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The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy

Written by: Patrick Ness
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
Length: 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
Price: CDN$ 0.00

Publisher's Summary

The New World is a prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. The story was written while the author served as writer in residence for the Booktrust an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.

The New World tells of Viola's journey to the New World, brilliantly capturing the hope and fear of settlers in search of a new life. Patrick Ness says that he wrote it "as a huge and deeply-felt thank you to readers. I've had so many questions about Viola and what her life was like before that I couldn't resist the opportunity to reveal just a little bit extra. I knew these things - they're vitally important to her as a character, even if they're not directly in the novels - so it felt like a secret trip I could take readers on. The challenge was to make it work on its own, too, so anyone could read it. That was really, really good fun, and I hope the final result is an exciting one."

The New World can be listened to before or after the trilogy – and some may choose to do both. The story works as a standalone piece, but listeners already familiar with The Knife of Never Letting Go will learn more about Viola’s life and the events leading to her arrival and first encounter with Todd, while newcomers to the trilogy will discover a white-knuckle ride of an introduction to the series. Whether you're a new or faithful listener, though, it's a welcome chance to immerse yourself in the world of Chaos Walking.

©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good read.

This prequel is great, very interesting setting.I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series. The accents were a little distracting though.

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  • Carrie Fletcher
  • 2012-09-02

Interesting ... contemplative ...

Would you try another book from Patrick Ness and/or Angela Dawe?

I think I should .. or would.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story was a bit dragged out but all in all, I found it a nice listen. I don't like whinny children whose parents are doing the best they can to make a better life for everyone as a whole.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Angela Dawe?

Yes ... she sounded youthful, ambitious and had nice pacing.

Was The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy worth the listening time?

It was just a bit 'slow' ... but that doesn't mean it wasn't good.

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  • Cristy G
  • 2012-01-01

Great start..

Wow!.. What an exciting start. If THE NEW WORLD is truly a good representation of what’s to come in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, then I’m excited to jump into the series and find out what the future holds for Viola.

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  • Anthony
  • 2016-06-11

Good beginning

At this point I think it's totally a ya novel. Still I've enjoyed it, suppose that's the Peter Pan in me. It's enough that I'm going to go back and take another look at Book 1 to see where it may lead.
There's no reason not to try at least this Prequel after all....it's free and worth your 3/4 hour time.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2012-09-09

Good, but misleading

Let me start by saying I liked this short story and I love the series.

I am disappointed and worried that many who have not read the series will read this first and believe that it is similar to what the series is like. The good writing is of course the same, but what makes the series so good is the concept of the story. Everyone can hear what every male is thinking including animals.

I believe this series to be better then the Hunger Games, it is certainly more original. Humans hunting humans for sport is not a new idea. Don't get me wrong I have read the first two books in the hunger games, plan on reading the third and believe them excellent books. I just like this better and believe it is not as popular because the main star is not female, and females read more then males. This prequel may even be the authors attempt to capture that audience.

So if you have read the series, you will enjoy this free story and if you have not you will enjoy, but remember, The Knife of Never Letting Go is awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-18

absolutely amazing

i might be a bit biased, since i love the series so much, but i did find this book quite enjoyable to hear being read. although, i wish the reader sounded more genuine/emotional. to me, she sounded like one of the computer generated voices. besides that, this book is a masterpiece and i thoroughly enjoyed listening.

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  • bluepits73
  • 2018-10-22

Just a Taste

The narration was excellent.

This prequel was quick and did a good job of giving some back story of what the series is about and how the main character got to the new planet. If this little nugget is representative of the trilogy, then I am very much looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in the series. Great writing!

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  • Baytown Mom
  • 2018-07-23

Really short.

48 minutes including the copywrite. I hope the books that this prequel comes from are worth the audible price.

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  • Jerry B Hood Jr
  • 2018-07-14

Short but awesome

Angela Dawe really does an outstanding job as viola in this short prequel. This books takes place before the knife of letting go and up to the introduction of viola. It'll only take you less than an hour and will satisfy your need for more story to this amazing series. if only the other two short stories had been made into audio books

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  • Clifford Reynolds
  • 2018-06-07

fabulous

I only wish it were longer. just as good as the trilogy. keep writing, Patrick

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  • LINDA HARMONY
  • 2018-02-10

Looking forward to hearing the other books!

Looking forward to hearing the other books in this series. I am hooked after listening to this as an introduction.