The Knife of Never Letting Go
Talk about hearing voices in your head. On New World, all men, boys, and animals can hear each other's thoughts, also called "noise." There's ways to cover up or mask your thoughts, but it's hard to do. Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown, on the cusp of his 13th birthday, which will make him a man. One day, while running an errand, he notices a silence in the noise - something that has never happened before - and comes upon someone who changes his perception of his world forever. This is an incredibly intense book, with nonstop action and drama to carry you straight through in one reading, leaving you breathless for the next book in the Chaos Walking series, The Ask and the Answer.
This book is definitely for older young adults and adults - not for the squeamish. To read the first chapter online, click here.
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