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Patrick Ness – The New World

March 24, 2011

Short Story. The New World by Patrick Ness (2010)
Chaos Walking, prequel

Read my review of book:
1. The Knife of Never Letting Go
2. The Ask and the Answer
3. Monsters of Men

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Length: Short. Maybe ~20 pages?

Started / Finished: 12 March 2011

Where did it come from? Free Kindle download.
Why do I have it? Other than loving the Chaos Walking books and being a sucker for free Kindle content, you mean?

Summary: Viola has lived on a spaceship her entire life: the daughter of caretakers chosen to care for the cryogenically frozen settlers bound for the New World. Everyone – her parents, her friends, her teachers – seems excited about the possibility of living on a planet, but Viola’s not so sure… especially when she’s sent with her parents on an advance scouting mission that will get them to the New World months before everyone else. What if there’s something wrong with this place they’re destined to call home?

Review & Recommendation: The New World was a quick short story, and an interesting perspective on the events that happened immediately prior to The Knife of Never Letting Go. It’s particularly interesting because Viola doesn’t get her own POV chapters until The Ask and the Answer, so this story sheds a little more light on all of the things she was keeping to herself in the first book. It works okay as an intro to the series – not giving away any crucial reveals from book 1, and telling a complete story that will likely leave the newcomer wanting more… and anything that convinces more people to try the books is a-okay by me. But if you have the option, I’d actually recommend reading it between books 1 and 2. It’s a more meaningful story once you know who Viola is, and it hits the same theme of “hope” that forms the basis of TKoNLG, although from a slightly different angle. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Other Reviews: Alita Reads, Book Harbinger, There’s a Book
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First Line: “There it is,” my mother says, and what she means is that the dot we’ve been nearing for weeks, the one that’s been growing into a larger dot with two smaller dots circling it, has now become even larger than that, growing from a dot to a disc, shining back the light from its sun, until you can see the blue of its oceans, the green of its forests, the white of its polar caps, a circle of colour against the black beyond.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2011 8:28 am

    I must read this soon! I loved this series!

    • March 24, 2011 10:08 am

      Vivienne – It’s a quick read, and still fun even if not quite as incredible as the main series books. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. March 24, 2011 9:53 am

    I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THIS EXISTED. Thank you for fixing that!

    • March 24, 2011 10:10 am

      Lu – Heh, happy to be of service! I think it’s only available as a Kindle download, but if you don’t have a Kindle proper you can download the reader software for your computer/phone/whatever. And it’s free!

  3. March 24, 2011 10:18 am

    I have the first book and will have to look into this after I read it.

    • March 29, 2011 9:33 am

      bermudaonion – If you like the first book, it’ll be nice to have more – free! – reading on hand.

  4. March 24, 2011 11:46 am

    I have this, but still haven’t read the third book in the trilogy. Must remedy that!

  5. March 24, 2011 1:05 pm

    Thanks for the link love!

    I absolutely agree that it’s best to read between books 1 and 2 for that added perspective. I really enjoyed it and made a nice segue into the 2nd and 3rd with the different narrators easier to differentiate. I just finished the 3rd two nights ago, and wow! Incredible. I just love this series! If you haven’t listened to the audiobooks of the series you really should, they’re amazing!

    • March 29, 2011 9:35 am

      Danielle – I’ve got a friend who’s listening to the audiobook of the first book at the moment, and she’s absolutely loving them. I don’t usually (ever) go from finishing a print book right into the audio version, but I’m curious to see how they handle Noise on audio, and whether it lends a different slant to the story.

  6. March 24, 2011 2:54 pm

    I have The Knife of Never Letting Go sitting on my shelf, taunting me! Must dig into it one of these days…

    • March 29, 2011 9:36 am

      Sharry – If you need a “teaser” to get you hooked, you might want to try the short story first… it’s fast and will hopefully give you the kick needed to pull TKoNLG off the shelf.

  7. March 24, 2011 7:31 pm

    I keep forgetting this exists. I’ve gotta get myself in gear and read it!

    • March 29, 2011 9:36 am

      Memory – It doesn’t need to be very high gear… it’s so short, it shouldn’t take more than a half an hour to read.

  8. March 25, 2011 4:17 pm

    I definitely agree with reading it after the original books. I read it after book 3 (like 10 mins after – I couldn’t wait any longer) and loved getting Viola’s part of the first part of the story. It showed just how much she had grown by the end of the series.

    • March 29, 2011 9:37 am

      Alita – That’s very true; she definitely seemed like more of a kid in the short story, even though it doesn’t take place that long before the rest of the series.

  9. March 25, 2011 9:38 pm

    I thought it was interesting rereading the story after Monsters of Men came out — once we’ve actually met Bradley and Simone and know where the story’s going with them, it was cool to see them before they ever made it to Todd’s planet. But I agree with you that it’s a good read in between the first and second books.

    • March 29, 2011 9:38 am

      Jenny – That’s a good point about Bradley and Simone… I guess there are arguments for reading this story multiple times throughout the series! :)

  10. March 26, 2011 2:06 pm

    I recently read Knife of Never Letting Go and loved it. I really need to download this story. I think it’s time that I read it.

    • March 29, 2011 9:39 am

      Vasilly – Sounds like a plan! I hope you have fun with it – and with the next two books! (They’re equally fantastic as TKoNLG.)

  11. hackerman224 permalink
    January 5, 2012 7:04 pm

    finished and loved TKoNLG TAaTA and MOM (also reccomended extending beyond a trilogy to patrick)
    wishing i could read the new world but i dont have a kindle :'(

    • January 7, 2012 9:23 am

      You could download the Kindle reader for your computer? It’s not ideal but since it’s a short story, it wouldn’t be too hard on the eyes.

      • Hackerman224 permalink
        January 7, 2012 9:44 am

        cool, i’ll try.

  12. Sally permalink
    July 2, 2012 10:47 am

    Is there a 4th book in the series, or is it a triology?


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