***** 5 Stars *****
This series has been an absolute marvel to read, it is one of the best young adult trilogies out there and like many YA books in existence it could definitely be enjoyable and thought provoking to both adults and teenagers alike. The way Ness deals with issues of morality is a feat, and is probably the best book I've read that deals with that particular subject. It made me think so much about why good people do bad things and the ideas of redemption and corruption.
Every character is so detailed and complex, something I really love in a book as characters are extremely important to me. The villains are terrifying because they can be so nice, in fact, at points you can't even tell who's a villain. The main characters, Todd and Viola are two of my favourite characters in ('fictional') existence. Even with their misguided actions I still absolutely adored both of them individually and as a pair. I don't think I've ever read two characters that care about each other more than these two.
I could describe every detail of this series that played with my emotions and my mind (and my all too feeling reader's heart) but I'm not going to because *Riversong voice* spoilers! This trilogy is magnificent and an exhilarating exploration of humanity and it's flaws that seem to follow us into whatever continent or world we live on.
One thing, at first it is quite difficult to get into due to purposeful mistakes in grammar and spelling, I was convinced I wasn't going to enjoy the book and regretted my high expectations. However, once you plough through the first 50 pages you begin to flow with Todd's odd style of narration and the plot and characters take over and you'll hopefully fall in love with this series as much as I have!
The characters and plot are equally outstanding, and I'm much aggrieved to be saying goodbye to it. Thank you Patrick Ness for a brilliant series!