Monsters of Men, by Patrick Ness

In Brief: Last of the Chaos Walking Trilogy, with a tripartite war for control of the planet.

Review: Action packed, with plans going awry and warring ideologies using equally violent means, it carries a warning against the moral danger of following strong willed people versus the necessity of leaders to effect progress – and where do we draw the line when we recognise the necessary things are also terrible: what is an acceptable atrocity? Both heroes and villains do terrible things (including war crimes) and live with the consequences, and the guilt, and still try and be “good” people. They have to choose goodness as an aspiration, not an intellectual luxury.

A grand finale to a compelling epic.




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