More proof that the young-adult post-apocalyptic novel is where it's at: The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness has picked up the 2008 Booktrust Teenage Prize. Like City Of Ember, Hunger Games and countless others, Never Letting follows a teenage boy and girl on a quest to survive and transform a ruined world. But this time, there's a twist: all the men are telepathic. In Knife, Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town full of men — there are no women, ostensibly because of a plague. And that same plague has left all the men telepathic, able to hear each other's thoughts as well as the thoughts of animals. The resulting mental cacophany is called The Noise, and it's all-pervasive. Except that Todd finally discovers a single place of silence on the outskirts of town, and its source is something that's not supposed to exist: a girl, named Viola. The men in the town realize that Todd is keeping a secret from them, and he has to flee for his life, with Viola, before they kill him. Along the way, Todd and Viola face off with the crazy fundamentalist preacher Aaron. Apparently it's book one of a series, the Chaos Walking saga. I'm kind of curious to pick it up now. [BBC News]
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