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.
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©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Wow!.. What an exciting start. If THE NEW WORLD is truly a good representation of what’s to come in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, then I’m excited to jump into the series and find out what the future holds for Viola.
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I think I should .. or would.
The story was a bit dragged out but all in all, I found it a nice listen. I don't like whinny children whose parents are doing the best they can to make a better life for everyone as a whole.
Yes ... she sounded youthful, ambitious and had nice pacing.
It was just a bit 'slow' ... but that doesn't mean it wasn't good.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
Let me start by saying I liked this short story and I love the series.
I am disappointed and worried that many who have not read the series will read this first and believe that it is similar to what the series is like. The good writing is of course the same, but what makes the series so good is the concept of the story. Everyone can hear what every male is thinking including animals.
I believe this series to be better then the Hunger Games, it is certainly more original. Humans hunting humans for sport is not a new idea. Don't get me wrong I have read the first two books in the hunger games, plan on reading the third and believe them excellent books. I just like this better and believe it is not as popular because the main star is not female, and females read more then males. This prequel may even be the authors attempt to capture that audience.
So if you have read the series, you will enjoy this free story and if you have not you will enjoy, but remember, The Knife of Never Letting Go is awesome.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
It makes you want to find out the story. Great opening
She is the best. Male voice so great
Viola is a twelve year old child of space, traveling with her parents and their community to become settlers in a New World. No one remembers what it is like to live on land. Viola and her parents each have excellent skills and knowledge to make them a good choice as the scout ship that is sent to be the first to land on the planet. Viola is not really happy about her family being the first to go since other children in her class make fun of her and taunt that she will have no one to celebrate her 13th birthday.
Viola’s parents are very excited about their opportunity to select the landing site and establish the base for their people. Unfortunately Viola has a pretty bratty attitude about going even though her parents try to instill their hope in her. Viola has to deal with a lot of young emotions especially when the ship experiences trouble coming through the atmosphere.
Viola’s parents were so positive which was the exact opposite of their daughter. I found it difficult to relate to Viola’s bratty, sulky and depressed personality. The story is presented in first person from Viola's view which focused on her young, rebellious attitude. I did enjoy the set up of the world and the suspense which created interest in the series -- as long as Viola grows up a bit.
Audio Notes: I listened to this as a free Audible book. Angela Dawe does a reasonable job with the characters and maybe did too good of a job portraying the sulky attitude of Viola. This was a quick listen and it may be that reading it would not have created such a reluctance towards the primary character.
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This was a super short story, so it's hard to really rate it, but it was entertaining though all 24 pages of it.
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