Monsters of Men
Reviewed by Ellen James
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness is the third book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. The book is written from three different points of view:- the Spackle army, Todd and Viola. Todd and Viola are the two of the main characters who are in love, and will do anything to keep each other safe.
It is very difficult to understand if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, because you wouldn’t know who the characters are, and the opening line in the book is ‘“War,” says Mayor Prentiss, “at last,”’ and anyone who has not read the first two books would not know who Mayor Prentiss is. Also, someone who is new to the series might not know what some of the phrases mean, like “Noise” and how people talk about their “boy colt”. For example, ‘Boy colt? Angharrad’s thinking.’
Also, some of the concepts of the book might not be to everyone’s liking, for example the different groups of the Spackle army having names like “The Land” and “The Sky” – “The Sky stopped the river shortly after the sun rose. He sent a message through the Pathways to the Land who were building the dam far upriver.” And the book is also very unrealistic, because it features things like flying ships.
Another thing that might be hard to get used to is the number of spelling mistakes in the book, like “coupla”.
I think that the book would be very good if someone had read the first two books of the trilogy. Anyone over the age of thirteen would enjoy this book, due to it being a long book and being quite a complex storyline.