A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Every night since his mum started treatment for cancer, Connor O’Malley has suffered from the same nightmare. One night, it’s different. At exactly 12:07, the Monster, formed from a yew tree, goes walking. In return for telling 3 tales Connor must tell him something he has told no one – the truth.

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Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

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Monsters of Men is the final instalment in the Chaos Walking series. After fighting the army of The Answer, the Mayor has another enemy to worry about — the native species, known as the Spackle. Meanwhile, Todd is doing everything he can to make sure Viola, his best friend, is safe. When the Mayor begins to struggle fighting the Spackle forces, he must make some difficult decisions to ensure the safety of the people of New Prentisstown.

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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The Ask and the Answer follows straight on from The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the trilogy. Todd and Viola have just arrived at Haven to find that the Mayor of Prentisstown has taken over and given himself the title of President Prentiss. Todd is made to work for the enemy, the President, but when bombs begin to explode around the city, he is forced to choose sides…

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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It’s never quiet in Prentisstown – the 146 men and one boy, Todd, who live there can constantly hear each other thoughts in what’s known as the Noise, a germ that has affected everyone in the town and supposedly killed all the women. One day, with only a month to go until he becomes a man, he finds a place where it is completely silent, which is unheard of in Prentisstown. He soon finds out that the men of Prentisstown aren’t telling him the truth when it comes to the past of the town…

Just like the other Patrick Ness books that I’ve read, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here, I really liked the concept. It makes you think about what it would be like if you could hear the thoughts of the people around you constantly and whether you would try to hide your thoughts from others.

I really liked the characters – especially Todd and his dog, Manchee. Animals are also affected by the Noise, so Todd can communicate with Manchee. They had such a strong bond which was tested to the limits as the story progressed. I am currently reading The Ask and the Answer, the next book in the trilogy. I’m enjoying it and I hope to post the review next week.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Mikey is just your average teenager – he hangs out with his friends every weekend and hopes that he has the courage to ask a girl to the prom at the end of the year . He and his friends have never been the ones to fight the zombies and the soul-eating ghosts – that’s up to a group of people called the “Indie Kids”. Mikey soon finds out that even if you are not the “Chosen One” you should still try to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

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More Than This by Patrick Ness

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The boy is drowning. He’s fighting for his life, using every last bit of energy to keep his head above water. An incoming wave shoves him against a rock and in an instant, he’s dead.

Shortly after his death the boy wakes up. Thirsty, hungry and tired, but alive. As he discovers this desolate place that holds so many bad memories he starts to understand why he’s here and if this really is the end…

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