Okay. Bloody hell, did I love this series.

Now--this is basically the first time I've written anything like this. I'm not going to be writing about actual events that happen--I'll just stick to my personal thoughts about the series so you don't have to be scared of spoilers! If I really feel like it I'll write another review that, y'know, contains spoilers and actual, in-depth descriptions about what's going on in the books.

So--Chaos Walking is a trilogy written by Patrick Ness. The first book is titled The Knife of Never Letting Go, the sequel is The Ask and the Answer, and the third book is Monsters of Men.

Here's the summary to The Knife of Never Letting go (in my own words):

It's no secret that Prentisstown is different from other settlements. There are houses, there's the gas station, the City Hall, and all of that--but there's one thing that makes Prentisstown stand out. It's the Noise. With the Noise that spills your secrets out in front of you for the world to see, with the Noise that keeps everybody up at night, with the Noise that binds itself to the men, holding them hostage and driving them crazy...it's impossible to keep secrets to yourself. However, there's one boy left in this place, and when he finds out what's truly going on behind closed doors...he has no choice. He needs to run.

All three books are phenomenal in my opinion. I can't even come up with words to do the series justice--I can't even begin to express how much I adored the books.

I'm not exactly sure where this series takes place, however Patrick Ness has written Todd, the main character's point of view in a really unique way.
Todd has an accent, so I'll just drop three words that he says:
-Ain't
-Shoulda
-Cuz

Yes--the series are in first person so Ness has modified some words to fit Todd's way of speaking, and I think that's incredibly special and really cool. As a writer I'm always trying to develop my characters in such ways that I know how they speak, behave, and all of that, and I just think it's so cool how Ness has decided to develop Todd.

In my time of talking about this series with other people, I've heard of a few cases where people have put the series down. It's kind of understandable, as The Knife of Never Letting Go is hard to understand at first, but as the book goes along and along everything becomes clear and I had to put the book down a couple of times and just allow myself to soak everything in as the Big Picture (trademark symbol) pieced itself together.

Honestly, I think that if those people just gave the series another chance they'd be blown away. The character development as a whole is just A++++ amazing. The characters find themselves tested, questioned, dragged through the mud, and put through Hell, however they all keep on coming back from those bad situations, but each time they've changed. These bad things that keep happening to them influence their personalities and who they are and who they're becoming, and you can see that as they continue to make decisions.

If you're looking for a series with character development (as I just mentioned), fast-paced, heart wrenching, tear-jerking scenes, then I strongly recommend you go and buy Chaos Walking as fast as you possibly can.

The Knife of Never Letting Go was the series that actually brought me out of my reading slump and influenced me to read more and more. I will forever hold this series in my heart and keep these books with me as I grow up so I can read them, like, fifty years into the future. I read this series earlier in the year and honestly, without it, I wouldn't be as passionate about reading as I am right now.

As for now, that's all I have to say about Chaos Walking! As you could probably tell, I dearly love this series and I hope a few more people decide to buy the series. Thank you for reading!