The Chaos Walking series is a gripping, gritty thrill ride of emotion that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you experience emotion in the way almost no other book can. Patrick Ness takes a great idea and executes it flawlessly, creating a disturbing but highly believeable dystopia. Todd's narrative is endearing, intelligent, and strong as he struggles to realize what it takes to be a man in a world gone mad.
Patrick Ness can take a character, make you hate him, make you fear him, and then toss you into a point of view where you can't help but love him. In the case of Davy Prentiss, the Mayor's son, Ness creates a character who is at once corrupted, innocent, lovesick, and hateful. His growing feelings for Todd appear to be more than simple brotherly affection, and you will feel every blush, stomach-drop, and tummy-butterfly that Davy feels as he struggles to decide where his loyalties lie.
In conclusion, this series is dark, very dark, but it will take you on a ride that you'll never forget. Though it is definitely not for younger children, I can't help but think that it would be an excellent movie series as well. I eagerly anticipate the third book, and applaud Patrick Ness for creating a series in which I can find barely a flaw.