by Patrick Ness
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.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
This book flat out floored me. It's been a while since something just wow'ed me to no end. I mean, I've read a lot of good books lately, but this one was just awesome. I could hardly put it down. The spelling and language did take a bit to get used to (granted, I am a horrible speller, so some of the more creative words made me laugh in memory of making similar mistakes). The concept of Noise was incredibly interesting and done so well--I've read books before with mind-reading and such, but this really showed just what it would be like (and I think I really rather do without, thanks, even if it would make it easier to understand my husband at times...). I will be picking up the next book shortly!
Have you read this one? Did you like it?