Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three Paperback – Sep 13 2011
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Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.
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" WE HIT TH E SPACKLE HEAD ON !" the Mayor shouts at the men, aiming his Noise right in the middle of everyone's heads.
"They'll be gathering at the bottom of the road," he says, "but that's as far as they're going to go!"
I put a hand on Angharrad's flank beneath me. In under two minutes, the Mayor had us up on horseback, Morpeth and Angharrad coming running from round the back of the ruins of the cathedral, and by the time we'd hopped up, stepping over the still unconshus bodies of the men who tried to help me overthrow the Mayor, there was the army taking messy shape in front of us.
Not all of it, tho, maybe less than half, the rest still stretched up along the southern road to the hill with the notch on it, the road to where the battle was sposed to be.
Angharrad's thinking and I can feel spikes of nerves all thru her body. She's scared nearly half to death.
So am I.
"BATTALIONS READY!" the Mayor shouts and immediately Mr. Hammar and the later-arriving Mr. Tate and Mr. O'Hare and Mr. Morgan snap salutes and the soldiers start lining up in the right formayshuns, twisting thru each other in coils and getting into order so quickly it almost hurts my eyes to watch it.
"I know," the Mayor says. "It's a thing of beauty, isn't it?" I point my rifle at him, the rifle I took from Davy.
"You just remember our agreement," I say. "Yer gonna keep Viola safe and you ain't gonna control me with yer Noise. You do that and you stay alive. That's the only reason I let you go."
His eyes flash. "You realize that means you can't let me out of your sight," he says, "even if you have to follow me into battle. Are you ready for that, Todd?"
"I'm ready," I say, even tho I ain't but I'm trying not to think about it.
"I have a feeling you'll do well," he says.
"Shut up," I say. "I beat you once, I'll beat you again." He grins. "Of that I have no doubt."
"THE MEN ARE READY, SIR!" Mr. Hammar shouts from his horse, saluting fiercely.
The Mayor keeps his eyes on me. "The men are ready, Todd," he says, his voice teasing. "Are you?"
"Just get on with it."
And his smile gets even wider. He turns to the men. "Two divisions down the western road for the first attack!" His voice snakes thru everyone's head again, like a sound you can't ignore. "Captain Hammar's division at the front, Captain Morgan taking the rear! Captains Tate and O'Hare will round up the rest of the men and armaments yet to arrive and join the fray with the greatest dispatch."
Armaments? I think.
"If the fight isn't already over by the time they join us-" The men laugh at this, a loud, nervous, aggressive kind of laugh.
"Then as a united army, we will drive the Spackle back up that hill and make them regret the day they were EVER BORN!"
And the men give a roaring cheer.
"Sir!" Captain Hammar shouts. "What about the army of the Answer, sir?"
"First we beat the Spackle," says the Mayor, "then the Answer will be child's play."
He looks across his army of men and back up the hill to the Spackle army, still marching down. Then he raises his fist and gives the loudest Noise shout of all, a shout that bores right down into the very center of every man hearing it.
"TO BATTLE!" the army cries back at him and sets off at a fierce pace outta the square, racing toward the zigzag hill. The Mayor looks at me one last time, like he can barely keep from laughing at how much fun he's having. And with- out another word, he spurs Morpeth hard in the sides and they gallop into the square after the departing army.
The army heading off to war.
Follow? Angharrad asks, fear coming off her like sweat.
"He's right," I say. "We can't let him out of our sight. He's got to keep his word. He's got to win his war. He's got to save her."
For her, Angharrad thinks.
For her, I think back, all my feeling about her behind it. And I think her name-
And Angharrad leaps forward into battle.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although this is being promoted as a "teen" book, it appeals to everyone. It is a social commentary on information and how we are dealing with it; how access to information can be a powerful tool and a destructive one if used the wrong way. Honestly - this series should be studied at the university level.
The Spackle, the Answer, and the Mayor's army are all converging on New Prentisstown - and Todd and Viola are stuck in the middle.
Patrick Ness creates the same heart-pounding suspense in this novel as he did in the first two books. Multiple points of view give the reader a full understanding of what is happening.
Be sure to set aside a block of time when you start this book - or the first two, for that matter. Once I started, I didn't want to stop. I was so worried for Viola and Todd throughout the story. I was stressed and cringed as I got further into the story - afraid for what the author had in store for them.
Mr. Ness made me growl in frustration and brought me to tears. MONSTERS OF MEN ended perfectly!
Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
This whole series really makes you think. I mean, these people come to a new planet to start a new life, but they make the same effing (heh) mistakes that they always had on the first planet. The books show just how hard it is, once you've began the cycle of violence, to put an end to it, to find peace again. And yes, these books take place far in the future on a planet with two moons but they are so REAL and so BELIEVABLE.
And the Spackle! Wouldn't it be so like us, even today, to find an alien species and assume we are better, stronger, and take their land like we own it?
SO MUCH THINKING FROM THESE BOOKS.
Also let me just say how great it is that in this future both heterosexual and homosexual relationships are simply accepted, in both humans and aliens. No big deal. Also, how beautiful is the phrase my one in particular?
Sorry for this completely incoherent review. There is just so much to say, and so little effective ways to say it.
Glad I was able to read it all in one go, as it is so fast-paced I cannot imagine ever putting it down. Terrifying, just like the first two. Patrick Ness is such an amazing writer. I want to get my hands on everything he has written, and everything he writes in the future. Though I do doubt that anything will affect me quite like this gem of a trilogy.
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