Chaos Walking trilogy for 13yo?

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NinjaClash Mon 21-Dec-20 10:28:26

I’m just looking for some books for DS, 13, and came across this trilogy (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men) by Patrick Ness, never heard of him or the books but apparently they’ve been successful/popular.

Does anyone know these books? And would you recommend them for a 13yo?

Thanks!

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Xmasdinnervwpolo Mon 21-Dec-20 10:33:49

I've read them. I think they are aimed at a teenage audience. There is some hard going topics (think mass genocide, colonisation etc) but I think they are handled in an age appropriate way. There's nothing too graphic if I recall correctly (I don't like reading graphic violence).

Xmasdinnervwpolo Mon 21-Dec-20 10:35:05

What i would say though is the first book is written from the point of view of one character but then it changes in subsequent books. I didn't like the character in the other books, didn't think the character was particularly well thought out etc.

kowari Mon 21-Dec-20 10:39:11

DS 14 has read them and says 12+.

NinjaClash Mon 21-Dec-20 10:39:16

Thanks for that, that’s helpful, especially that the violence is handled in an age-appropriate way.

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NinjaClash Mon 21-Dec-20 10:39:50

kowari

DS 14 has read them and says 12+.

Great!

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NinjaClash Mon 21-Dec-20 10:40:37

Did you/your DS enjoy them?

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TeenyTinyDustinHoffman Mon 21-Dec-20 10:40:41

I've read and enjoyed them, would agree that they're good for that age group. Easy to read but some important themes in there. IIRC they do get progressively darker, with the third having obvious parallels to the Holocaust.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Mon 21-Dec-20 10:40:42

I hated them for the amount of brutality and killing but they are well written and not particularly graphic.

NinjaClash Mon 21-Dec-20 10:44:41

Thank you both, very helpful

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Tarararara Mon 21-Dec-20 10:54:53

In case it helps, I did an extensive trawl of old Mumsnet threads for book suggestions for a 13 year old boys on Friday night, and these are the ones I have shortlisted and ordered for my DS:

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking)
Ness, Patrick

The Everest Files: A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest: 1
Matt Dickinson

Gone (The Gone Series)
Grant, Michael

Spud
van de Ruit, John

Butter
Lange, Erin

Ready Player One: The global bestseller and now a major Steven Spielberg movie
Cline, Ernest

Ender's Game (Ender Saga): Book 1 of the Ender Saga
Orson Scott Card

Holes
Sachar, Louis

NinjaClash Mon 21-Dec-20 20:58:56

Tarararara

In case it helps, I did an extensive trawl of old Mumsnet threads for book suggestions for a 13 year old boys on Friday night, and these are the ones I have shortlisted and ordered for my DS:

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking)
Ness, Patrick

The Everest Files: A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest: 1
Matt Dickinson

Gone (The Gone Series)
Grant, Michael

Spud
van de Ruit, John

Butter
Lange, Erin

Ready Player One: The global bestseller and now a major Steven Spielberg movie
Cline, Ernest

Ender's Game (Ender Saga): Book 1 of the Ender Saga
Orson Scott Card

Holes
Sachar, Louis

This is really helpful! Thanks very much for that, really appreciate it.

I’m still undecided about Chaos Walking, but have ordered Ready Player One - he’s a total gamer so should enjoy that!

Cheers - and Merry Christmas all smile

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TheNationsFavourite Mon 21-Dec-20 23:35:21

My 13 year old DD read them from the school library, loved them and has ordered a set from Santa!

NinjaClash Thu 24-Dec-20 11:23:45

Thank you for that.

I think on reflection that he will enjoy them more when he’s a few months older, and also he’s got a fair few unread books still sitting waiting, so I’m going to save getting those for his birthday.

Thank you all who replied, really helpful!

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