An immense read...once you've read 'The knife of letting go' you'll need to read on through 'The Ask and the Answer' to 'Monster of Men'. You might need a certain amount of strength to read on. There are some very big themes in all three books but you feel compelled to read on. The writing is really powerful and excellent. I particularly liked the way you read from the main character's view-different voices re telling the same scene the way they see it. Just all one I couldn't put down as from an earlier post I had to hurriedly get hold of 'The Ask and the Answer' because stupidly I only had the first one in my paws. Lovely Marilyn Brocklehurst obliged and had a copy at the UKLA conference-phew! I cried, it's one of those everything stops around you books.
The quote above says it all really but in case you're undecided (ooh you probably need to be at least 12+ if you're embarking on this trilogy AND if your child is reading it it would be even better to read it too as some of those themes might fuel some discussion...that's no bad thing. A link to an interesting interview with Patrick Ness up above to see what he says about such themes in young adult books....
'Chaos Walking is remarkable, and it's conclusion, Monsters of Men, a triumph. This is an intensely moral, thoughtful work.' The Times
'A dramatic and powerful finale.....The ending is superbly well handled and Ness brings the original series to a close with the high -level tension and ambiguity he has maintained throughout.' Daily Mail
'Gripping, thrilling, hurtling....The most perfect conclusion to any big series I've read....A stunning climax-pulse racing, tear-jerking, mind boggling...' Independent on Sunday