“But a knife ain’t just a thing, is it? It’s a choice, it’s something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again.”
Author: Patrick Ness
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?
I actually bought this book on the boardwalk in Ocean City about a year ago, and it’s been sitting on my shelf for awhile. I believe I had started reading it, but I just never got around to finishing it.
I spontaneously picked it up again on my Spring Break, and let me tell you, I was hooked. Patrick Ness has been buzzing around the YA community and I can see why there’s such a huge hype.
At first, it was hard adjusting to the “noise” but soon I began to understand it and even feel it. I was on the edge of my seat practically the entire time. As soon as I felt things were calming down something else would happen and I would just have to keep reading! There were parts where I was physically shaking (as well as sobbing, but I won’t get into that). The writing is phenomenal, I really felt like I was there. It was draining, but in a good way. If you’re into dystopian genres, I’d say give this a shot. I cannot wait to read more in the series, as well as more of Ness’ books.
My Rating: 5 Stars