Book Review: Chaos Walking Trilogy

Recently I read the Chaos Walking book trilogy by Patrick Ness. The books were some of the best I’ve read in a long time!


The brilliant three books, by award winning author Ness, really caught me in a hold and I literally couldn’t put the book down. The enthralling plot is a stroke of genius by Patrick Ness, who’s books I’d never read before. I was thoroughly stuck in the book, and couldn’t take my mind off what was going to happen next.

todd's noise

The books have a twisted, unpredictable plot, and are very thought-provoking as opposed to full of action. That isn’t to say, though, that it isn’t stuffed with excitement. Based on a ‘new world’ with new customs and laws, the main character, Todd, doesn’t understand the truth about his community’s terrible past, and without any clues as to what’s going on, without even the skill to read and write, he is plunged into the biggest manhunt in the history of the New World. As the books unfold the history becomes more and more clear, but is full of twists and turns throughout. When things seem great, the story takes another turn for the worst. It is such an emotion-provoking, thoughtful trilogy and I thoroughly recommend it to teenagers and adults alike!


The first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, is about Todd and his friend, Viola’s trail through war-ridden settlements after war breaks out in Todd’s home of New Prentisstown, and a big army led by Mayor Prentiss comes to chase them. The book is left on a really irritating cliff-hanger, and I was ripping my hair out waiting to buy the next book.


The second book, titled the ask and the answer, gives the story of the Mayor’s dominance of the New World and Todd and Viola’s separation. It’s entwined with sneaky plotting, terrorism and even brainwashing! This is my favourite book of the three, as it is so twisty and turny that it sticks to your mind like glue!

ask and answer

The final book, Monsters of Men, is the final thriller about a three-way war between natives and humans. However, when I say humans, there is more of an inhuman nature to the story. It is such a clever final book and ends with a hugely dramatic twist which turns the whole trilogy upside-down… but I won’t spoil it for you! This is a top class ending to a genius piece of work by the author.


As I said at the start, these are some of my favourite books ever, and I thoroughly recommend you buy the first book in the series… believe me, you’re in for an emotional, enthralling ride!

Other books I’ve read recently:

Mortal Engines, by Phillip Reeve

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

My Swordhand is Singing, by Marcus Segdwick

Rock War, by Robert Muchamore

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