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The riveting Chaos Walking trilogy by two-time Carnegie Medalist Patrick Ness, reissued with compelling new covers—and a bonus short story in each book.
“Grim and beautifully written. . . . Superb. . . . This is among the best YA science fiction novels of the year.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Reaching the end of their flight in The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?
Grim and beautifully written…uses a brilliant cast of well-developed characters and its singular setting and premise to present a provocative examination of the nature of evil and humanity. This is among the best YA science fiction novels of the year. —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An amalgamation of society’s most brutal facets—fascism, terrorism, torture, ethnic cleansing—with all kinds of relevance to our world… a relentless flurry of heavy-hitting issues, hinging on appeasement, complicity, and maintaining one’s morality in the face of impossible choices. —Booklist (starred review)
Provocative questions about gender bias, racism, the meaning of war and the price of peace are thoughtfully threaded throughout a breathless, often violent plot peopled with heartbreakingly real characters. —Kirkus Reviews
Ness takes his characters to new, dark places…the series continues to develop a fascinating world, and its fully formed characters and conflicts draw attention to difficult issues with a rare, unblinking candor. —The Horn Book
Packed with action and moral dilemmas, this compelling read presents two inspiring, strong characters who act bravely in the face of evil. —School Library Journal
Science-fiction fans, especially those who appreciate dark stories, will devour the first two novels, and they will eagerly await the conclusion to this planned trilogy. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Gripping story of two young people fighting to stay true to themselves and each other under terrible circumstances…stunningly clear depiction of the moral wreckage of civil war: power-lust, shifting loyalties, betrayals and seductive competing justifications for violence. —Wall Street Journal
Are revolutionaries the same as terrorists? That's not just a theoretical question as we watch the protagonists forced into taking sides, especially as the ship arrives from Viola's home planet. Once again, the final chapter zings. —Chicago Tribune
Ness is both accessible and sophisticated, handling big subjects — terrorism, feminism, genocide, love — in prose that is simple and heart-stopping. —Sunday Times (UK)
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More than a card.
More value than many other store-bought surprises (except a book!)
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Two types of honey now available in beautiful 12-oz jars:
Prairie Wildflowers -- unadulterally whatever the bees are inclined to like and Echinaea -- from Tim's special stash
It's been said that local honey is great for warding off bad germs and aiding in the relief of sinus/breathing difficulties. Regardless, it tastes great!
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Based on the Book ...
We are always delighted when someone sees a movie in the book, because now, millions of more people know about the book! It might have been a great film or it might have been a total dud.
But, read the book yourself to see just how good or different the original is!