The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness
It's the future. Generations into our future. Colonists have left our planet for New World to create a haven and a sanctuary away from the wars of men.
But they get more than they bargained for when the Noise comes.
They can hear the thoughts of men. The thoughts are everywhere. There's no way to get away from them.
In an effort to end it, the colonists kill off the creatures who were already living there when they arrive, but it doesn't end the Noise.
Over twenty years later, Todd Hewitt is only a month away from becoming the last man of Prentisstown. All of the women are dead and he was the last baby, so he's the last of the dying settlement to reach manhood.
However, everything Todd has ever known about his town gets flipped on its side when he and his dog, Manchee, find Quiet.
Now Todd has a new journey to manhood. One he never expected to take.
Final thoughts: This was a tough read. The book was great. The characters were extremely well drawn. The suspense was nearly constant. And that's the problem. There was a large amount of suspense and very little downtime. It was also gory, violent, and sometimes downright scary. I truly felt for the main characters and nearly cried a few times when they faced a few painful events. It's from another trilogy, but at least this time the other two are already out. However, I may still have to switch to something else for a while, because this was just hard to read.