Book Reviews

Book Review: Monster of Men

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Synopsis (Goodreads):

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?

Review:

And this trilogy has finally ended and I am glad that I finished it because I would feel bad for spending all this money on them and not read them. Anyway, let’s get into my thoughts on what I thought about this book.

I have to admit this book is way better than the previous one in my opinion, I enjoyed it slightly more although there were so many aspects I didn’t like. I am trying to not disclose a lot of information because I don’t want to spoil the book to anyone.

This book is still not as good as the first one and I think the problem is the writing style\technique. I loved his writing style in A Monster Calls, but in this series, his writing style was so draining and exhausting to follow and read. I found it really hard to keep up with what happening as the point of view will constantly change and not with each chapters, but within the chapter and it really confused me.

I found the characters different as well, they don’t sound like the Todd and Viola in book one and two, I don’t know if it was only me who noticed it, but they did change. I can’t point at it directly but they did change and they don’t sound right or like themselves. I can feel that the author is trying to develop the characters but I feel like their personalities is lost in the chaos of the book and so, they kind of lost themselves.

The only character that I found slightly interesting and believable as a bad person is Mistress Coyle .

Patrick Ness tried to communicate messages to the young adult against war and violence. But, in my opinion, Mayor Prentiss is not a realistic portrayal of real-world evil, and so any pacifistic messages surrounding him crumble to pieces. I get what Ness is trying to do, but I found this book too chaotic that the message got lost in the middle of this mess. Still, this book although problematic is way way better than the Ask and the Answer, which was a drag to read.

Overall, this book made me realize that I am not a fan of Ness’s writing and I will not be picking up anything by him in the future. The mixture of Dystopia and Sci-Fi was too much for me to take in as it they are my least favorite genres to read from.

Rating: 2.5\5 stars.

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