by Patrick Ness – Book 1 of the Chaos Walking series.
This book is really well-written and intense, gritty and violent, ending with the kind of cliffhanger that compelled me to start book 2 in this trilogy immediately. Luckily, I have the whole trilogy. In truth, I suspect that all three are really one longer story, marketed as three shorter books because of, well, marketing. If I had been a consumer who had to wait for the sequels to come out, I might have been peeved with the completely unsatisfying ending of this book. As it is, there’s damn little happiness or light. I can only hope for some later, perhaps in book 3. (finished 1/26/15)