As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.
Monsters of Men isn’t that bad. There are a lot of excitements in it, so reading this book was really refreshing after the second volume.
The Story (Spoiler Degrees: 1)
The story continues exactly after the ending of the previous volume. There are many battles and bloodsheds in Monsters of Men. The plot is exciting and full of twists. I really liked it.
In this volume there are three main viewpoints: Todd’s, Viola’s and a Spackle’s whose name is 1017. I like the latter the most. I find him very interesting and special.It’s good to hear the events from his viewpoint. First his manner of speech was a little bit weird, but then I get accustomed to it. The names what the Spackles use for themselves, the people and individual persons are strange, but actually I like it.
The broil continues between Prentiss and Coyle, but they can’t easily influence Todd and Viola yet. I hate that they rather rough each other up than accept the thought of peace.
The ending of the story… well… what can I say. It’s not a big deal. Actually Ness gave me the jitters, and I wanted to throw the book to the corner when… you’ll see, why…
The Characters (Spoiler Degrees: 2)
At one third of the book I realized why I didn’t like the second volume: I couldn’t like anyone in it.
I fundamentally don’t like the two main characters, and The Ask and the Answer is about them only. Fortunately, in Monsters of Men I have a new favorite: 1017. 🙂 Okay, I know he already appeared in the second book, but you can really know him only in this volume.
Todd and Viola aren’t irritating so much in this book. I think they started to grow up. Hallelujah!
There are two new characters: Simonne and Bradly. I don’t know what to feel or think about them. The author couldn’t ingratiate the characters with me.
I’m sooooo happy because of Source. I’m glad that he’s alive. I’d wanted to clap, and cheer, and jump when he appeared.
All in all, I don’t regret reading this series, but I don’t think I will reread it ever. It’s not a bad series; just it hasn’t reached the appropriate effect on me.
First I didn’t like it. It is the worst of all the covers of the three books. But after I finished the book, I think it fits the story. This sequel is full of fire exactly as the cover implies it.
The Story: 4/5
The Characters: 3.5/5