Review: The New World, by Patrick Ness

Title: The New WorldThe New World
Author: Patrick Ness
Rating: 4/5 Stars

“In this dramatic prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking Trilogy, author Patrick Ness gives us a short story of Viola’s journey to the New World.” (description from Goodreads)


This was a good short story that has made me want to check out the rest of the trilogy that goes along with it. While I know it was a short story, I feel like I was left wanting just a little more at the end. At the same time, I understand that it’s more to lead you into the series and not to be a fully independent stand alone. Overall that didn’t alter my enjoyment of the story.

I really liked the concept that this was a group of people who grew up never knowing what living on a planet was like. In a way it’s the opposite of our view on most science fiction dealing with primarily with space travel. We’re a people who don’t know what it’s like to be in space or on a spaceship. The characters in this story never knew was it’s like to be on a planet, with real gravity, weather, a sun, etc. I think that’s one of the things that grew me into the story.

I hope the series explores this a little more, as well as gets as exciting as I feel it can get with the new experiences of planet-life can bring.


You can grab a copy of this story for FREE (at the time of posting) from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

The audio book is also free, from Amazon


About the Author:

Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy,The Crash of HenningtonTopics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.

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One response to “Review: The New World, by Patrick Ness

  1. Pingback: Quick Thoughts: “The New World” | The Cheap Reader

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