. I didn't want it to end and leave this world of adventure and romance. However, for those of you who want to know what happens next, Patrick Ness published a series of short stories called: Snowscape, The Wide Wide Sea and The New World. These expand, explain and add to the story. Hope that this helps.

Nov 24, 2017

A year or two ago, I read the whole trilogy in a single sitting. I almost pulled all nighters reading them, they were so nerve wracking! As the characters went through difficulties, I suffered along with them. If they were sad I cried ( I really had to wipe tears off my eyes at some moments) and when things were finally starting to look good, I felt relived. I'm also currently rereading it. I recommend this to everyone who's ready to go through this rollercoaster and I suggest not to start reading at night.

Aug 23, 2017

Monsters of Men is the third and final installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy. The story takes place immediately where the second book, The Ask and the Answer left off. The Spackle have returned to wage war against humanity, which is divided between loyalties to Mayor Prentiss and Mistress Coyle. The story follows the experiences of Todd, Viola and a new protagonist, a Spackle known as “The Return.” The book is well written, has some good character development and interesting themes explored in the story. I’m not a big fan of the ending but it is far from being objectively bad. Although this is a good read, I feel that The Ask and the Answer may have been the better story; however that is just personal preference. Overall, the book is definitely worth your time if you enjoyed the first two books of the trilogy. 4/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 11, 2016

if this world were real I would be a spackle.

PimaLib_KimB Jul 06, 2016

This final book in the Chaos Walking trilogy had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't stop reading. A hard-hitting examination of war, conquest, and the consequences of settling in another world. The best part about this book was the many different points of view, including not only Todd and Viola who we had already met in the first two books, but the people from the scout ship and the 'Spackle.' The point of view from the two 'Spackle' or The Land as they call themselves, was for me, the highlight of the book. Patrick Ness managed to portray these differing views delicately and each person had a very distinctive voice. It was a well crafted novel. Well done.

Jul 02, 2016

This book was amazing! The start was a bit boring but Ness picked up the pieces after a while. I love the way he wrote in the Spakles perspective as well as Todd's and Viola's. It's the end that really bugged me. I love it when books end happily but suspenfully but Monsters Of Men didn't even do that! When I read the ending I threw the book on my bed, groaned into my pillow and died! (I'm kidding... no I'm not). It's so stupid yet so genius! #Whyme?

Dec 28, 2015

This book and author are the basis for career development workshops offered by the San Diego Metro Career Center ( The author offers great insight into successful strategies for job search and career exporation.

Dec 22, 2014

The trilogy fades in this last installment, but still recommended for its ingenuity and humanity.

ChristchurchLib Oct 01, 2013

"In most stories about humans and aliens, the aliens are the invaders. But in the Chaos Walking trilogy, it's humans who have invaded the home planet of the alien Spackle. This final volume of the trilogy looks at the horrors of war not just through the eyes of humans Todd and Viola, but also from the perspective of a reluctant Spackle leader called 1017. Readers willing to tackle this epic read will be riveted by a powerful, thought-provoking tale of agonising choices, shattering violence, and hard-won redemption. Newcomers to the series, however, should begin with the 1st book, The Knife of Never Letting Go." Teen Scene October 2013 newsletter

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Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Lots of swearing. But what do you expect? They are at war!

Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: some mild

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Really violent. Some gore.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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