My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Okay. I admit it. I read this book as soon as I heard Mads Mikkelsen was cast to play the Mayer.
However – PATRICK NESS IS A GENIUS!! At first as I was unsure if I would get used to the writing style, as it’s not your average book.
Let me start by telling you the reason for the layout. All the men (as there are no women in Prentisstown) can hear each others thoughts. So throughout the book people’s thoughts materialise as different font, bolder or bigger and strewn across pages. It makes it for a more versatile read and even though I was hesitant on it at first – I really really enjoyed the style by the end.
For a book that gripped me all the way through and had so much HAPPEN in it, I was surprised it took me so long to read. Nearly a week – whereas a book which I enjoyed so much could be as little as four hours.
However maybe I subconsciously knew how good this was going to be and wanted to savour it? IDK however, what I do know is that this was a landmark read for me. It had be cry multiple times, I feel Patrick Ness has such a way to pull at your heartstrings – he is the ultimate puppet master.
We follow our last boy in Prentisstown Todd who has 30 days until he is a man. He has a dog called Manchee who he never wanted and he lives with Ben and Cillian who are his adoptive parents since the Spackle disease which killed all the women and made every thought prominent to everyone else. He finds something unusual in the swamp, something which gets picked up in his Noise and since then he is forced to flee his home and make a run for it to another settlement which he never knew existed until the minute he was fleeing.
This adventure is a whirlwind with such a good cast of characters and pace and ughgh Manchee. I didn’t think I was going to love this book, but I wish I had picked it up before. Also Mads is going to be such a suave Mayer I am scared already for his performance. The same for Tom Holland as our Todd – I think he’s going to do a fantastic job, I’ve just seen him in Spiderman and boy that boy can act – and act well.
I think one of my favourite parts was this:
Also a side note- I do believe Ben and Cillian are a couple, I do – the vibe and the pure, raw relationship which seemed so profound in those few scenes or conversations we had about the both of them – I really believe that to be true!
And how cute is this scene I found on deviant art by STkidd? You can check out their work here.
Ugh – I do love that bloody dog.