Posts Tagged ‘Chaos Walking’

Top Ten Series (Weishi)

I’ve seen a lot of tags like this (mainly on youtube) and it looked fun.

Disclaimer: I have not read every series in existence, so this list is literally my favourite series of this exact moment. It is very subject to change in the future. But it’s late and I feel like procrastinating so this is going to happen.

A few ground rules before we go onwards:
1. No Harry Potter, because that’s too easy.
2. I must have read multiple books from the series for it to appear on this list. So stuff like Ender’s Game or The 5th Wave where I can’t be bothered to read the sequels/they haven’t been released yet aren’t going to be here.
3. Only ten can appear – no more; no less.

This is sort of in order, though in reality it varies greatly depending on my feelings on individual books/series not being finished/genres that are hard to compare.

1. Chaos Walking – Patrick Ness
Also known as my favourite dystopian/science-fiction series ever. Possibly my favourite series ever (if you don’t count the serious nostalgic appeal of the HP series) and I can’t thank Yanni enough for shoving it into my hands.

2. Anna – Kendare Blake
Best Paranormal/Horror Romance that I have ever read. Mainly because the humour was perfect and the characters were fun and likeable and believable and Cas Lowood. Seriously, just read it for Cas. You will not be disappointed.

3. Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy
Favourite Middle-Grade series that I ironically read once I was no longer middle-grade. And honestly, I’m thankful that I did, because my gore tolerance is not high and there is some throat-slitting/eye-gouging/body-slicing that goes on. Well, I suppose it is 11+. And yes, I do love PJO, but it’s the darkness and humour and overall characterisation that pushes SP to another level for me (not to mention the seriously brillant planning in the plot. A++).

4. Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater
The writing and the characters and the dialogue and the world and just everything. Most realistic fantasy series that I can think of, and the only one where I am utterly convinced that it should be shelved as contemporary, not paranormal, because it is so believable.

5. Legend – Marie Lu
You will fall in love with the characters, and then Lu will tear your heart out. Repeatedly. And just when the first book can’t get worse, there’s the second. And when you think you’ve finally been through your utmost capacity of pain, Champion piles you in feels. I honestly recommend this book to anyone I know who likes dystopians or action or interesting worlds.

6. Unwind – Neal Shusterman
Which not only has a great use of third-person present that I’ve never seen done so well, but is interesting and full of very relevant questions and also likes to stomp on your heart.
And I haven’t read Unsouled. I’m sorry! I’ve been busy! I will, I promise, just let me get through House of Hades and Allegiant and all those other books that have been staring at me for months.

7. Skinjacker – Neal Shusterman
I wanted to not include the same author twice on this list, but I couldn’t. I wouldn’t know which series to bump down because I absolutely love both. Everlost and all its sequels are just so clever. Shusterman explores every single aspect of his world and asks the right questions to keep you thinking.

8. Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan
This is only referring to the first five books of the original series, and not the spin-offs. While I do like Heroes of Olympus, I haven’t exactly made my mind up yet on particular aspects, whereas I have some serious love for the Olympians arc. Percy and all his humour was what really made the series for me.

9. Underdogs – Markus Zusak
This one is a weird place for me, because the books vary a lot. While all are brilliant (as to be expected from one of my favourite authors), the first and third are weaker than the completely spectacular and heart-breaking middle book. However, I also know that Fighting Ruben Wolfe would not be as strong if it was not bookended by great character development and relationship arcs from the other two books.
In summary, this order idea isn’t really working out but I’m sticking to my choices because we’re nearly finished anyway.

10. Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld
The fact that this had illustrations (and absolutely gorgeous ones) bumped up my entire rating of this series. I love the steampunk setting and the world, and Deryn and Alek are awesome and endearing characters.

Do I have honourable mentions?
Nah, I don’t think so.
A lot of series I could put on here but 1. Haven’t read the second book or 2. the ending sucked. Endings are important, and if a series has a promising start but then goes swiftly downhill, I can’t do it. I can’t include it. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth no matter how good the first few books were. I won’t name any names here, but I’m sure you guys have a few (almost certainly accurate) guesses.

