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OH. MY. GOD
It will always haunt me.
I will never be able to forget it.
It was when I started crying hysterically until my throat started aching.
There are not enough adjectives in the dictionary to sing praises of this series. I am simply tongue-tied by the brilliance of this trilogy, the depth of the topics explored via the characters in this book.
I really cannot write a proper review, I just can’t. I am so severely shocked and utterly awestruck, it is as if someone has pulled a rug right from under me.
I feel like I am a part of an elite club after reading this masterpiece and I feel bad for the people who haven’t read this yet. I genuinely do. This trilogy is not just some sheepish young-adult fantasy thrown together; it is so much different, so much beyond it. Every character is so strong and of significance, that you cannot help but admire Ness's imagination.
The predicament, whether we’re on the wrong side or right side in a war is a main theme of this book too. Like I said in in my review of The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness is the one with power here. He can manipulate his readers just like Mayor Prentiss was able to manipulate Todd.
When all the ugly faces of war are presented, you cannot decide on whose side you’d want to be because he shows that there is no side with best intentions, you can never completely agree with one person’s idea of winning it.
These books should not be categorised as middle-grade/ya books, even adults should read them. It is an excellent, thought-provoking series recommended to all, although I agree with others that 3rd book did not follow the path 2nd and 1st books went on, it still was a moving read and extremely deserving to be the closing chapter of this immensely emotional and powerful ride.
On Page 402 there is a line -
“And I wait for a long minute.
And I don’t know what to say.
And I don’t know what to do."
That is exactly how I feel right now.
Throughout the book there are at least a dozen plot twists but it is the ending that entirely makes you fall in love and hate Monsters of Men at the same time. It is so unbelievable that you will have to read the same line over and over again with teary eyes to fully grasp what's happening.
I bow to thee.
Read and reviewed on GoodReads on June 25, 2013.