for The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
One month before he is to be a man, Todd walks into the swamp with his talking dog and encounters “Quiet” and Viola—events that lead to the uncovering of the truth about Prentisstown, a male community exiled more than a dozen years earlier for its crimes against humanity. Ness provides a dystopian vision of settlers whose solution to the planet’s “Noise”—a con stant streaming of information from men’s thoughts but not women’s—in volves war and murder. In this taut thriller, Todd’s guardians help him escape from Prentisstown, but Todd and Viola barely survive when they are pursued by the town’s mad preacher and all-male army. 2009 USBBY Outstanding International Books List, 2009 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize; 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize, Branford Boase Shortlist, 2009 Carnegie Medal Shortlist, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Texas TAYSHAS List. hc
Originally published by Walker Books Great Britain, in 2008.
A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard — and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret.
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.