Noise or "the Noise" is a disease which affects all animals and male humans on New World. Words and pictures can all be seen and heard in the Noise.

Apperance[edit | edit source]

In the film, the Noise appears like opalescent trailing smoke around a person's head when moving or an opalescent fog around a person's head when staying still. There is also black Noise in the film.

The color key of the Noise is single colored (a color per emotion) in the books and orange (posters) and opalescent (film) in the film adaptation. Mayor Prentiss' "I am the Circle and the Circle is me" appears as blue circles in the film and Aaron's Bible verses appear as opalescent with spikes of orange.

History[edit | edit source]

Pre-Series[edit | edit source]

Human settlers believed the Noise was caused by the native humanoids, the Spackle, which lead to the slaughter of many of these creatures. However, the Noise germ was already in the atmosphere when the settler ships landed.

Before the series started, the men of New Elizabeth (now know as Prentisstown) started to become suspicious of the women of their town as they had no Noise. The women had realized by then that something horrible was going to happen and tried to escape through the swamp, but many were caught by David Prentiss (later Mayor Prentiss) and were killed.

Chaos Walking trilogy[edit | edit source]

The Knife of Never Letting Go[edit | edit source]

Todd Hewitt is led to believe that the Noise germ killed all the women and half of the Men, released by the Spackle during the Spackle War.

Mayor Prentiss had found a way to utilise the Noise as an asset and use it as a weapon against people in many different ways, mostly doing so through mental exercises and repeating phrases such "I AM THE CIRCLE AND THE CIRCLE IS ME".

The Ask and the Answer[edit | edit source]

Con Ledger and the residents of Haven have found a cure for Noise, made from synthetic chemicals and a native plant with a natural neurochemical in it.

David rewards his male citizens with Haven's Noise cure for good work. He also all the elites have the cure. rendering them Noiseless, and all classes under the elites have Noise.

Monsters of Men[edit | edit source]

Todd Hewitt utilises the Noise and uses it against the Mayor to free Haven.

Other Times[edit | edit source]

Mayor Prentiss' exercises and phrases which can be heard from the Mayor's house at the start of The Knife of Never Letting Go and other various areas throughout the trilogy.

Chaos Walking (film)[edit | edit source]

Todd is first shown with the Noise when walking around the forest with Manchee (who is female in the film). When Aaron approaches him, Todd repeatedly thinks "I am Todd Hewitt I am Todd Hewitt" frantically to hide his real thoughts. Aaron then slaps Todd after Todd reveals his real thoughts. Later in Prentisstown, Todd then scares Davy by thinking "Snake" repeatedly and a large snake from Todd's thoughts throws Davy off of his horse.


Emotions[edit | edit source]

In the books, the Noise is colored based on an individuals' emotions.

  • Anger - red/black
  • Calm - blue/green
  • Pride - purple
  • Hate - black

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Spackle, the natives of New World, have evolved with the Noise.
  • In the film, it is stated that Aaron thought that Noise would be a decent education enough and that's why books are forbidden in Prentisstown, and the reason why Todd cannot read or write.

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Fan Art[edit | edit source]

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