In the settlement of Prentisstown the men’s and animals thoughts are broadcast, there are no women and Todd Hewitt is the only boy. He has been told that the original inhabitants released a virus during the war that killed the women and broadcast men’s thoughts. When he runs into a pocket of ‘quiet’, which leads him to a girl, his world tips, then turns completely upside down. It soon becomes apparent that almost everything he has been told is a lie.
Forced to flee for his life with the girl(Viola), and his dog (Manchee, a gift from his ‘parents’, that he did not want), Todd starts to learn the truth.
This is very dark story. Which means I hated it, but I also loved it, part of me wants a happy ending, part of me wants to see characters overcome conflict. Most of the characters are well drawn, there are some caricatures, but even these are not buffoonish and have personality. There is not a happy ending, it has a cliffhanger ending that will I hope lead perfectly into the next book.