Author Patrick Ness has become a worldwide sensation with the release of his highly-acclaimed Chaos Walking series – The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and The Answer. Todd Hewitt is 13 years old and the youngest boy in Prentiss Town, a harsh and brutal place where men can hear each other’s thoughts, and where there are no women. Todd’s only friend is his talking dog, Manchee, until they stumble across a place in the swamp where there is no noise – and discover Viola. Together they flee to Haven from the violent army of men determined to hunt them down, but Haven is not the refuge they had hoped it would be.
While the idea of ‘noise’ is creative and original, the books’ real substance is in the conflicts that occur in Todd’s mind, the decisions he makes on his way to becoming a man, and in the questions Patrick Ness raises in the readers’ minds about the reasons for war. The third book in the series – Monsters of Men – is due to be released in the UK, Ireland and Australia in May this year.
Patrick will be touring New Zealand and Australia in February and March this year. In Queensland he will be presenting a public lecture at Queensland University of Technology on 15 March at 6pm, and he will also be presenting at the Somerset Celebration of Literature Festival – 17-19 March on the Gold Coast. Check the Walker Books website for more details.