The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking, Book One)
Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown, still one month away from his thirteenth birthday. Then everyone will be men. Years ago the Spackle, the natives on New World, released a germ that killed all the women and gave the men Noise—all their thoughts and emotions sent out for all to hear and see. Animals have Noise too. This is just the way things are. But then Todd discovers a silence in the swamp. Something without Noise. When he tells Ben and Cillian, the men who raised him after his Ma died, their reaction is swift, unexpected, and terrifying. They say he must leave. Even with Noise, men can lie. And the lie all the men in Prentisstown have been keeping from Todd is bigger than anything he can believe.
Set in a world like ours but with unique differences, this book introduces a future and a new world that are frighteningly possible. With talking animals, strange creatures, a distinctive vocabulary, people both kind and hostile, Todd’s journey into the unknown is full of both danger and wonder. Be sure to have book two on hand to continue the story! Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy unusual world-building and stories about the future.