November 11, 2015

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Hello Everyone,
Today I'm reviewing Patrick Ness's "Chaos Walking Trilogy" (aka the best trilogy ever).  The trilogy consists of The Knife of Never Letting Go  (#1), The Ask and the Answer (#2), and Monsters of Men (#3).  This review will be for all three of the books as a whole.

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
-via Goodreads (summary of The Knife of Never Letting Go).
This is my favorite trilogy for many reasons, but I'll only list three:
1. Patrick Ness steers away from a lot of clichés in the series.
 A lot of things in YA fiction have been written fifty million times, and so many books just seem like edited versions of other books.  This trilogy had a lot of new concepts and ideas though, nothing seemed "same old, same old" or boring.
2. Lots of Action!
I like action-packed books.  They are quite honestly my favorite.  I like books with more conversation in them too, but action is definitely my favorite as it satisfies my brain and keeps me interested. 
3. No "Good vs. Evil".
One thing about this series is that there never seems to really be one specific "bad guy".  There are characters who definitely seem like the bad guys at different points in the book, but it's not all "good guys and bad guys", there are no straight lines dividing good and evil.  

My overall opinion: 5/5 stars.
-Precautions -
Language: There is definitely language in this series.  There's not any other way to put it: there is language.  It's not to the point where it's annoying/unpleasant to read (they're not swearing every other syllable), but there is language.
Romance: There isn't a whole lot of romance overall, especially in the first book.  There are a few instances where certain things are mentioned, but it's all pretty subtle.
Violence: There is violence.  And  lots of it.  
Age rating: PG-13

You probably shouldn't read this series...
-If you dislike violence (or action in general).
-If you dislike strong language.
-If you are under the age of 12. (I would still encourage 13-14 year olds to use caution, it all depends on what you like and what you can handle.  

Overall, it's a great Young Adult trilogy, and you should read it! 

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