Chaos Walking

7 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 3,305 ratings

The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy Publisher's 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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  • Book 0

    • The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 693
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 614

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting ... contemplative ...

    • By Carrie Fletcher on 09-02-12

    Regular price: $0.00

  • 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 25
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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
    • Really, really good!

    • By Leila on 08-27-12

    Regular price: $27.97

    • The Knife of Never Letting Go

    • Chaos Walking, Book 1
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,278
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,128

    Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him - something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Really interesting world but seriously messed up

    • By Howard on 05-24-12

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 2

    • The Ask and the Answer

    • Chaos Walking, Book 2
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
    • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 683
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 601
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596

    Reaching the end of their flight in The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • “We are the choices we make.”

    • By Cristy G on 01-22-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Ask and the Answer

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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....

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  • Book 3

    • Monsters of Men

    • Chaos Walking, Book 3
    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Angela Dawe, MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 604
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 543
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 542

    As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best book in the trilogy

    • By Fay on 10-04-12

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Monsters of Men

    • By: Patrick Ness
    • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
    • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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….

    Regular price: $27.97