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The New World (Chaos Walking 0.5)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  8,217 Ratings  ·  896 Reviews
In this dramatic prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking Trilogy, author Patrick Ness gives us a short story of Viola's journey to the New World.
Kindle Edition, 25 pages
Published September 27th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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Peter It probably doesn't really matter, although reading this "book" (really just a chapter) first might take away some of the suspence of the first part…moreIt probably doesn't really matter, although reading this "book" (really just a chapter) first might take away some of the suspence of the first part of the main book. Or it might add to the anticipation.(less)
Pam Baddeley I think it must depend on the edition you have (re Rebekah's answer below) as it is not in the UK Walker Books paperback, and I checked all 3 volumes.

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Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
last quickie, i promise...

after this, i will stay for breakfast and all that. meet the folks.

this is a tiny story, filling in the gaps of viola's life before crash-landing in the swamp, meeting todd, and having terrible and wonderful adventures. it's kind of heartbreaking, seeing her here, and knowing what lies ahead for her, you know? it's nice to get a sense of her family dynamic before she is so roughly removed from it, but i can't help myself from wanting a whole lot more from these characte
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
*** 3 ***

I decided to start this series with this very short prequel novella. We met Viola and her parents, space traveling to a new planet ahead of the rest of their colony, all preparing to settle on a planet after living in space for a long while. Viola is only 13 and she acts like it. I have to hope that after the devastating occurrences in this story she will grow and develop as a character in the series to follow. Let see where we go from here 🙂.
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Serial readers with ADD

⏩ You crash landed on a strange planet.
⏩ Your parents are dead.
⏩ You have no means to contact the mother ship.
⏩ You don't know what is more frightening- not finding any signs of life or coming into contact with a strange civilization- humans, no less.

But, Viola, you'll meet someone. Yes, you'll.

Kwesi 章英狮
I read the first book of the Chaos Walking series and too bad I did not like it. When I saw the free e-book in Barnes and Noble I did not hesitate to download it because I want to read it again, give it a chance it deserves. So far, I like how Viola Eade survive before their adventure begun. It was a great mystery in the beginning of the book and this answered everything I need to know about Viola.

I did not like Will Todd and how he approach the whole journey, I don't know how he survive by hidi
Dannii Elle
This is a prequel short story to the Chaos Walking trilogy and can be found here.

This is less of a prequel and more of a describing of events from an alternative character's viewpoint. Viola Eades is travelling with her family, via spaceship, to the new world they are hoping to inhabit. They have been chosen as the leading family to begin terraforming the new land in preparation for the rest of their community's arrival. Viola is less than thrilled about their task.

Whilst this was an enjoyable e
Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
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Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, e-book
Kratka priča koja predstavlja perquel događajima koji su usledili neposredno nakon njenog završetka. Sobzirom ako bilo šta kažem otkriću deo radnje originalne triologije, odnosno njenog prvog dela, reći ću samo da perquel daje jedan potpuniji psihološki profil Viole Id i donekle objašnjava neke njene postupke kasnije.

Patrick Ness je i kroz ovu kratku formu uspeo da me zadovolji kao čitaoca nedopuštajući mi da priču prekinem dok ne dođem do njenog (unapred poznatog) kraja.

Veoma emotivno napisano
Shannon (leaninglights)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a tear-jerker! Gahhh
Eleni Ouzouni
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-novels
Ιnteresting short story about Viola past!
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pure-awesomeness
Set before the events of The Chaos Walking Trilogy, The New World is a fabulous short story that makes for a great introduction to the series. I loved Chaos Walking Trilogy. I don't think I've ever read a better YA trilogy. EVER.

Patrick Ness is a wonderful storyteller. His writing is electrifying and insanely compelling. I recommend this short story, as well as The Chaos Walking Trilogy, to not only every YA fan out there, but to everyone who enjoys great books, filled with well-drawn character
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult, Science Fiction fans
*wipes tears*

I now have Hope.

What a wonderful start to a series. Young Viola is traveling with her parents to settle a New World. Viola is not happy about her family being chosen to be the first on this world, but she is making do.

I enjoyed how the story flipped back and forth to Viola's life before the voyage and her life on board the ship.

I will definitely be looking at reading this series soon.
Ashley Daviau
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great introduction to the Chaos Walking series and I quite enjoyed getting to know more about how Viola arrived to the New World. She was one of my favourite characters in the first book so I was excited once I started reading this and realized it was from her perspective. It was great to get the whole story of her arrival and all in all, I really enjoyed this story!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This series is so damn sad. The characters can't catch a break anywhere :c
Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
3 stars

The New World is a nice, short novella which ultimately feels a bit redundant.

I was hoping that this prequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go would expand the universe a bit more, or explain certain events before the books started (such as the settling process, the war etc), so I was slightly disappointed.

The story focuses on Viola and her trip to the New World, and since we already know what has happened, it failed to bring anything new to the story.

