The Chaos Walking Trilogy… Probably one of the most “hyped” and beloved series out there that you have to know when you start to watch BookTube videos, because apparently everyone has read it and loved it, or is about to read it and love it. And so, what did I do? When I saw that the editions I was liking were going out of print, I scoured the internet to find them, did, and bought them.
Back in October 2015, I read the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and I quite liked it. I thought the concepts and ideas were new and very interesting. The book also provided a great cast of characters with some nice character development. So I was optimistic.
Author: Patrick Ness // First published: May 2009 // Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
This edition: 517 pages, published in May 2013 by Walker Books // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in November 2015
And then along the way, I lost interest. Quite early on actually. I picked up book 2 in November because I wanted to continue on with the series, and for some reason, something didn’t click with me. And it annoys me that I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly.
Because all in all, I can see that the ideas are still good and interesting, but for some reason I didn’t care all that much anymore about the characters or the story. I found that there were a bit too much twists and turns for my taste maybe; is the Mayor really all that bad? Is Mistress Coyle right? Who betrays who? Who’s right and who’s wrong? … There was a little bit too much of this through books 2 and 3.
I usually have a hard time with books with multiple perspectives and points of view. Fortunately, in this one it is dealt with rather well. The fact that they used different fonts for the different POV really helped me with it. I was confused though when it came to book 3 and a third POV was introduced; at one point I thought 2 persons were talking in those chapters, but I’m not sure.
Author: Patrick Ness // First published: May 2010 // Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
This edition: 603 pages, published in May 2013 by Walker Books // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in January 2016
What I will say, though, is that the way the characters of the Mayor and Mistress Coyle are portrayed is really interesting. First of all, you just think that the Mayor is evil, and Mistress Coyle is his opposite, a woman who wants to save her town and the people. But then all goes to hell and you don’t know who to trust anymore, who is doing the right thing, and is it for the right reasons or because they are just delusional?
Every character had flaws, things to overcome, delusions of grandeur, etc., which makes for very fleshed, complex, and interesting characters. That was refreshing to see —although quite frustrating at times as well because you just don’t know what to expect.
I found the secondary characters to be more interesting than the main ones. Todd felt really whiny to me, and Viola just too caught up in her own sense of justice. I liked Wilf or Davy better for example, because it felt like they had something unique to contribute to the story arc. But unfortunately, as secondary characters go, we don’t see all that much of them.
The one thing that just annoyed the hell out of me, though, was the blatant repetition of the main characters’ names. If you’ve read these books, you know what I mean. But dear Lord, if by now you don’t know that they’re called Todd and Viola, I don’t know what more you would need.
It all started really well with the first book, and then it went downhill for me. Is it because I heard so much people raving about this series? Or did I just lose interest on my own for no good reason? I guess we will never know.