Quotes

Since lately we have been getting more and more busy there has been less time to read (the horror) and less time to post 😦
So we are starting this awesome-ish-hopefully-awesome new section with just a whole load of quotes which when we read we fall in love with, cry, hug, makes our tummy rumble, melt, feel rage bubble up inside us, etc…
So for the first of this section we have none other than the most awesome-est book (fact not opinion) in the world: The Knife of Never Letting Go:

“Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking”

“We are the choices we make”

“I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking.”
I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening. “I think the asking is whether we get back up again”

 

The New World- Patrick Ness

The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)Because this is a short story this is going to be a short review! (I feel like such a rebel, starting a sentence with because! :D). This book is the short story prequel to the chaos walking series, by Patrick Ness (which if you haven’t read my review for those books THEY ARE AMAZING!!!! THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!)
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THOSE BOOKS READ THEM NOW!!! STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THE SERIES!!!
OK. My rant is over! Actually… maybe not quite… I will probably ramble a bit over this review! To be completely honest, I’m really not sure how I’m going to write this review… so again, I’ll probably ramble… I think I’m rambling now…
Anyway, as I said, this book is the prequel to the Knife of Never Letting Go and that series, it is a really short story, and I think, it can be found on Patrick Ness’ website!- I’ll put in a link at the end of this review! I personally would recommend you to read this book after reading the Knife of Never Letting Go, as after you have read that book, you kinda get a bond with the characters, so the book just seems so much better, and so much more heart- wrenching… 😦

Summary
This short story is about Viola, in the scout ship and the settler ship… It basically tells her story from her departure from the settler ship to when she crashlands! (This is probably why you need to read the Knife of Never Letting Go first, otherwise you will have no idea who these people are…). It focuses on her and her parents and also a little on her settler life; including Bradley!!! (HE IS AWESOME!!!). And as you know… the scout ship crashes… so her parents die 😦 and it is just so sad!!!, because of the way Viola treated them, just before they died… But anyway, I’ll let you find the rest out for yourselves!

Favourite Quotes!

  • “‘Fire,’ he said. ‘The ability to make fire at will. It allowed us light to see in the darkness, warmth against the cold, a tool to cook our food.’ He gestured vaguely in the direction of the Delta’s engines. ‘Fire is what eventually led to travel across the black beyond, the ability to
    start a new life on a New World.’”
  • “Hope. That’s all anyone ever talked about on the convoy, especially as we got closer. Hope, hope, hope.”
  • “‘I’ll take it,’ I say. ‘I’ll take your hope. I’ve got it, okay? Mum?’
    But I don’t know if she hears me-
    Because her hand isn’t gripping back any more.”
  • “Start it to give a light against the darkness”
  • “And so I sit in front of Bradley’s fire, on the surface of a dark, dark planet, and I have their hope, if not any of mine.Except the hope that it’ll be enough.”
Overall
What can I say? Only to read this book and this series; because IT IS AMAZING!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!! AMAZING!!! If you still need to ask; 5 shuriken stars! I would however, recommend you to read this short story after you have read the Knife of Never Letting Go, as it may not make too much sense otherwise… but it doesn’t matter too much whether you read this book after or before the other books in the series! You just need to read this book sometime in your life; or YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE! 😀

The New World: PDF file:
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/usr/library/documents/short-stories/the_new_world.pdf

Monsters of Men- Patrick Ness

Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking, #3)WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS
After reading this book I was shocked and speechless. I kept turning over the page thinking “THE BOOK CAN’T EFFING END HERE” ;). I was literally in hysterics trying to see if there were any hidden pages or if there was invisible ink.

Monsters of Men is the third and last book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, written by Patrick Ness (who is awesometacular for writing this series and making it such a thought provoking and AMAZING book).

The previous two books are The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer. There is also a prequel called The New World. After reading those two books I was seriously worried that the third book might be a let down, as the third book in a series can sometimes be not as good as the previous books, but no! IT WAS STAGGERING.

Summary
The book starts where the Ask and the Answer finished; with three armies fighting each other to the DEATH!!! (but also not quite). Todd and Viola are both caught up in the middle… with almost no chance to escape ;(. The book involves Todd and Viola trying their hardest to end the war, but “War makes monsters of men”…

Cons
It took me awhile to think up of these cons because at first I just couldn’t believe that the book had any cons… but anyway here they are!

So many characters die
I just thought it was sad that so many die, even if they only get one mention, then “poof” they vanish and we never hear of them again. But I don’t know if this would be a con… it’s a hard one to think about… because it also makes the book exciting and it gives it a fast pace so you never get bored.

We never hear the rest of Todd’s mum’s book
I was just waiting for so long to hear the book, but it never came… I just wish I knew the real truth, which I think Todd’s mum would offer, about how all the women were killed.

