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Monsters of Men – Patrick Ness

Posted by Laura on October 12, 2010

Monsters of Men is the final book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy.  I think of this as one of those series that runs at a gallop because the action of all the books takes place in a matter of months.  I highly recommend this series to people who like reading action stories that abound with tough decisions.  While it doesn’t play a big part in the storyline, there are some same sex relationships in the trilogy.  As with any series, please start with book one.  And, you many not want to read any more of this post…

At the end of the second book, Todd and Viola captured Mayor Prentiss – or President Prentiss, depending on who is talking.  Now, in Monsters of Men, Todd is guarding the Mayor while Viola is racing to beat Mistress Coyle to the scout ship.  Nothing good would come of the incoming settlers hearing Mistress Coyle’s view of events.

We have two armies clamoring to be the first to tell their story to the new settlers, but they weren’t planning on the third army.  The Spackle, who call themselves the Land, were the original people of the planet and the humans thought that all had been killed except for those they enslaved, and maybe a few stragglers in the countryside.  But, the humans were wrong.  There are thousands of the Land.  Millions of the Land.  And they have new weapons.

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The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness

Posted by Laura on January 20, 2010

I don’t even know where to begin with this one. The Ask and the Answer is the second book in Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking trilogy. I blogged about the first book last week – I loved it. I love this one, as well.  My problem is this… How do I tell you about this book without ruining the first book if you have not yet read it? At least you could go and read what I wrote about it. Go ahead – I’ll wait.

So, the last book ends with Todd and Viola (the girl who was in the center of the silence I had mentioned in the previous post)  reaching the city (Haven)  that they were running towards during the whole first book.  The second book deals with what they find in Haven.  It is no longer Haven.

Todd and Viola are separated and neither knows if the other is alive.  Each gets caught up in different sides of a civil war.  Neither knows who to trust.  Each ends up doing things that they don’t want to do.  How do you decide what to do when there seems to be no right answer?  Should you do a terrible deed because at least if you were the one doing it you wouldn’t be as nasty about it as someone else?  Horrible.  I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the next one – which won’t be until September of 2010.

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Ghosts of War: the true story of a 19-year-old GI – Ryan Smithson

Posted by Laura on January 16, 2010

Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve straight from high school and became a Heavy Construction Equipment Operator.  Why did he join the military?  In 2001 he turned 16.  In 2001 planes hit the World Trade Center.  In 2001 the world changed for the United States like it hadn’t since the bombing at Pearl Harbor.   Ghosts of war: the true story of a 19-year-old GI is Ryan’s story of why he joined and what he did.

He tells of boot camp and deployment.  He tells of leaving his family behind and his formation of a new family, a brother and sisterhood of war.   He tells of his months in the Middle East doing good work with good people for the good of a nation.  He tells of the boredom, the horror, the humor, the fright, and the friendship of war.  He tells of the poverty, the hunger, the thirst and the hope of the people of Iraq.

This man is a hero.  As are the men and women he served with.  Their deeds are not shown on the news or written up in papers and magazines.  This memoir tells their work and while there is reactionary language – and really, what could you expect after a near miss by a mortar – and described violence – well, yeah, it is a war memoir – this is a very readable book for teens.

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