Publisher: Candlewick, 2009
Genre: Fiction, Sci Fi, Dystopia, YA
Where I Got It: Downloaded it on my Kindle
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Note: I’ve been boring myself to death writing book reviews so I decided to mix things up a little.
If this book was an equation, it might read as follows:
YA/Dystopia x Sci-Fi + Classic Literary Themes = Inventive and Involving Book/Series
- It is set on another planet called New World.
- People from Earth came to New World to settle it but they found out something when they landed.
- All the inner thoughts of men can be heard by everyone else — all at one time. It is called The Noise.
- Women’s thoughts cannot be heard.
- This caused much conflict.
- So much conflict that the men of Prentisstown killed all the women.
- Prentisstown is where our hero Todd Hewitt lives.
- Todd is about to become a man, which involves some type of mysterious ritual.
- Todd is anxious about this ritual but curious too.
- While out on a walk with his dog Manchee, he finds a Hole (Quiet) in the Noise.
- (By the way, Manchee can talk. All animals can talk on New World.)
- A Hole in the Noise can only mean one thing: a girl or woman is nearby.
- Or could it be a Spackle … the native species of New World?
- But no women exist on New World anymore, right?
- And all the Spackle were killed in the Spackle War, right?
- Maybe things aren’t quite as Todd imagined.
Did I like the book?
Yes I did … despite the fact that it started to feel a bit repetitive along the way and there was a character who just wouldn’t stay dead that was getting on my nerves. In addition, I’m still on the fence about whether I liked Ness’s choice to have Todd’s narration be written phonetically sometimes. But overall, I enjoyed the book. And with its cliffhanger ending, I pretty much had to read the second book, The Ask and The Answer. I suspect you will too. The good news is that this is a rare trilogy that gets better as it goes along … unlike some YA/dystopia series I know (cough, cough The Hunger Games cough cough).
P.S. I’ll be publishing my reviews of Books 2 and 3 in separate posts.