Pros

The twists were unexpected and original, and also so sad, :(, especially the one at the very end… it was going to be a “and they all live happily ever after” but then PATRICK NESS JUST HAD TO GIVE THE BOOK A TWIST…. But even so, I actually really liked the ending. I have never read a book which has an ending like that and it would have been a shame if the book ended without a really big twist. The book has something for everyone; there was action, some romance, and it explores almost every aspect of human nature.

The three different perspectives
It really made me feel for the characters and I get to understand them better. I loved the view points of Todd and Viola and I thought it was so sweet how much they loved each other. I know it sounds quite gooey and a book about love but it really isn’t. The other perspective was spackle 1017. When I first read this book through I actually skipped some of his pages… I know… it sounds bad, but I just couldn’t wait to read the perspectives of Viola and Todd, because they had the main part of the action. However, after reading through the book the first time, I read it again and this time I actually read the spackle perspective! (I know! I’m so proud of myself). Reading the spackle perspective for the first time, I actually regretted not reading them the first time, as I found out some things that I didn’t understand the first time round. The spackle was actually an astounding character; the first time I read it I hated him… (because of what he did at the end), but reading it through the second time, I found I began to like him. He was such a well rounded character, in some ways he was just like Todd; how he couldn’t kill, and when he did he regretted it so much after. Also for those of you that have read this book, did you notice that he was gay? Because Todd always referred to him as a guy and his one in particular was a he? But that just makes the book even more awesome as it has even more diversity!

The Characters
I love how all of the characters are so complex and I love how Patrick Ness makes you grow attached to them. I love how each time something bad happens I felt as if it was happening inside me. It was so sweet how Todd and Viola cared for each other and how they relied on each other and how they were each the others biggest strength. Another character I really liked was the Mayor. For those of you out there who have read the book must think I’m crazy, but towards the end he started caring for Todd as if he really was his father, but I guess that still doesn’t excuse what he did at the end of The Ask and The Answer ;(.

The Start and the End of the book
(note. SPOILER ALERT)
I thought that it was really good how the start of the book swept the reader straight into the war and the action. The end… although it was sad it was a good end, it gave the reader a final twist and you could see how it affected all of the other characters; I thought that it was so cute how Viola just kept on reading to Todd, and how she kept clinging onto hope, when in The New World she was just so sick of it.

Favourite Quotes:
It’s so hard to choose… I love the whole book so much… if I could I would just type out the whole book; I know… I’m really obsessed (but hopefully in a good way as this is an INCREDIBLE BOOK). Hm… if I had to choose a collection of favourite quotes it would have to be:

  • “And you,” he says, “you need to talk to your boy.” He lifts my chin. “And if he needs saving, then you save him. Isn’t that what you told me you did for each other?”
    I let go a few more tears but then I nod. “Over and over again.”
  • “You’re never more alive than in battle.”
    “Never more dead after,” I say.”
  • “A monster, I think, remembering what Ben told me once. War makes Monsters of Men.”
  • “No,” I say firmly. “If you ever doubt anything here, if you ever not know what to think or who to trust, you trust Todd, okay? You remember that.”

Overall
I would say that this is an infinity star book, but as we don’t have the number infinity on the rating system… I will just have to settle for 5 stars. I can’t remember if I have mentioned this before but THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. At times it made me almost cry (I don’t cry easily, but if I did I’m sure that there would be streams, no WATERFALLS of tears flowing down) and at times it made me laugh. However, this book is not for the faint- hearted, because it explores of cruel humans can be and you grow so attached to the characters that if (or when) they die it feels as if a piece of you has been torn out. Even so I urge all of you readers out there who haven’t read this book to read it and if you have, then just read it again! 😀 This is truly an amazing book, I really cannot express how mind-blowing this book in words; you’ll just have to trust me and read it.

The Ask and The Answer- Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)WARNING! THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM THE PREVIOUS BOOKS.

After I read the first book in this series I just couldn’t wait for the sequel to come out (I read this book ages ago). Now I have (obviously) read the book and IT IS AMAZING! This book is the second of a trilogy called Chaos Walking, by the amazing author, Patrick Ness. You can find the other reviews for the first and third book, as well as the prequel, all on this blog.

SPOILER ALERT!

