Chaos Walking

4 books in series
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The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy Summary

The New World is a prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. The story was written while the author served as writer in residence for the Booktrust an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.

The New World tells of Viola's journey to the New World, brilliantly capturing the hope and fear of settlers in search of a new life. Patrick Ness says that he wrote it "as a huge and deeply-felt thank you to readers. I've had so many questions about Viola and what her life was like before that I couldn't resist the opportunity to reveal just a little bit extra. I knew these things - they're vitally important to her as a character, even if they're not directly in the novels - so it felt like a secret trip I could take readers on. The challenge was to make it work on its own, too, so anyone could read it. That was really, really good fun, and I hope the final result is an exciting one."

The New World can be listened to before or after the trilogy – and some may choose to do both. The story works as a standalone piece, but listeners already familiar with The Knife of Never Letting Go will learn more about Viola’s life and the events leading to her arrival and first encounter with Todd, while newcomers to the trilogy will discover a white-knuckle ride of an introduction to the series. Whether you're a new or faithful listener, though, it's a welcome chance to immerse yourself in the world of Chaos Walking.

©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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    • The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy

    • By: Patrick Ness
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  • Book 1

    • The Knife of Never Letting Go

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 857
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 726
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 722

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely brilliant

    • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 01-07-11

    Regular price: £26.29

  • Book 2

    • The Ask and the Answer

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 327
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 325

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 18-08-11

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 3

    • Monsters of Men

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 322

    War,’ says the Mayor, ‘at last.’ Three armies march on New Prentisstown, each one intent on destroying the others. Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they’re so hopelessly outnumbered? And if war makes monsters of men, what terrible choices await? But then a third voice breaks into the battle, one bent on revenge….

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really impressive ending and great narration.

    • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 18-08-11

    Regular price: £26.29