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Patrick Ness
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22 Oct 2008 Chaos Walking
Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans... Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run...

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (22 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406320757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406320756
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Ness is the author of the Chaos Walking Trilogy - The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men - for which he has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the BookTrust Teenage Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in London.

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"Sets a high standard in an already crowded fantasy fiction genre."-- THE INDEPENDENT (U.K.) -- Independent, The (UK)"From the Hardcover edition."

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An unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up, by an award-winning writer.

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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A awesome debut! 21 Aug 2009
Todd Hewitt is twelve, the last boy in Prentisstown, a town of only men. He lives in a world full of "noise" in which the private thoughts of every man and animal are audible. In one month he will be thirteen and a man. But the town is keeping secrets from him, secrets that will force him to go on the run from the mayor and the men of Prentisstown along with his dog and the first girl he has ever met.

This is quite frankly an astounding novel, quite deserving of the awards Ness has won. It is furiously paced with terrifying, exhilarating and heartbreaking moments, with fantastic cliff-hangers interspersed with philosophical pauses. It is one of those gems that are sometimes found in children's literature; a genuinely original novel that is also well written, grabs hold of the imagination and will not allow you to put it down. You will find yourself growing more and more attached to Todd and Viola as the story and their friendship progresses, and feel genuine affection for Todd's dog and sidekick, Manchee, whose behaviour is both hilarious and heart-warming. At its core it is a story about a boy forced to grow up fast in a world crumbling into madness and armed only with his conviction to do right to help him take on the desperate fight to survive.

The book is aimed at young teenagers, and we would recommend it for readers aged 13 and upwards, but it will also appeal very strongly to adults. I can not rate this highly enough. If the well thought out plot line, characters that lift from the page and the genuinely original idea at the core of the book wasn't enough, Ness's dialogue and style of writing would be enough to recommend this book. If you want to read a truly great piece of children's fiction then this is the one for you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 24 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
the knife of never letting go was brillaint! one of the best books ever. im 13 and i have read all the books in this series and could not put any of them down!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Nominally this is a book for teenagers but it has such panache and a truly riveting plot that - you know what? Forget how old you are and just read it. It weighs in at 479 pages but it races on by to fiendishly excellent effect. We are on a planet - not earth (there are two moons), in a farming community where Todd, a young man approaching his majority (thirteen is the magic age of manhood and Todd is rapidly approaching his initiation), suddenly becomes aware of a creature he has never come across before. There is, instead of the Noise, which emanates from everyone (thoughts, images, their most secret imaginings), nothing, silence.

This is a hostile world for Todd and his dog Manchee. His parents are dead and he lives with Cillian and Ben, brothers who took him in as a child. The swamp-lands are close by and aside from the crocs and other creatures (including an alien race) there is a preacher, Aaron who seems to have a particular hatred for Todd. Then one day Ben tells him he must leave and the journey he must undertake is one that only he can travel.

The book has some wonderful textual tricks throughout and the story is thrilling, edgy, and ultimately devastating. I have already ordered the sequel, The Ask and the Answer, and I would recommend this book to any age group, that enjoys a quest-type story and a remorselessly engaging plot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Emotional Punch in the Throat 23 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're a reader: prepare to have your heartstrings torn apart. This is a fast-paced story, with a vivid dystopian world, plenty of action and dangling plot reveals galore to keep you reading even when you want to give Todd a good kick in the shins.

If you're a writer: prepare to have your heartstrings torn apart, and your writer-brain given a good education. Want to know how to make a difficult-to-like (ignorant, bull-headed prejudiced, angry) character loveable? Want to know how to write a convincing male character, from teenage mood swings to some words being misspelled cuz he ain't had much of an educayshun? Want to know how to reveal information slowly without frustrating your readers? Step right up and get reading.

There are so many secrets in this story that you want to find out the answer to. You know the secrets are there because Todd is constantly doubting and second-guessing his info and other characters are fighting not to spill the beans.

So Ness keeps feeding you important information, big shocking reveals, while putting obstacles in the way to stop you finding out the whole picture all at once. For instance: in a world where everyone can hear your thoughts, knowing too much is a liability so a lot of info is kept from Todd so that it can't be overheard. And a lot of the important info is in a book Todd carries everywhere, but he's illiterate and too proud and defensive to admit he can't read it.

Patrick has an impressively strong grasp of how to withhold information without it feeling forced or unrealistic, and how to 'drip-feed' important information to the readers without overwhelming them.

Either way: This is an interesting and dark dystopian that breaks out of the genre box and takes a lot of risks.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - interesting ideas. 15 July 2012
By Lara
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I read this trilogy after reading The Hunger Games trilogy. I wasn't sure that I liked it at first as it is written in dialect of the the locals, but it is very slight, and after a while you don't notice the strange spellings of a few words. The story is really well written and has you on the edge of your seat. It has a good pace and suspense, I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I really felt for Todd and love Manchee his dog!
It is great that there is such good teenage fiction - and even if I am 42 I really recommend these stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for absolutely anyone!
So, this is the first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy that I had borrowed from my sister.

I don’t think I could speak highly enough of this book; it was just pure... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Saira
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st of a trilogy that has to be read to completion
The story has echoes of other dystopian tales but has a style and drama all of its own.
This is a magnificent book that demonstrates that good writing, strong characters and... Read more
Published 12 days ago by A. L. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best
this is the first book of three and the story is so amazing. Read all three and then read more of his books. I can't recomend him enough as an amazing story teller
Published 12 days ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable and brilliant
Different and surprising throughout - a superbly written account of a world where your thoughts/dreams/intentions are there for everyone to see
Published 16 days ago by Christopher Watt
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed it
It is a bit young for me in style (I'm ancient and it's written for teenagers) but a good story. A bit different. No big hero except a young lad who makes mistakes. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Mr. C. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
exciting, gripping plot with a compellingly realised world and engaging characters. perhaps could have done with a little less running...
Published 23 days ago by Jo Davey
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
It took me a while and a bit on concentration to get use to the writing style. At times I nearly gave up reading it but persevered and please that I have finished it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I was given this book by my English teacher 8 years ago, at the age of 11. I found it slightly confusing at the time due to my age group, but I feel that was because I hadn't... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I wasn't sure about this book as some of the reviews said there were few likable characters and nobody to root for. this couldn't be further from the truth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
FAB. that's not even enough to sum it up. It's just beyond amazing omg, a must read for everyone! X
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