The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

Synopsis: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not - stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

Review: SUCH an interesting read! I haven’t read anything quite like it. It took me a little bit to become familiar with the writing style, which definitely has it’s own flare! This book has it all though, characters you love and villains too!

Todd Hewitt! Wow… he really does do a lot of growing in this book. And more than just the litteral translation of that (I am going to be a man in 30 days business), he starts off as a naive boy. Someone who believes everything he has been told about Prentisstown. He is sheltered and ignorant and I even think a little bit unlikeable to start off with. I start off loving Manchee way more than I liked Todd. He evolves throughout the story, becoming stronger, braver and more mature and he really blossums into someone you feel very protective of.

If I am honest, I probably didn’t love Viola’s character as much? I think she was great as far as companions go, and I liked her backstory, but I didn’t connect to her on an emotional level like I ended up feeling about Todd.

Manchee. Oh Manchee. My love for him started with “Poo, Todd?”. It reminds me of my dog. lol

And Aaron!! Oh my…. I haven’t had so much hate and disgust for a character for a long long time! Stop coming back to life Aaron! Sheesh. Stay down already!

There are so many things that excite me about this book, because I know it’s leading on to bigger and better things. At times it broke my heart, at other times it was a bit more cruisy (being the first of 3 books, a lot of it was setting the story up), and then there were some amazing action scenes in it also that had me turning page after page and hoping that it wasn’t going to end badly.

I don’t talk much about the ACTUAL story line in this review because it’s one of those story that builds and builds and if I say something about one part it could possibly end up a spoiler of sorts, but the story line itself is solid and captivating.

I am really looking forward to reading the sequel The Ask and The Answer, which I will be starting shortly. Patrick Ness has done such an amazing book in creating these wonderfully detailed characters that you litterally love or hate.

Rating: 5 out of 5

What do you think?

  • karen says:

    I hadn’t heard of this book before. I sounds fascinating.

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