“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. This new edition contains a brand new and previously unpublished short story, Snowscape. Set shortly after the events of Monsters of Men, this gripping story reveals sensational new truths about Todd and Viola's world.
The Chaos Walking trilogy comes to a powerful conclusion in this grueling but triumphant tale. Three armies stand poised for battle, one controlled by the murderous but charismatic Mayor; a second headed by the equally Machiavellian terrorist, Mistress Coyle; the third led by the Sky, leader of the indigenous telepathic race known as the Spackle. Meanwhile, a convoy of ships is approaching the planet, bringing still more human colonists, though it isn t clear that there will be anything left to settle when they arrive. Todd and Viola, along with the Return, an embittered former Spackle slave, find themselves in positions of increasing power and are faced with a variety of complex and ambiguous moral decisions, any one of which may lead to wholesale destruction. Trying to overcome their anger, hatred, and fear, each must confront the reasons why in a place of all this beauty and potential... we just repeat the same mistakes. As in his preceding books, Ness offers incisive appraisals of violence, power, and human nature, and with the series complete, it s clear that he has crafted one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years. Ages 14 up.
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This book made me sad and ruined my life because now all the other books are terrible compared to it and ugh
It’s good tho ;)
Page turner on acid
The first two books in this trilogy are superb, but I wasn't prepared for the blistering pace of the conclusion. The moral issues explored are valuable ones to ponder, as they are the oldest ones we face as a species, yet they remain unsolved. Would we indeed be able to solve them in a new world, after escaping the destruction, probably by ourselves of this one?
Monsters of Men hopes so, but the journey to find the answer is breathtaking.