Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness. Review 

This book was poor. There’s no other way to describe it. It’s not often I’ll write a truly ‘bad’ review and I will still try to be as polite as possible, while in my head I’m raging with frustration. But of course you don’t have to take my word for it. If you loved this series good for you. If you still want to read it after reading my opinions then you should go for it. If you hated it then I completely understand that because I did too. 

The Knife of Never Letting Go was a really good start. I liked the concept: people leave ‘our world’ full of corruption, and find a new planet. Initially populated by hostile creatures but it’s ok because there was a war and they’re all dead now. Oh and the women are dead too. Until Todd, the youngest boy in Prentistown stumbles upon one and begins a journey where he finds out everything he thought was true was actually a lie. It was actually the only one in the series which made me feel the remotest bit of emotion and that was due to an animal not any of the characters. 

The Ask and the Answer was a lot more disappointing, as those who regularly read my reviews already know. The story didn’t really seem to get going and it was a BIG book for not a lot to be happening. It mostly involved in Todd allowing the mayor to control his actions because he needed to save the love of his life Viola. Except, hold on… where has this love come from?! There wasn’t even a hint of it in the first book and now suddenly they’re devoted to one another. Maybe Manchee’s death would have felt like it meant more if Ness had developed this love interest much sooner.

Monsters of Men was by far the poorest book in the series. To be honest I’m kicking myself for wasting a week of my time when I could have been reading much better books. Here’s some of the reasons I disliked the finale of this series so much: 
1. The fake love interest between Viola and Todd. There was no feeling in it. I couldn’t picture them together because I’m not sure Ness ever even described them. There was no emotional connection created from their encounters and the constant bleating of TODD? VIOLA?! Todd?! VIOLA!! Was probably the most annoying thing I’ve ever read. 
2. The length of the book was increased by about 50 pages throughout the book with 4 sentences on each page. 
3. None of the characters had any substance and made me hate them all. The evil ones weren’t even properly evil and the rest were just annoying. Through the whole series I liked the dog and the two horses and that was it. 

4. The way every ‘section’ ended with a cliffhanger that turned out to be nothing. Not only was this really annoying, forced and did I mention annoying? I soon got wise to the fact that nothing bad was actually ever going to happen to the main characters. 
5. The words spelt wrong were pointless and annoying. The change in font and word size was annoying and pointless. 
6. There was actually no plot. It came to an end and nothing actually happened. 
7. There were lots of unanswered questions, plot holes and pointlessness. Case in point would be Todd’s mother’s diary. He lugs it around everywhere determined to learn to read it and we still never find out what it said beyond the first paragraph. 

I could go on but it’s becoming exhaustive and I want to sleep.

 The point I will make is that if you, like me didn’t like the series, don’t let it put you off the author all together. I was lucky enough to have read More Than This before I read the Chaos Walking series and really enjoyed it. 

Try not to let this one ruin it for you. Right, off to bed to dream about killing every character in that book. 


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