Ocean of Noise

“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say…”

Thus begins The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. I picked up this book one day on a whim. I needed something to read, and I remembered someone recommending it. I had no idea what to expected. But I wasn’t disappointed.

Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, begins with Todd Hewitt, a boy living in a town devoid of women, where everyone can hear each others’ thoughts (aka Noise). Even so, there are dark secrets in the town’s history that force Todd to run from the only home he’s even known.

There are a number of twists and turns, so I won’t tell you any more and give away the plot. Suffice to say, this is an utterly engaging story that did not go at all where I was expecting.

This series has been my October read. (At approximately 500 pages each, it might take me all of October to finish.) I sailed through the first book, only to be left with a cliff hanger ending that launched me right into the second one, The Ask and the Answer. I’m pretty busy right now, but I can’t wait to start Monsters of Men and see how the story ends. I would highly recommend these books to fans of dystopian/sci-fi/post-apocalyptic novels.

(I couldn’t help but be reminded of this song while I was reading.)


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