Patrick Ness answers questions about his heart-pounding, multiple-award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy.
“Here’s what I think,” I say and my voice is stronger and thoughts are coming, thoughts that trickle into my noise like whispers of truth. “I think maybe everybody falls,” I say. “I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking.” I pull on her arms gently to make sure she’s listening.
“I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”
“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.
“Need a poo, Todd.”
“Poo. Poo, Todd.”
“I said shut it.”
“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”
“But a knife ain’t just a thing, is it? It’s a choice, it’s something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ” Continue reading
Entertainment company Lionsgate have bought the film rights to the teen book series Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness. Lionsgate are the company behind the upcoming Hunger Games film adaptation and indeed many news outlets have today led with suggestions that Ness’ dystopian series might be the “next Hunger Games“.
The adaptation will be produced by Doug Davison (How to Train Your Dragon, The Grudge) and his label Quadrant Pictures.
The thrilling and terrifically written first book in the trilogy, The Knife of Never Letting Go is set in the New World and follows young teenage boy Todd Hewitt. It won the 2008 Guardian Award, Booktrust Teenage prize and James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was shortlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal. Its sequel, The Ask and the Answer won the 2009 Costa Children’s Fiction prize and was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Proving that the third time’s a charm, the last book in the series, Monsters of Men, won the 2011 Carnegie Medal.