After having this book sit on my bookshelf for years, I have finally gotten round to reading it. By audiobook. From my library. Yes I am the person who will pay actual money for a book and then end up reading it on a platform that was free to me from the beginning, and yes I am ashamed.
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? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
I think that this book was okay, the plot was good as the characters had no idea what to do either. I liked that there was no grand plan for these characters so that there was no way of predicting what was going to happen next. The downside though was that is seemed to take forever to get anywhere as there were many detours on the path to nowhere.
There’s so much wonder in the world. Don’t let no one tell you otherwise.
The characters in this book were in either too flawed or too competent so that while overall the impression was that these characters were well written, but on a case-by-case basis, no character was particularly good. I found the protagonist Todd Hewitt fundamental incompetent and yet a ‘chosen one’ character for no good reason.