The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
For those finding the future is dark and dystopian after reading the Hunger Games, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a great book to try next.
The first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy begins in Prentisstown, a small rural settlement in the New World where there are supposedly no women, and a virus contracted by the men means they can hear each other's thoughts all of the time. When the hero, Todd Hewitt, finds a spot of moving silence in the midst of the 'Noise', he is forced to run away from his home town and eventually finds the cause of the silence: a female. The first book in this trilogy is the story of their flight.
Exciting and original, this is a great book for teenagers and adults, and one you should read before the film comes out to get ahead of the hype!