Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Release Date: May 4th 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 287 ––– Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course. ––– I will not be able to stop talking about this book for a long time. It was incredibly written. It was without a doubt my favourite Patrick Ness book and quite possible one of the best, if not the best YA novels ever written.
Adam Thorn is one of my new favourite YA characters. He’s a pure cinnamon roll who needs to be protected at all costs. I just think he was so well written – he’s relatable, he makes mistakes, he’s struggling with pressure like most teenagers are and he’s funny at the same time. I shipped him and Linus so much. I’ll admit that him and Enzo were my guilty ship for most of it. The plot was so fascinating and so well thought. I’m glad that it took course over just one day and it was written much better in this narrative. It’s just, simply, wow. Such a beautiful coming-of-age story and his writing style is just special and breathtaking. Such an empathetic writer and one who really knows how to portray every emotion. Very talented indeed. The story is incredibly engrossing and I managed to finish this quite quickly. Characters such as Angela and Martin really added to the story and the part with the Queen and Katherine were weaved into Adam’s story so well! This is just, quite simply, and outstanding piece of literature and I urge everyone to go read this when it’s out!!
5 out of 5 stars and thank you so much to my book club mentor for lending me this ARC!
Well. Wow. I'm in shock. What an epic way to conclude the series. I was gonna give this 3.5 stars because in all fairness, it was a very tough read. But the ending left me breathless so I felt I had no choice but to give it the 4 stars it deserves.
Monsters of Men is a heart-stopping and engrossing finale to the Chaos Walking trilogy.
I just can't believe I have to say goodbye to Todd and Viola now and when a certain character came back, I was over the moon.
A really different, unique and enjoyable read and I'm glad it was my first read of 2017.
This is such a completely original and unique idea that it's practically impossible not to like the plot or the characters.
It tells the story of Todd, who is almost a "man" (ie. thirteen) in his home in Prentisstown. And as he's just a month away from becoming one, he comes across an area of complete silence in the Noise, which is impossible.
Noise is the thoughts of everyone in the town, the thoughts that everyone else can hear. And it's everywhere. So once the Mayor finds out Todd knows about this area of silence, he sets the entire town after him.
So Todd, with only his dog Manchee as company and a book from his dads, flees from Prentisstown. To explore the rest of New World. And what he finds is only what the stories he'd been told as a kid were about...
Viola and Todd were great protagonists who worked so well together, despite the fact that they'd only just met. This is a credit to Ness, as it shows just how marvellous his writing skill is. How he's capable of making two characters have two different lives before meeting and yet fitting together like they're pieces of a puzzle.
Bravo, to be really honest. I just can't wait to read the sequel - it's in my hands right now!!
This is my second time reading it, after devouring it earlier in the year.
The reason being, because I'm going to a very early screening of the movie on Monday night WITH Patrick Ness himself. I'm so excited.
So, I should probably talk about the book as well. Just like like last time, it's simply, utterly, extraordinarily beautiful.
Ness's storytelling is so simplistic yet so engrossing. I must mention Siobhan Dowd here (RIP), and thank her for coming up with the idea in the first place. I think (hope) she would be glad that such an amazing writer such as Patrick Ness wrote it for her.
Of course I'm giving this book 5 (million) stars out of 5!!!!