Chaos Walking Trilogy Review

Here are my reviews of all three books in the Chaos Walking trilogy. Who’s excited for a certain movie? ME! And probably you as well but definitely ME!

 The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

 The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

Publication date: May 5th 2008

Publisher: Walker

Number of pages: 478

Series: Chaos Walking (1#)

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest review.

Date finished reading: 20th November 2013


Goodread synopsis:

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?



Wow I was not expecting such an…intense read. I liked it and after completing the trilogy can say that it’s probably my second favourite book in the series.

It was really unique which is always a bonus. Sometimes with really popular dystopian books it’s not unique anymore when you read it but I haven’t read any or even come across any really similar books.

Upon finishing I was definitely really curious to see how the rest of the trilogy would pan out, even if I did seriously consider stopping due to a certain event in the book. But I’m glad I finished the trilogy – especially since a certain movie is coming out next year.

4/5 stars!

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  The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)

Publication date: May 4th 2009

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.

Number of pages: 536

Series: Chaos Walking (2#)

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

Date finished reading: 24th November 2013


Goodreads synopsis:

We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

“The Ask and the Answer” is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.



After finishing the trilogy, I can honestly say that this was my favourite book. I loved it. It was even more intense and confusing than the last one, due to the Noise factor and who to trust…it was just really good. Where it took me a while to read the other two, I’m pretty sure it took me two days to read this one.

There also seems to be a really sad scene in each book. Typically after I end up really getting to know the character.

I think I just liked the story more in general.

5/5 stars!

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  Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)

Publication date: May 3rd 2010

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd.

Number of pages: 603

Series: Chaos Walking (3#)

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

Date finished reading: 8th December 2013


Goodreads synopsis:

As a world-ending war surges to life 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.



Has anyone else noticed that each book is LONGER and LONGER? Not a bad thing but I was kind of surprised because the paperback does not look 600 and something pages.

Some people are gonna heavily disagree with me on this but this was by far least favourite book in the trilogy. Sure I liked it but it was a bit long for me and I got a little bored halfway through.

It’s still an amazing world and story that Patrick Ness created, so don’t let me put you off starting this trilogy because it is a really good trilogy. I mainly wasn’t a fan of this book compared to the rest of the trilogy because I thought the ending was inconclusive.

Oh well, I really like this trilogy – it’s a must read for fans of the dystopian genre.

3.5/5 stars!

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  About Patrick Ness:

From Goodreads –

Patrick NessPatrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.


2 thoughts on “Chaos Walking Trilogy Review

  1. jenspenden says:

    I’ll have to add this series to my TBR list! Thanks!

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