"The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say." Todd's dog, Manchee, was a gift for his twelfth birthday. Todd would much rather have gotten something useful, like a knife.
Todd is one month away from his thirteenth birthday, and his manhood ceremony, when he discovers a new person in the marsh outside of town. This event soon leads to a run for his life and Todd learns that much of what he thought he knew was lies.
I read this in one sitting -- it's the kind of book that doesn't let you go. Be prepared for a cliff-hanger ending. Book 2 of Chaos Walking, The Ask and the Answer, is to be published in Canada later this year.