Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
Pros and cons of running as explained by Golem:
I liked a lot about this book, enough to give it a 4.5 rating, but there was also a lot I didn’t like about it. First of all, the characters. Viola was great. I loved her character, and I was really happy that she got even better in the second book of this series. I thought Manchee was adorable, hilarious and awesome, and Todd was….a solid character. He was a solid character, but I felt that he made some *cough unfortunate *cough decisions that made me dislike him. Aaron, the totally unrealistic Energizer bunny, was–I repeat–unrealistic and I didn’t really see in a deeper picture what he offered to the story.
Then there was the misspellings and grammar. This bothered me on some notes, didn’t bother me on others. Not sure how I feel about it. The swearing was funny and situation-appropriate sometimes, sometimes it felt like Patrick Ness put cuss words in there just because he felt like it.
Violence. There were two deaths in here where I felt that they were unnecessary and almost made me give up on this book. I hate when authors do that! They’re just playing with people’s lives, and that matters, even if it’s just in a book–it’s wrong. I’ve seen violence in movies, books, video games, and sometimes–like in Divergent–it can make your point clearer, provide a deeper level to the lesson the author is trying to teach, just like Suzanne Collins did in the Hunger Games. I was disappointed that Patrick Ness didn’t do that with this book, and added unnecessary violence to this book.
Now, on the creativity and world of this book….I was impressed, to say the least. This book has one of my favorite beginnings and first sentences. The world wasn’t as well-crafted as maybe something Scott Westerfeld or Rick Riordan could come up with, but I still enjoyed it. It was creative and thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it and learning about it.
The action in this book was intense and got in right off. Again, I thought there was some unnecessary violence, but Patrick Ness placed it in some places where it really worked. I liked the way Todd met Viola, how they became a team and how everything unraveled. As the kids run for their lives, there is a lot of adventure and action themes to it that I really liked.
The ending to this book is a total emotional sucker-punch, and I didn’t know if I liked it or not. The ending was a cliffhanger, and it was okay as cliff hangers go. I can’t wait to read the second book.
pg count for the hardcover: 496
series: Chaos Walking
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