The Knife of Never Letting Go
It is almost impossible to keep a secret in Prentisstown because everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of mental Noise. The germ that made this happen to all the men killed all the women in Prentisstown. Todd is the last boy, and as he approaches the birthday when he will become a man, he finds out that Prentisstown has a secret that is so horrible that he must leave immediately and run for his life. While on the run, Todd meets a girl, Viola, and together they discover that there is nowhere to hide when everyone can hear your thoughts.