The Knife of Never Letting Go

In YA Book Reviews on July 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm


by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking Book 1)

Dystopian Sci-Fi/@2008/479 pages/Recommend Ages 12+

Publisher’s Comments (Goodread):

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.

First Line: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don;t got nothing much to say. About anything.”

My Thoughts:

This book is well written and engaging. It starts off fairly calm and then the reader is catapulted into a plot of practically non-stop action. It does have a good deal of violence, including one particular scene with the dog, that drives the plot and ignites the reader with a barrage of feelings and reactions. The dystopian setting with its Noise and people who can read each other’s minds is unique and thought provoking. The story is narrated by Todd Hewitt, the last boy in Prestisstown, who is on the brink of becoming a man and running for his life. It makes for quite the story!   With its amazing cast of  characters  and so many life lessons, this book really packs a punch. I can’t wait to read the remaining books in the trilogy.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Other Books in the Chaos Walking Series: The Ask and the Answer (Book 2) and Monsters of Men (Book 3)

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