Chaos Walking Trilogy & Novella Book Reviews

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! That was a very dark, unexpected journey and well worth my time.

View all my reviews The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)The New World by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nice bit of additional back story on Viola.

View all my reviews The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stressful but good. Hard to put down. Love the character development and growth.

View all my reviews The Wide, Wide Sea (Chaos Walking, #2.5)The Wide, Wide Sea by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I felt just a bit unsettled and confused at first, since I read it right after book 2. It dumped me into the lives of characters I didn’t know at a dramatic moment, which shocked me. However, it ended up being a great novella, and I loved getting more of that backstory on characters and the world.

View all my reviews Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic ending to an incredible trilogy! The way this novel shifts to new POVs to create story tension and show us what is happening with all three camps of adversaries is incredible.

This is basically a novel of war, war strategies, and issues that accompany war, which astounds me personally, as I struggle to write a few scenes of war, let alone a whole novel centered on all the different aspects of it. There are no fast and easy fixes in this novel, just like there usually are no fast and easy fixes in life, especially when it comes to the big issues.

The competing motivations kept me on the edge of my seat, and I really enjoyed watching characters change, grow, and overcome hardship (or not, as the case might be with some). There were so many characters that I fell in love with and others that I equally mistrusted or despised.

When an author writes a novel about humanity and starts the trilogy by making you fall in love with a dog and ends it by making you fall in love with a horse, and you’re not even the kind of person who likes animal books, then he’s really done something right, something amazing.

This trilogy is gorgeous and incredible. It should be read by all writers, regardless of their interests in this particular subject matter. Even if they end up hating these novels (which they better not!), there’s a lot that can be learned and absorbed from the voice, style, sentence construction, world building, character development, and plots of these novels. If this isn’t the category or genre you gravitate towards, who cares? Read it anyway, because like or hate it, authors who are willing to throw away the rules to tell a story the way it needs or wants to be told are the best kind. And we can all learn from those stories.

View all my reviews Snowscape (Chaos Walking, #3.5)Snowscape by Patrick Ness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novella follows two of my favorite side characters: Lee and Wilf. It provides a whole new look at the rest of New World and the different ways spackle live in different regions, which is very interesting. There was a lot of world building in the trilogy, but it obviously focused on the part of the world where the story occurred, and this takes us exploring to the edges and extremes of New World. While it does provide new background information, there’s still a real story/plot here that is both horrifying and fascinating.

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