SpineOut : June - July 2018
Sofia, Age 14 St Ursula’s College Kingsgrove NSW r Monsters of Men Patrick Ness Candlewick Press A fter the success of the two previous books, The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer, a third book Monsters of Men was released. This fast-paced action is narrated by three individual characters: Todd, Viola, and 1017, all with very different points of view, all on different sides, but all fighting in the same war. A war for power. Mayor Prentiss insists that war is the only way forward. He wants power and he insists that his bad ways have been redeemed, that Todd is his son, and that having no noise is a good thing. However, Viola and Todd have other ideas: they must join with the Spackle, a group of people who speak with the Land and in their noise, instead of their mouth, and make peace, or the Land will be destroyed. The Spackle is determined not to give in. Todd can’t tell whether the mayor is redeemed and if he is, how? The war must stop; after all, doesn’t fighting make monsters of men? Monsters of Men was a real thrill to read, with a cliffhanger at the end of nearly every chapter. It had so many twists and turns that you could not predict what was going to happen next. The end was the biggest surprise of all but not necessarily your idea of a happily-ever-after ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend the whole series to those of both genders who love a thrill and an adventure. SBOOK REVIEWS pine Out JUNE / JULY 2018 WATCH PATRICK NESS READ FROM MONSTERS OF MEN This book is an exciting pageturner and the best of the three, a fantastic sum-up to the trilogy. You must read the first two before this one, as they are exact follow-ons! Rating: Nine-and-a-half out of 10 because it was so impossible to put down and beautifully written. It is completely unique, something I have never read of before, each fantastic new idea plunging you deep into a great adventure!
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