30 August 2012

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness




The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Chaos Walking #1
Release Date: October 22, 2008
Publisher: Walker
Source: Bought
Rating: Essential

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks.

Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World?

Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is. - Goodreads


An older book, that every one of you has probably read already, but I wanted to share my thoughts on it. This was recommended to me by Daph, after it had been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year, and last month I finally got around to reading it.

The Knife of Never Letting Go was so much fun to read, and I ended up loving it just as much as I had expected to, given the hype surrounding it. Patrick Ness has created a wonderful world to set his story, and one of the best parts of the book was the various settings we were introduced to throughout the novel.

The writing style is very different to anything I have read before. This is set in a futuristic society, that isn't even all that futuristic as people seem to have gone back to humanity's roots, and the people in this novel have their own original take on the English language. It took me a couple of chapters to get used to the writing style, but it took less time than I would have expected because the story and characters sucked me in.

This book is also fantastic because it has more adventure and action than romance, something that I adored about it. I think it could be enjoyed immensely by any gender, given the focus on the story rather than a love interest.

The Knife of Never Letting Go was a thrilling ride, and I cannot wait to read the sequel. I bought The Ask and the Answer a while ago, and while I'm not planning on reading it until I buy Monsters of Men, I am so excited to dive back in!

The Chaos Walking Trilogy:
1. The Knife of Never Letting Go
2. The Ask and the Answer
3. Monsters of Men

18 comments:

  1. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. It is sure to make for an amazing read.

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  2. I haven't read this yet! Everyone seems to love it, I feel like I'm missing out. Even though I adore romance in books I don't mind if it's not the main focus. Hopefully I will be able to read this soon!

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    1. So I wasn't the last to read it! Oh my GAWD, you must read it soon XD

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  3. One of my favourite series of books ever! And I felt all the feelings during this one.

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    1. Dude. I wasn't expecting to care this much about a certain canine...

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  4. I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. This series is one of my favourite series of all time. :)

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  5. I love this trilogy so much- seriously, it gets even more exciting and wonderful. So original and violoent. Although Manchi? MANNNCCCCHIIII.

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  6. You had me at Noise Germ... very original.

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  7. if one of the last people who haven't read it. pouts

    gr8 review

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  8. I've hear the writing is very different but I'm glad to hear you adjusted well after a few chapters. I was interested before but I'm now even more eager to check this out. Love this review!

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    1. Do it! Everyone I've spoken to seems to love it :D And thank you so much!

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  9. I still haven't read this. I see it sometimes whilst shopping. Might pick it up.

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