Synopses & Reviews
A story where edge-of-your-seat horror meets post-apocalyptic thriller, perfect for fans of Lois Lowry and The Mazerunner
Night is coming.
On Marins island, sunrise doesnt come every twenty-four hours--it comes every twenty-eight years. Each sunset, the townspeople sail to the south, where they wait out the long Night. None of the adults will tell Marin, Kana, or their friend Line exactly what happens when they leave the island, but when the three are accidentally left behind in the gathering dusk, they learn the truth: at Night, their town belongs to others, and those others want them gone.
Fleeing through the now-alien landscape that used to be their home, the three confront shocking transformations and uncomfortable truths about themselves. They are challenged to trust one another or perish. Marin, Kana, and Line must find their way off the island . . . before the Night finds them.
"Narrated...with crack dramatic and comic timing by Todd and featuring one of the finest talking-dog characters anywhere, this troubling, unforgettable opener to the Chaos Walking trilogy is a penetrating look at the ways in which we reveal ourselves to one another, and what it takes to be a man in a society gone horribly wrong." Booklist (starred review)
"This riveting SF thriller is action-packed, with edge-of-your-seat chase scenes, a monstrous villain who just won't die, and moments of both anguish and triumph....Emotionally intense...haunting page-turner." Kliatt
"Adventure abounds in this suspenseful coming of age novel." Raleigh News and Observer
"Tension [and] suspense...are palpable throughout, mitigated by occasional moments of welcome humor." School Library Journal
"A read-alone, stay-up-way-too-late book for older readers looking for the combination of being scared and being stirred to gallop to the end." Chicago Tribune
"The nicely balanced mix of coming-of-age novel, science-fiction adventure, and dystopic thriller will make this an appealing choice for a range of genre readers...still unsolved mysteries, carefully developed by Ness and left at tantalizing moments of resolution, guarantee anticipation for the next two." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
"[A] grim and thrilling tale . . . an unforgettable protagonist" —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A horrifying, compelling trilogy that pushes the boundaries of what we believe to be good and evil. . . . Nathan's survival is tenuous and marvelous—and only just beginning." —Booklist, starred review
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive" —Time
"Nathans harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel."—Kirkus Reviews
Praise and accolades for Half Bad
"Highly entertaining and dangerously addictive."—Time Magazine
“Genuinely engaging.”—The New York Times
“Bewitching.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Captivating.”— Los Angeles Times
"A page-turner."—The Boston Globe
"An epic journey."—D.J. MacHale, New York Times bestselling author of Pendragon and Sylo
"Brilliant and utterly compelling." —Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author of Life After Life
"This will haunt you." —Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend
"Edgy, arresting and brilliantly written." —Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Gone
* "A thrilling tale . . . Unforgettable." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Marvelous." —Booklist, starred review
* "A unique take on witches." —Library Media Connection, starred review
A Spring 2014 Kids' Indie Next List pick
A 2014 Booklist Top 10 SF, Fantasy, and Horror for Youth
A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014
Holder of two Guinness World Records
Optioned for film by FOX 2000
Rights sold in 50 international markets
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.
Readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in this series that follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard — and the passage into manhood embodies a horrible secret.
In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathans father is the worlds most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witchor else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trustnot even family, not even the girl he loves?
In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.
About the Author
Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England's Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for the Guardian. This is his first book for young adults. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.