I wish that it would have shown us mor
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z2015, childrens, novella, ya
It was so nice to get a glimpse into Viola's life before she met Todd. I presumed she was a nice quiet girl before she met Todd but the short story showed me she was actually quite different. It was a great short story and the writing was brilliant (like it usually is). I would definitely recommend it.
Maine Caulfield
Dec 25, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: x-quick-reads
DNF at page 8.

I just couldn’t get into this story.
I saw it was free on NOOK, so I went in without even reading what it was about. Not the book for me.
This was so good!! I held my breath for most of it and I’m glad we find out more about how Viola came to New World and what happens to her family. This series is just great!
Veronica Morfi
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was nothing like what I expecting and... I loved it! :)

The story is really great and it made me want to read the next one right away...although I don't own it.

It's the story of how Viola left her home, a space convoy, and head to the new world. With her parents, they are the first to arrive there, but nothing goes as planned!

I'm going to get the next book as soon as I can, I want to know more about this story. Also I loved the authors writing, although it's in present time which I'm never
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my fucking kids😩😪
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I began the 1st book just moments ago, then paused to read this freebie first. He is such a spectacular writer. I already feel myself falling into Knife of Never Letting Go.

I’m happy I had the opportunity to read this first.

(Free through Barnes & Noble!)
John Velo
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Right from the start, I knew this short story is gonna end up sad because it's about the events that took place before Viola and her parents' ship land into a crash in New World but somehow, reading it and seeing the story happen before my eyes made things even sadder. This series really have a lot of sadness, tragedy, and chaos in it but...there's always HOPE and that's what I love about it.

A tragic introduction to the beginning of events in the more tragic Knife of Never Letting Go.

Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This broke my heart a little bit. In the main trilogy the death of Viola's parents is not really discussed. Here it is spoken through. It made me empathise with her a whole lot more in relation to her behaviour in the first book. I have a whole new level of respect for her.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, read-2015
Chaos Walking is easily one of my favorite YA series and I was thrilled to find it continued with The New World. This story takes us back to a time parallel to the start of The Knife of Letting Go, when Viola and her family are just setting off in their scout ship to scope out their new planet. Viola is a talented and intelligent, but she is very obviously displeased at the impending changes in her life. She is both fears and resents it, as life on the ship is all she's ever known.

The imagery he
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
The New World is a quick and short read, only 23 pages, and tells about the life of Viola and her parents before they landed in New World. I have only just recently explored the dystopian-fiction genre and so the futuristic theme takes quite a while getting used to, but the simple, engaging prose makes it easier for me to adapt to the “New World scene”.

I have grown to love Viola in The Knife and reading The New World , which is told through Viola’s voice, is very refreshing. The New World b
Janie Johnson
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
So my friend Kathryn reminded me of this series that I had actually forgotten about, and now that I got this one free, thanks to Kathryn as well, we decided to test it out and see if we will like the series. And I gotta say this was plenty enough to get me interested in the next installment, The Knife of never letting Go.

So this one is the beginning of all of it, and wow is all I can say. There was excitement from the moment I started reading it. The characters are well defined and real, and sin
Jessica Olson
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novellas
“But in my chest, there was still fear, and I didn’t know which kind it was. Fear with hope, or fear without it.”

In this story we are with Viola Eade.
Viola, who according to the first book in the series, known as orphan girl because her parents died when the spaceship crashed. We never knew what happened, how, and when. We find out about it all in this story.
During this short story, we jump between past and present.

Patrick Ness, which is known as an amazing writer, teaches us a very smart less
Nathalia Borghi
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I should've known that a novella by Patrick Ness wouldn't just be a simple introduction to the New World. But I sure as hell wasn't expecting all this. I wasn't expecting the gut wrenching parts when Viola was chosen to be the first new settler. I wasn't expecting so much detail and emotion.
Erik Fazekas
Poviem to takto, kebyže je to samostatná poviedka, asi si ju nikdy neprečítam, takto na konci knihy som ju prečítal.
Oproti prvému dielu nič moc, ale čo to nám to povie o Viole, možno to aj vysvetľuje, prečo je celú prvú tretinu knihy vlastne ticho. Ale keď si ju neprečítate, asi o nič neprídete.
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Patrick Ness: “Wow, wasn’t that a fun ride haha. Did you feel enough pain reading TKONLG? Well, guess what...HERE’S MORE.”

Does he even know how to write happy??
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ordinarily I probably would have skipped reading this. However, it was at the back of my copy of the first book and it was short so I figured why not. I actually nearly skipped it, but I skimmed the text and saw Viola's name and decided to read.

Is it mandatory? No. But it does give more backstory for Viola and how she came to New World.
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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co
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‘And what if the air tastes of honey? What if there’s so much food we all get too fat? What if the sky is so beautiful we don’t get any work done because we’re all looking at it too much?”
“The sound when we crash is so loud it's almost impossible.” 9 likes
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