I have not actually read this book, but had looked up the plot with the intention of eventually reading it; unfortunately, I forgot the title.

The book takes place in the future, I believe on another planet where colonists have recently settled. However, there was a disease or something else in the environment of the planet that resulted in everyone's thoughts becoming uncontrollably public. However, a boy accidentally discovers a lone patch of silence somehow generated by a girl. The fact that he discovered silence was unacceptable, and as such he had to escape from his community. Furthermore, I think his community was exclusively male- the females might have been wiped out by the same thing that caused the forced telepathy.

I'm not entirely sure when this could have been written, but I feel that it is a more modern book.


This is the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness, specifically the first novel in the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Chaos Walking is a young adult science fiction series by the U.S.-born British novelist Patrick Ness. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other's thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. The series is named after a line in the first book: "The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking." The series consists of a trilogy of novels and three short stories.

The three novels feature two adolescents, Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade, who encounter various moral issues and high stakes as the planet around them erupts into war. The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008) begins with Todd being forced to flee his town after discovering a patch of silence, free of Noise.

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