Chaos Walking – Trilogy Review

As series reviews go there’s always going to be slight spoilers in the second and third reviews, just like reading their synopsis will give away who’s still alive and what not, so if you want to go in completely blind do not read 🙂 

The Knife of Never Letting Go

I changed my rating so many times on this book from a 4 to a 5 to a 4. This would have been a 5 for me AND the only reason I knocked off a star is because of a certain pointless thing that happened at the end.

Now the story. Goddamn I was scared to start this book. Patrick Ness has either made me sob with just pure amazement at his writing or made me want to though the book and never read anything by him again because it was boring me to bits. He’s just such a hit or miss author for me I put this off for way to long even though the premise is everything I love.

  • A dystopian world humans have started settling on because they ruined their world
  • A world were all the mens thoughts can be heard!
  • And the Woman were killed by what ever made mens thoughts be heard
  • what happened to them
  • Who’s this new girl
  • Why is the town so weird
  • Why are Todds fathers kicking him out
  • What happens with Todd becomes a man
  • … Read and find out I guess

The writing! SO AMAZING. One of the best stories I’ve ever read, some of the most compelling lines, page turning events after event and just man the writing flows like nothing I’ve read before. I read this 500+ page book in 3 days without even trying. Todd is illiterate and has an accent so some words are spelt the way they sound like Attenshun and a few others. It really added to Todds character and the reading experience.

“Life ain’t fair.
It ain’t.
Not never.”

I highly recommend this series although I’m sure nearly everyone’s read it and I am LATE but a fresh take on dystopian that is freighting and hopeful. With resilient characters who break and break but manage to patch themselves and each other back up time and time again.


Book 2: The Ask and the Answer

The Ask and the Answer… wow this series it’s so well done. Well paced. A fantastic main character with real feelings and real reactions, and genuine side characters that you feel for.
Also one of the best villains I’ve read in ages.

This series is starting to remind a little of how I felt reading Red Rising. It’s just fresh and new and I’m so caught up in the writing I don’t have time to guess what’ll happen next.

All I have to say about this second book is it was dark dark dark. I’m talking they are branding people like cattle dark and forcing them to work in camps, it’s very world war II scary and sad and just horrible. There’s torture and lies, bombs, and enemies everywhere.

The thought control has gotten that much more interesting, the mayor or president as he now is the evilest thing I’ve seen in a while and he’s all disgustingly human, just a vile war wanting, harm causing, sadistic man.

I really enjoyed all the war tactics, the bombs, the who’s killing who, the confused blame, the extreme measures used on both sides.

Viola is my favourite baddass and I will love her forever, she has some of my favourite lines and her relationship with Todd is so special. THEY BETTER DO RIGHT BY HER IN THE MOVIES

“But what he’s forgetting,” she says.
“What he’s forgetting is that me and Todd, we ran halfway across this planet together, by ourselves. We beat his craziest preacher. We outran an entire army and survived being shot and beaten and chased and we bloody well stayed alive this whole time without being blown up or tortured to death or dying in battle or anything.”
She takes her hand of Lee so she’s balancing just against me.
“Me and Todd? Together against the Mayor?” She smiles. “He doesn’t stand a chance.” 

The only thing I disliked is I felt it did drag a little in the beginning but in saying that I still flew through all the pages, it was just missing a little oomf at the start.



Monsters of Men

This third book. wow.

I’m just going to say it, one of my favourite trilogies I’ve read in ages. I can’t remember the last trilogy I binged like this.
I was reading 600 page books in 2-3 days and couldn’t get enough. Yes some of the things that happen are very over done these days (this did come out 10 YEARS ago though so they probs weren’t over done back then) BUT BUT because I was so caught up in these characters and in everything happening right now I didn’t even think about calling any twists or where the story was going.

I binge read the last 400 pages on Friday night. I was tired but couldn’t sleep until this story was resolved and it hit me like a brick. Ness’s writing is just amazing and it made me so emotional. I’m so invested in these stories and man he broke me again and again. Genius evil author, you hurt me so.

I’m saying nothing plot wise because it’s just one giant war you need to read for yourself. Viola is still my favourite, Todd I love but also want to punch, everyone else is just… oh man.

“It’s not how we fall. It’s how we get back up again.” 

TW: For animal death in this whole trilogy

Overall this trilogy is one of my favorite dystopian sci fi’s I’ve ever read and the physical as well as the audios are amazing I do recommend both formats.


This trilogy was the wildest of rides and I highly recommend trying it out even if you struggles with Ness’s other books. This is just different and unique and the world is so intriguing and I want to know more.

I’m excited this is becoming a movie!

Have you read this trilogy? What did you think? Is it on your TBR? HOW PRETTY ARE THE NEW EDITIONS! I’m kinda glad I’m 10 years late so I can have these beauties

Thank you so much to Walker books for sending me these editions in exchanged for an honest review. 

9 thoughts on “Chaos Walking – Trilogy Review

  1. I read this ~2 years ago and I loved it!!! Patrick Ness is such a brilliant author, and now that they’re turning this into movies I’ll have to read it again!

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  2. I read your thoughts on book 1 and skipped the rest cos I haven’t read this trilogy yet. XD GAAAH I WANT TOOOO. I started book 1 ages ago but put it down cos like you said, words aren’t spelled correctly but phonetically instead. I don’t know if I could read that, it keeps making me realise I’m reading & pushing me out of the story. Maybe the audios are the way to go!! I AM SO GLAD YOU LOVED IT and fear not, you’re not late, *I* am late.

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    1. Go for the audios, the accent is perfect and you wont have to pay attenshun to the misspelled words xD Also the way they do the “noise” is creepy and really gives you sympathy for what it would be like hearing everyones thoughts all the time.

      I listened to the first audio through my library but have the second one on my audible 🙂

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  3. I am sooo relieved after reading this review. This trilogy has been sitting on my shelf for eons!! I’m definitely going to pick it up asap! Loved your review!
    Also, the black editions are sooooo beautiful! I have the white ones! ❤


    1. I have book one in white and it’s pretty too but the black ones just stand out so nicely 😍 yes I hope you enjoy it! I was so worried to start to and nearly didn’t but I’m so glad I decided to give it a go coz it’s one of the best trilogies I’ve read in a while. Hope you love them!

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