The New World (FREE prequel short story)

The New World (FREE prequel short story)

by Patrick Ness

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ISBN-13: 9780763656492
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/27/2010
Series: Chaos Walking Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 62,679
File size: 427 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

I was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia. But I only stayed there for the first four months of my life and have never even been back to the East Coast of America. Since then, I’ve lived in Hawaii, Washington, California, and England.

I’ve only ever really wanted to be a writer. I studied English Literature at the University of Southern California, and when I graduated, I got a job as a corporate writer at a cable company in Los Angeles, writing manuals and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California, Garlic Festival. I got my first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on my first novel when I moved to London in 1999. I’ve lived here ever since. I taught Creative Writing at Oxford University for three years, usually to students older than I was. I write for one of the U.K. national papers, and I’ve also been writer in residence for Booktrust. Anything and everything to do with writing, that’s how I want to make my life.


I made up stories all the time when I was young, though I was usually too embarrassed to show them to anybody. That’s okay if you do that; when you’re ready, you’re ready. The important thing is to keep writing.

For young adults, I’ve written A Monster Calls, More Than This, and the Chaos Walking trilogy: The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and The Answer, and Monsters of Men. I’ve also written two books for adults, a novel called The Crash of Hennington and a short story collection called Topics About Which I Know Nothing, a title that seemed funny at the time but less so 10,000 mentions later.

Here’s a helpful hint if you want to be a writer: When I’m working on a first draft, all I write is 1,000 words a day, which isn’t that much (I started out with 300, then moved up to 500, now I can do 1,000 easy). And if I write my 1,000 words, I’m done for the day, even if it only took an hour (it usually takes more, of course, but not always). Novels are anywhere from 60,000 words on up, so it’s possible that just sixty days later you might have a whole first draft. The Knife of Never Letting Go is 112,900 words and took about seven months to get a good first draft. Lots of rewrites followed. That’s the fun part, where the book really starts to come together just exactly how you see it, the part where you feel like a real writer.

Three Things You Might Not Know About Me:

1. I have a tattoo of a rhinoceros.

2. I’ve run three marathons.

3. Under no circumstances will I eat onions.

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The New World (FREE short story) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 321 reviews.
Maplepie98 More than 1 year ago
Ok the series this book is from is great fabulus any good describing words fit this series. So you should definitly read this then the other three books in the Trilology! Here are the other books The Knife Of Never letting Go The Ask and the Answer Monsters of Men By Patrick Ness
RichardS71 More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of short fiction. The good old classics were short fiction. I hate how not many writers these days want to write short fiction. Who in their right mind wants to read a hundred and fifty page book? Not me. A fifty page book is more to my liking. That's what this book is. It is what a book should be. Short. Dramatic. And entertaining. I suggest everybody read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not recommend this book unless youve at least read book 1 of the chaos walking trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. I'd recomend it to anyone whos read the chaos walking series or is planning on reading it. Very insightful on Viola's journey to the new world, it lets the reader fully understand how she must have felt when she first met Tom.
chicagirl_112 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great starter for the series. It is a good book for people who want to read the series. This book is also good for people who like adventure and "fantasy". I would recommend this book to a child or young adult who is interested in fantasy and such.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has definitely made me want to read the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just read the other series bla bla bla im just upset that i actcidentally deleted my really awesome post that i made so to keep it short this time it made me cry i loved it and i spent an hour on my other review that was really thought out and awesome i hate you x in the top right corner you have been cursed you reched x and you will be misurable for the rest of your life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great adventure. The book is thrilling and a most read for people who like fast books and short stories.
DRBBASS More than 1 year ago
Tiring only scene worth reading was the crash scene.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good! The series it comes from is amazing, and this adds so much to it! Reading it you know about Viola and her story but this book adds so much so you can really see "ya thats why she did that" and you understand it so much more. However you can read this without reading the rest of the series if you are someone who doesnt want to read a long book or read the language in them(it doesn't have bad language like the series)..overall I loved the book and suggest it for anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will have my 12 & 9 year old children read this. I know they will love it. Even my "i dont like reading" son who has to read for school will like this and hopefully want to read the trilogy.
babyflower11 More than 1 year ago
When I started to read this, I was like okay, but once you read a little bit more, the author keeps you in. I was totally freaking out for the character. Overall, amazing short story filled with adventure. Can't wait to find out more about what happens when I read the trilogy.
Ry_Ry More than 1 year ago
I highly suggest you read the novels first. Or at least the first one. The novels really draw you in far better than this does, and since it is so short, I believe it relies on the fact that you love the series for you to love this. It was written pretty good, and had that same great Patrick Ness flair that I love. My only qualm other than how short it was, is that at times, I wouldn't expect Viola to be like this, BUT you have to realize that this is before her whole ordeal on the New World. What I do enjoy is that it is free, and gives us a good look as to how Viola got here, and how the space ship crashed, and just a nice beginning to start the novels along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun five minutes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe that is to short ik its a short story per say but im tired of getting in to a book knowing whats going to happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exactly is this about?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait to read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters, conversations and emotions seem real. Felt like it could really have happen. I didn't want it to end. Enjoyable short read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I got was not a short story - it was a one page sample and when it said I was at the end of my sample & aske me to buy it for $0.00 and I tired it said I already owned it - uggh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great....do we just wonder forever or what .......
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful! I wish there was more!