Viola lives. Sorry I had to say that, but there was no way I could write this review without telling you that. There was so much action and I love how Patrick Ness made us feel so emotionally attached to Todd and Viola. When they were sad, I was sad. When they were happy, I was happy. Yeah, I know, it probably sounds strange.

Anyway… enough of me ranting about how good this book is…

Summary
Basically, the book starts right where the last book ends – with Todd and a dying Viola in the Mayor’s evil clutches. They are immediately separated and then forced to survive and live in New Prentisstown (formally known as Haven). They are both locked up because THE MAYOR IS PURE EVIL and they eventually adopt to the ways of living in New Prentisstown. But anyway… the main part focuses on a group of people called the Answer (hint the title!) and well… I don’t think I’m spoiling anything here; they start dropping BOMBS!! dum dum dum!!! I won’t say any more… just in case I say something that may spoil the book… 😀

Cons
None.

Pros

The twists were so unexpected because Patrick Ness killed off so many people. 😥 And he killed them off right when I began to like them. Sometimes I felt like screaming aloud and shouting at Patrick Ness “WHY? WHY DID YOU KILL HIM/HER?”. But I guess killing off the characters just makes the book better and more enjoyable. Actually, maybe thoughtful or heart-wrenching would be better descriptions, as the book emotionally wrecked me. The characters developed from the start to the end, and it was so sweet and so interesting watching them grow as people. Just to say to you readers out there about this book: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! I’ve always wanted to say that. 😛

Two Viewpoints
I loved how this time we also got to see Viola’s viewpoint, because we don’t know her that well through the first book, like her thoughts, views, etc. I felt that this time we got to know her better, so to me, she seemed more real. And well, Todd’s viewpoint, well Todd is just Todd, he’s just sooo cool!!! This time, we still saw how much he developed, I really liked how his friendship with Davy grew and how he was always thinking about Viola- even though he only knew her for a little while! He is just AMAZING!

Characters
THEY WERE ALL REALLY LIKEABLE! (sans the Mayor) Todd and Viola were MIND-BOGGLING (Is that a word? Who cares, it sounds cool! :D). Wilf was so funny! Davy… Well, really hated him in the first book – I thought he was as bad as the Mayor, but in this book I began to like him. He started turning really nice and he was a good friend to Todd. I would say more, but it would be a spoiler that I think I probably shouldn’t spoil. 😀 Also I think I should probably mention Lee. He was sweet and I liked him, but sometimes I felt for screaming at him for almost getting in the way of Todd and Viola. I think it’s good though that Patrick Ness didn’t make it so that the love triangle between Todd, Viola and Lee took over the whole book. I should also briefly mention the Spackle. They were so cool. Especially 1017, but at times, I really didn’t like him. I respect the Mayor, but he is an EVIL, EVIL man, and some of the stuff that he did was unimaginable. Another person that I respected but I didn’t like was Mistress Coyle. She was too stubborn. And at the end! The end!

Quotes

  • “They treat me as if I’m a little dangerous.
    I’m slightly surprised to find I kind of like it”
  • “It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.
    It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.
    It’s not a weakness.
    It’s your best strength.”
  • “How do you know yer alive if you don’t hurt?”
  • “Yer the only friend I got, pigpiss… Ain’t that the biggest tragedy you ever heard?”
  • VIOLA
  • “We can save the world,” I say, trying to smile. “You and me.”

Overall
I absolutely loved this book. 5 shuriken stars, easily!

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

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

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

THERE IS NOTHING ON THIS EARTH QUITE LIKE IT. IT HAS LEFT ME STUNNED AND SPEECHLESS.

DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ, OR EVER WILL READ.

I found this book in the bookshop one day and I thought it looked interesting. As you can tell from the stuff above, I enjoyed it. A lot.

This book is by the awesome author, Patrick Ness. It is also the first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, of which the second and third have also been reviewed, as well as the companion novella. This book, to quote from the Sunday Telegraph was “Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating and heartbreaking”. I agree with that, whole-heartedly.

 

Summary
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I am so tempted just write that for the summary, however, because I am a nice person, I will tell you some other aspects, so you can be sure that you will love this series.

This book is set in the future, when global warming has killed the earth (I think…), so people fly out to another planet and start their lives there. However, there is this illness called the “Noise germ” which projects all of your thoughts, so everybody can hear them. This book is narrated by a boy called Todd, who is the son of one of the settlers. He lives in a town called Prentisstown, which is town with only men in it. The book is basically about Todd who is on the run, because the town has been lying to him about some pretty big stuff. He runs away with his dog and “the hole in the noise” from the Prentisstown army and this CRAZY, LUNATIC PSYCHOPATHIC GUY CALLED AARON.

