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.
3/5 stars (liked it)
I found this book a while ago and have had it on my reading list for a while. Finally got a round to reading it. I thought it was very slow getting going and really it took until about the middle of the book for me to really start enjoying it. I think my favorite character in the book is Manchee (the dog). I hated how Todd treated Manchee even though the dog was so loyal to him. It really made me look at my dog differently after reading this. We really got to know Todd but we didn't get to know Viola nearly as much as I wanted to. I hope that we find more answers in the next books. I am planning to read the rest but I'm not overly eager to.