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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Review: The New World

The New World
The New World by Patrick Ness

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shamefully enough, I've never read the Chaos Walking series. It's on the list - very high up the list - so I will get to it, but that means that this is my first taste of this story.

Other reviews have complained that this is too short a glimpse of Viola's world prior to The Knife Of Never Letting Go. That may be the case - it certainly is a very short story - but personally, having never been exposed to these characters or this world, this worked perfectly as a prologue for me. I can understand perhaps being upset if you had paid for this story, but as it's free I don't see anything to complain about.

It's only a very, very short story, so there isn't much I can say without going in to specifics that might give things away. The characterisation is strong, though, and the world-building is enough that I want to know more about what's going on here. The Chaos Walking series has been on my To Read list for a long time, but after reading this it's just been bumped to the top.

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