Seamus O'Seamus wrote:Mister B. Gone
Officially on my reading list, after that review.
Meanwhile, though, I've been reading Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking
trilogy after my sister got me the first book as a late birthday present (...my birthday's in March. So, pretty late). The first book is called The Knife of Never Letting Go
and even though it says "young adult" on the back of the first book that seems to pigeonhole it a bit too much: I really think this deserves a wider audience.
The premise is that everybody in Prentisstown can hear each other's thoughts. It's called Noise, and it means there are no secrets. It's been that way since the war, when 'the Spacks' released a germ that caused all the men to catch Noise, and killed all the women. But of course when I say there are no secrets, you probably guessed that's not going to stay true throughout the whole book, and when the main character Todd finds a girl in the swamp (a girl whose thoughts he can't hear), he suddenly has to start running. Of course, the people who are looking for him can hear his thoughts, which is always going to make things more difficult.
If you read a review of it you'll probably hear about how the Noise is supposed to draw a parallel with the constant onslaught of mobile phones and whatnot, but ignore that. It's really well done, and doesn't rest on clichés - you wouldn't even realise you're technically reading a sci-fi book (the Spacks are aliens, the indigenous species on the planet on which the people of Prentisstown are first-generation settlers) until a couple of chapters in. The book really surprised me and I bought the second one the instant I finished the first.