I am trying to expand my horizons by reading outside the box and this YA was a defenite outside the box read. Chased by a madman preacher and his posse. Todd flees his settlement on a planet where war has killed off all the women and infected the men and animlas with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear. The noise is an opressive chaos of words, images and sounds and when Todd finds a hole in the noise he must keep the secret from the town and flees with his dog Manchee causing him to be persuded by the sheriff and his posse. Patrick Ness is a great writer and the novel is very suspenseful to the end and of course leaves you hanging so you must read the second book in the series. I suspended my disbelief and was transported in this great YA read.