Title: The New World
Series: Chaos Walking, #0.5
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Short Story
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 27th, 2010
Length: 25 pages
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.
I was a bit concerned I wouldn’t fully be into the story, as it’s been ages since I read the Chaos Walking trilogy (which I adored). But it turns out I didn’t need to recall anything from that series- Ness weaves a beautiful story. It’s all the more heartbreaking if you already know the Chaos Walking trilogy, but you can easily read this one before the other books and not miss anything.
As with all Patrick Ness books, this one tugged the heartstrings. I didn’t quite cry (thank goodness, as I was on a plane full of strangers), but I did feel that heart-hurt for Viola. He’s also managed to capture the frustrations and conflicted emotions of teenagers very well, yet again. I recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Chaos Walking books.