"The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say. About anything."
This is the first sentence of the book. It's a somewhat strange start to a very strange book. Set in a world where men's thoughts are available for anyone to hear the main character, Todd, is in for a crazy adventure. He is sent away from the only village he's ever known to warn the rest of the planet about something he doesn't even know. He meets the first girl he's ever seen, blows things up, loses people he cares deeply about and learns a little bit about himself.
At first I thought this book was going to be long and boring. It took a while to get going and is written in such a hard dialect that I almost didn't give it the chance it deserved. But by the end I was hooked. Todd and his girl are both compelling characters, the villains are truly terrifying and the world both alien and familiar at the same time.
If you like science fiction, dystopia or coming of age epics then this may be the book for you. I'm not sure but I think it's young adult but I've never let that stop me in the past. I think it will appeal to both boys and girls and highly recommend it.