Cons
I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THERE ARE ANY CONS.

Pros
I LOVE THE CHARACTERS
The characters are amazing. Everything in this book is amazing. I don’t know how you could describe them. Todd and Viola just have this connection between them, I don’t know how to explain it. If I ever go to a weird planet where everything talks in its mind then I want to be like them. We see their characters develop throughout the book and there are some scenes with just the two of them that are incredibly heart-wrenching and sweet, though not overly romantic (seriously, I don’t do romantic books).

(This is Weishi trying to explain how she thinks the characters develop, but Yanni can just delete this if she wants to. Weishi apologises for bursting in on Yanni’s review without permission. Weishi is the other person who writes on this blog, if you don’t already know. She says “hi”, gives you a free hug, and wishes to stop talking in third person.) Todd has an innocence and naivety about him that slowly get eroded away by the hard situations that he has to deal with. He becomes colder, angrier and more desperate, until his only beacon of hope becomes Viola. Viola starts out as nervous and afraid, but brave. Her struggles result to her becoming more jaded and determined, but also more open towards the people she trusts.

Manchee
He is, undoubtedly, my favourite character in this book, perhaps in any book ever.  He is so awesome and loyal that I think he deserves his own little paragraph (there is no greater honour!). Patrick Ness writes him in a way that almost seems real – as in if I had a dog I could actually imagine it running around yelling in its mind “POO”.

Plot
I LOVED THE PLOT. IT WAS SO FAST PACED AND JUST AMAZING! I won’t say any more in case I accidentally spoil something!

The Beginning and the End
The beginning got me hooked straight away: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”.

So many questions were racing through my head: “How the hell can a dog talk?”, “Who are these people?” and “Why does the narrator talk funny?”. But rest assured all of these questions have now been answered, and now I’m in a state of peace! 😀 Actually,no, that’s not true because of the ENDING of this book. An amazing cliffhanger.

Quotes (I had so many quotes that I had to cut down)

  •  “When luck ain’t with you it’s against you”
  • “He’s a woman.
    He’s a grown woman.
    He’s a old woman.”
  • “you can eff off, too,” I say, except I don’t say eff, I say what ‘eff’ stands for”
  • “You starting to feel hope yet?” Viola asks, her voice curious.
    “No,” I say, fuddling my noise. “You?”
    Her eyebrows are up but she shakes her head. “No, No.”
    “But we’re going anyway.”
    “Oh, yeah,” Viola says. “Hell or high water.”
    “It’ll probably be both,” I say.”
  • “I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”
  • “Poo. Poo, Todd.”

Overall
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I URGE ALL OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T READ THIS TO READ IT.

YOUR LIFE WILL NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT IT.

This book is my favourite book out of all the books that I have ever read. I can’t imagine one being better, and I have quite a big imagination. Although I enjoyed this book, I can understand that not everybody will like it. Some people may be bothered by the grammar, or the writing style, but personally, I think that it is amazing. Without a doubt, 5 shuriken stars!

Hi!

Welcome to the first ever post on this blog. That’s right, you may be witnessing history right now, and you didn’t even realise it.

So nice to meet you.

This blog will revolve around books. Definitely. Probably. Maybe.

It’s still a work in progress, so we’re not really sure yet, but hopefully it will be awesome. We will review books, and maybe freak out every so often when a new title is released or movie adaptation has been announced.

Now, If you’re wondering, “Sure, that sounds cool, but do they have the same book taste as me…” Then here’s what you need to know. These are books we consider as awesome (note that this was AGES ago, and for a more updated list, go to Top Tens!)

  • Chaos Walking series – Patrick Ness
  • The Maze Runner series – James Dashner
  • Rot and Ruin series – Jonathan Maberry
  • Unwind, Skinjacker trilogy and Bruiser – Neal Shusterman
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians (and Heroes of Olympus) – Rick Riordan
  • Gone series – Michael Grant
  • Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

So leave if you want. If you hate every single book up there and cannot stand reading about how amazing they are, you can go. If the idea of reading about books bores the hell out of you, then just click out. Shut down your computer if you want, and go make a BLT with extra bacon. But if one of those sparked your interest, stay. If you want to read about people talking about books, then stay. Click that little button that says follow, and we’ll keep you posted.

And keep smiling 😀