Before you read Monsters of Men, you must read The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, the first two books in the trilogy. In each book, Patrick Ness leaves the reader hanging--his cliffhangers leave you white-knuckled, wondering, wanting the next book.
Well, now all readers will be able to read the trilogy one after the other--and it will be a fabulous experience. The books are not light reading--they cover diverse and weighty topics from civil war to genocide -- and even some romance.
The main characters, Viola and Todd, are adolescents who will be called upon to save their planet from destruction. Young adults as well as adults will sympathize intensely with Viola and Todd as they are forced to make frustrating and difficult decisions.
The books are told alternately from Viola and Todd's first person narrative. The third books adds the voice of another, a Spackle (the indigenous race on this planet), whose life has been inextricably tied to Todd's.
Monsters of Men pushes the themes to the edge--loyalty, redemption, power, innocence and love--and it's the power of love that proves most potent.
From the publisher: In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world. 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.
Each book in the series has won numerous awards--and deservedly so. The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children's Book Award are just a few. Let's cross our fingers and hope that Ness is working on ideas for his next series.