Synopses & Reviews
The riveting Chaos Walking trilogy by two-time Carnegie Medalist Patrick Ness, reissued with compelling new covers -- and a bonus short story in each book.
"Narrated with crack dramatic and comic timing. . . The cliffhanger ending is as effective as a shot to the gut." Booklist (starred review)
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.
Skillfully structured narrative creates an elegant mixture of action, dialogue, and dark, dsytopian pathos. VOYA
The emotional, physical, and intellectual drama is well crafted and relentless...Tension [and] suspense...are palpable throughout, mitigated by occasional moments of welcome humor. School Library Journal
Crack dramatic and comic timing...unforgettable...penetrating...The cliffhanger ending is as effective as a shot to the gut. Booklist (starred review)
About the Author
Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal-winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children's Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.