View of the Sawatch mountains from the ridge to Missouri Mountain's summit
In keeping with the "triple threat" theme, for today's book rec I chose Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy, which I read in omnibus form during my recent trip to Australia.
People who don't read much YA often have the misconception that YA novels have to be lighter in tone than adult novels, or deal with less difficult themes. NO. So not true. Ness's trilogy deals with war and prejudice and torture and collusion and examines in depth the question of how good people can slowly slide into doing terrible things. All this is wrapped in a really fascinating take on the old science fictional standby of telepathy. I can't talk too much about this without spoilers, but suffice it to say that when the book opens, we're in the head of a boy named Todd, the youngest of his village, where all the women are dead and every living thing constantly broadcasts their thoughts and emotions. Todd thinks he knows the history of his village; he's wrong. The first book deals with his journey out of innocence. The second book is darker yet, so dark it is at times difficult to read. The third book attempts to wrestle with issues of colonization, and here I feel the story gets away from Ness; but not to the point it stops me from recommending the trilogy as a whole. My brother Matt Hilliard wrote an in-depth analysis of the trilogy that makes for great reading once you've finished the books.