For those of you who missed my initial fangirling post about Chaos Walking Week presented by Loving Books, this whole week is dedicated to the glory that is the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Get some!
To kick off the week, allow me to give you 5 reasons why I LOVE this series. Narrowing it down to five is going to be ridiculously hard, mind you, as I could probably list 500 reasons.
Sci-Fi - These books take place in a planet not unlike our own in what I imagined to be a parallel universe. Everyone has Noise, which means you can hear what people are thinking, seeing, feeling, and experiencing all of the time. Kind of overwhelming, right? Yeah - Todd finds it CRAZY overwhelming but does his best. When Todd's people first settled on the planet, there was an alien race they called Spackle that they had to get rid of in order to inhabit the land. So take the Noise and the alien life form and the spaceship travel and you have yourself a sci-fi, y'all. LOVE SCI FI.
Moral Gray - Here's the deal - NONE of Todd's decisions are easy. Like, ever. I can't even tell you how much I love and respect that about the writing and the character and the plot. Each decision he makes will have positive and negative repercussions and he has to make it anyway. So real.
Todd Hewitt - This guy is the business. He's not considered a man until he hits a certain age and after he's killed someone. Todd goes through so much of the story believing he's not a man and is still a boy and whatever but YOU GUYS he is 100% grown. He is brave and determined and kind and sensitive and just GOOD. Despite growing up in a town that did it's very best to pollute and corrupt him, Todd Hewitt is GOOD.
Emotion - To say this book made me cry is the understatement of my lifetime. Each book packed an emotional punch that kept me short of breath and angry. I love that Patrick Ness made me feel so intensely for characters in his world. I connected with Todd immediately and grew to love the secondary characters just as much. Not just because all of the characters are good, mind you, but I grew to love the baddies as well. THAT, my friends, is what I mean by emotion. I was emotionally invested in all of the things!
Redemption - Without being spoilery for those of you who haven't read the series, there is one character in particularly that I never EVER thought I would care about. He was a dick through and through and I loathed him. And then, quite without realizing it happened, I cared about him. A LOT. What the what, Patrick Ness?! The reason why my heart was strangely warmed by this character was the author's theme of redemption through the 2nd and 3rd novel. We are all worthy of love, though not all of us receive it like we should. My heart breaks just remembering this.
Stay tuned for the rest of Chaos Walking week, and be sure to swing by Loving Books to see what she's posting on the daily too!
And by all means, if you're reading the books for the first time, please let me know so I can fangirl with you!