Hey guys, how is it going. So I skipped a month of my Pinkblots reviews cause I didn’t have any idea what to write about. But then I realised that, I just started a new SciFi series that is ages old! The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. So I’m sorry, but the review is coming now. Better late than never right?
So The Chaos Walking Trilogy is quite old, and for some reason I missed the train on it. But the movie adaption was announced a few months ago, and well that finally motivated me to pick it up. It follows young boy, Todd Hewitt who is a month away from becoming a man (by “New World Standards” that is) he lives in Prentistown, only governed by men. All the women had died after an outbreak of a virus that was sent to them in chemical warfare with Aliens (the Spackle…spelling may be wrong??) that inhabited the area before them, the virus is known as “the Noise” , but the men were affected a little differently. All the men got the Nose virus, which basically means their thoughts, desires and feelings radiate out of them in somewhat of a distressed noise. Your secrets are no longer your secrets and everyone can literally hear your thoughts. The same happened to the animals, one of my favourite characters in this book was Todd’s lil’ doggo Manchee, whose first words in this book is “Poo” :D. The story starts off when Todd stumbles into the swamp and finds a patch of silence, like a bubble where no “Noise” is present, which is wrong…right? Then suddenly he is chased out of the town by his parental figures with a backpack, a book and a map and no idea what is going with Prentistown men on his back assumebly trying to kill him, and he can’t even read beause he never went to that kind of school and he has no idea what is going. Soon it appears not everything is what it seems and something bigger is at stake.
I really love Patrick Ness, like his stories are so well crafted and interesting (except the Rest of Us Just Live here, that book was a mess) and this book is no exception. It is a great, adventure filled story, I felt that the characters were a little underdeveloped at first, but it’s a series of three books so I have my hopes up. I was at some points, a little annoyed with Todd, but Manchee made up for that! And I love Viola she is an easy character to like I think. The concept of this book is very interesting, there is an adventure and so many secrets to be unravled along the way, there is no room for boredom while reading this book! I really liked the writing style, but overall I do enjoy Patrrick Ness’s writing so that was no surprise. The way the Noise was portrayed in the book was pretty cool, it was recognized by a different more messy font, and it really enhanced the reading experience. The Villian in the story was very easy to hate, and his motivations were quite scary to be frank. I really loved how Patrick Ness incorporated the Villians motivations into the story and I believe it to be an underlying theme in the book as a whole (no spoilers!). I definitely think that the story carry’s a lesson, and a comment on contemporary society, even years later. The story really exposes the ugly bits of man, and how greed and power can set you down a dark dark path. I really enjoyed the Animals Noise in the story, it was maybe not really aiding the plot, but it set the atmosphere so well and was to be honset very damn cool! I really like the way Todd and Viola’s emotions were written, and the way they deal with these emotion given their age and environemnt they find themselves in. I cried so much in this book, Patrick Ness is an evil man and knows how to rip your heart out, I won’t say anything more because I am borderline spoiler territory.
It gave me those early 2000’s Dystopian novel feels (Which is when it came out so duhh) and I highly reccomend it if you are a fan of Divergent, Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Shatter Me, The Darkest Minds etcetera. I am very excited to see this series adapted to screen (Really hope they do a good job and actually stick to it, unlike some other unfinished adaptions … that were done terribly so nobody liked them. What’s the secret? , Don’t make the adaption terrible and never disregard the book fans, we will make sure the film plummets, has Percy Jackson taught Hollywood nothing?)
The film adaption has cast Tom Holland ( 😀 ❤ *weird eyebrow movements*) as Todd Hewitt, so it’s already off to a good start in my opinion!! I am really excited to see where this series takes us, after that cliffhanger of an ending! Highly suggest you pick up this trilogy before the movie release, and also don’t you want some nostalgia back to the sweet days of reading Hunger Games, loving catching fire and cursing Veronica Roth while stomping on Allegiant with reckless tears streaming down your face… ahh good times!
So that’s it for my review guys, I give the book a 4/5 stars and hope to review the rest of the series here on the Pinkblots page too! (No promises though)
Bii for now, also please check out my latest blog post over on my personal blog!
bii, ilysm! ❤