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