Literary Friday: Monsters of Men

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"War," says the Mayor. "At last." Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge - the electrifying finale to the award-winning "Chaos Walking" trilogy, Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping novel about power, survival, and the devastating realities of war.

In this third and final book of the Chaos Walking trilogy, Patrick Ness has managed to combine the high-stakes action from the first book with the deeper questions about humanity from the second book. Monsters of Men asks whether any man, and mankind, can truly change- if redemption is possible, and if so, what price it costs.

I found myself, once again, yelling at characters, gasping at events, and crying a few times. Todd and Viola continue their journeys of self-discovery and growth. And despite the fantastical science fiction setting, the events and attitudes are echoes of our own history.

What can I say? You should read this, but you should start with book one, The Knife of Never Letting Go. And be prepared for an emotional journey, and one hell of a ride.

I recommend this book for fans of classic "what is mankind" science fiction, those who've read the first two books in the series, readers who enjoy mature (not racy) YA literature, and folks who enjoy a mix of political intrigue with action and true coming of age journeys.

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