Could you imagine a world where you always hear the thoughts of everyone nearby? Your parents? Your neighbors? Your friends? Because of an alien germ, male residents of the intergalactic colony city Prentisstown can hear each others’ every thought. Despite the difficulty of doing so in a town where people can hear each other think, Prentisstown still hides its biggest secret. When Todd Hewitt discovers the secret on his thirteenth birthday, he knows he has to run for his life. But how can he hide when his pursuers can hear his thoughts? First of a trilogy.