The way this book starts out will probably make those familiar with scifi classics anticipate parallels with A Boy and his Dog (book, forget the movie), and there are indeed a few common elements. The plot line however, is entirely different. In this first of the series, our protagonist is a boy growing up in a world where everyone and everything broadcasts telepathic thoughts. It’s also a world with a typical pseudo-religious madman, a town where all the men are driven half mad between the constant barrage of each other’s rambling thoughts and depression about how all the women died off from virus in the past. Things get quickly mixed up when one day, the boy discovers two entirely new things – a place there’s no thoughts – and a girl.
I picked this one up last night, and finished it in the early AM. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series, since this one ends at a pretty unpleasant cliffhanger.