mAuthor: Patrick Ness
Series: (Chaos Walking #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Adventure
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.
Three things made me love and enjoy this book. The writing, the main character and the underlying message.
One might think that this is about a boy’s adventure through a damaged land with his talking dog. It is not. The concept of this book was just unique. The writing is well done, with the exception to Todd’s grammatically incorrect thoughts, which take some getting used to. And the setting, while there is no world building, you already know what level of hell these characters are living in.
The narrative is even darker and thought-provoking – Ness creates this awful dark world and touches upon the issues of xenophobia, sexism, helplessness, dehumanisation, endurance through tough times and survival, the effects of colonisation and group mentality… and so much more.
The cast of characters was top notch. The evil ones played their parts perfectly and you despised them to the core, while you rooted for the good ones. Now! Speaking of characters, let’s talk about Todd, Our 13-year-old narrator. I seriously cannot express how hilarious Todd was. The best way I could describe him is (and this is a tough one)…think of Kvothe from The Name of The Wind & The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – great. Now think of someone COMPLETELY and UTTERLY opposite to him. That’s our Todd!
- NO survival instinct whatsoever. None.
- He is moody as hell, I mean, the boy complains and throws tantrums more that he narrates.
- Argues continually with everyone around him, and you’d think he’d learn to get along with the sweetest, cool-headed and only girl he’s ever met. But no, instead he’s constantly on her case and bickers with her every chance he gets.
- As far as heroes go, Todd’s on the peculiar (for lack of better words) end of the spectrum.
- If you find yourself lost in the wilderness with no one but Todd, chances are you’ll probably end up dead before you reach your destination. The amount of times that he’s made stupid decisions and Viola having to save him (sometimes from himself) is truly fascinating and funny at the same time.
But that’s why you just love him! His default word is NO and his tantrums are what defines him. He’s all bark and no bite. He feels helpless so he argues and tries to be a tough guy as a form of release if you will. When really, he’s a sweet-natured boy who’s just trying to do the right thing. You can tell how much I had fun with him.
And last but certainly not least, if you’re up for a good punch in the stomack, then this is the ending for you. It is an emotional sucker punch with a brilliant cliffhanger.