“I’m wondering if the Spackle are back.
But that’s impossible.
But a hole in the Noise is impossible.
So something impossible has to be true.” – Todd Hewitt
This story is set in a world where every man and animals’ thoughts can be heard and seen, even whilst sleeping (this is called Noise) and when a boy turns 13 he has to turn into a man.
The protagonist, Todd, is a month away from his 13th birthday and is the only boy left in his town, Prentisstown, and suddenly everything is changing. He learns that the whole town has been lying to him about the Spackle war and the disappearance of all the women after he finds a surprise down at the swamp. Could this be his chance to get away from the Noise?
This book is for fiction fans as the situations Prentisstown, Todd and his new accomplices, and the whole of New World have to face seem very surreal but would also be interesting for non-fiction fans as the story is full of friendship, family, dictators, and war.
Although the place this book is set is very unrealistic, the challenges that New World faces can be related back to us as it can show how war can affect every town in its path. It also relates to refugees and their flee from home to a safe haven.
By the end of the book you will have fallen in love with all the many characters and their many personalities, even the bad guys. This book is written in a different style as the protagonist is uneducated and is it written how he would spell and speak. This makes the style of the book different from others and this is why I chose this to be my favourite book of 2015.
Written by Beth Cunningham.