I'm the only boy left in Prentisstown, and it stinks cuz men don't talk much to boys; I have the dam dog, but he's kinda stoopid and sorta thinks of poo and squirrels all day. In exactly one month I'll be a man and I'll do man stuff. We got 146 men and me, no women. I gotta listen to each of those men all day, all night cuz Noise is everywhere and all them thoughts are in my head all the dam time. Some guys just vanish cuz they just gotta get away. But there ain't nowhere to go.
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My Noise churns and bubbles like a stew on the boil till finally I have to stop for a minute to calm myself down a little.—From The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Source: Borrowed, see review policy)
There's just no such thing as silence. Not here, not nowhere. Not when yer asleep, not when yer by yerself, never. (p. 17)
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