Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Posted August 19, 2011 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

5 Stars


The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking #1
Published by Walker
Released: May 5, 2008
Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 478
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

 

Meet Todd Hewitt, the last boy in Prentisstown, maybe the last boy in New World, it is only 30 days until he becomes a man. But a lot can happen in 30 days and in a world where no man’s thoughts are private, where it all spills outs until it is just Noise, where lies and the truth are all muddled up Todd manages to find quiet, and the quiet reveals a massive secret, a secret the blows Todd’s world apart and starts him on a journey with what he thought was an impossible companion into a world he didn’t know existed.

Oh. My. Goodness. What a fantastic book! I had trouble putting this book down, it manages to draw you in and before you realize it 100 pages have gone by. One of the ways I was drawn in was through the unusual writing style, it is written in first person from Todd’s POV but it was slightly different it was like Todd was speaking directly to you, it was really good, it had the spelling mistakes of a boy (although not so much the you couldn’t read it of course) and the grammer and structure supported this, for example, if Todd got scared or annoyed or excited you could have a whole paragraph with no punctuation showing like someone is talking at you with no pause for breath. I really liked this as it got e very involved in the book and with Todd and his canine companion Manchee.

I also have to mention the story line and world the Patrick Ness has created. This was also something I enjoyed, the people in it are settlers from another world, which makes it seem like a sci fi but it really isn’t, it is about the journey of a boy trying to become a man in a fairly primitive environment. Now, Noise, I loved this idea, all men have Noise, everyone can hear what they are thinking and they can hear what everyone else is thinking, so much so that with all the Noise from people’s thoughts it all eventually become’s meaningless…noise! It is hard to tell lies from the truth as men can lie to themselves and cover their lies with more Noise, it is such a great idea and I loved reading how Noise was used and explained in this book.

But this book was sad! I highly recommend carrying Kleenex round with you as at one point this book had me bawling my eyes out! I found this book interesting and entertaining a little bit thought provoking and sad and well worth the read. I can not wait to read teh second book and see what it going to happen next. It does not end well!

Favourite Quote

As long as I hold it as long as I use it, the knife lives, lives in order to take life, but it has to be commanded, it has to have me to tell it to kill, and it wants to, it wants to plunge and thrust and cut and stab and gouge, but I have to want it to as well, my will has to join with its will.

I’m the one who allows it and I’m the one responsible.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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