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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 impossiPrentisstown 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?...

Title : the knife of never letting go
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the knife of never letting go Reviews

  • Emily May
    2019-04-24 16:44

    “Knowledge is dangerous and men lie and the world changes, whether I want it to or not.”Every once in a while I find myself back on the Goodreads page of a book I read and adored a few years ago. I see the cover and remember first holding it in my hands and not knowing I was in for a magical experience. My eyes scan the description and I get goosebumps as I'm taken back into the story, feeling echoes of the emotions I felt once again. Then I glance down... and see my "review".That's when I start to wonder how I possibly made it through high school English. I mean, really. Some of the words I used aren't even words. Which is totally unacceptable for a book - a trilogy, in fact - as fantastic as this one.And it is amazing. I have read all three books several times and count them amongst my all time favourites, across all genres, adult, YA or otherwise. It shouldn't be so incredible - an adventure/survival story about a thirteen year-old boy and his dog doesn't sound so impressive - but, oh, it's just so much deeper, thought-provoking, sad, funny, chilling... everything than you would imagine. It's one of the most rich, meaningful stories I've ever read.It tells the story of Todd, the last boy in Prentisstown, who will become a man on his 13th birthday. Prentisstown, though, is not your average town - everyone in the town is male and they can hear one another's thoughts (called "noise"). In a town like this, you'd think keeping a secret would be impossible.But we soon find out that noise can lie and that Prentisstown has some very dark secrets. What really happened to the women of Prentisstown? What lies on the other side of the swamp? And why is it so important that Todd, just one boy, reaches his birthday and becomes a man? It's a novel with fantastic characters and possibly my favourite animal character ever. And it's built on some seriously dark themes. You might not expect that from a YA book promising talking animals and adventure, but there are underlying themes of dehumanization, colonization, slavery, racism and sexism. And - as if that wasn't enough - it's a ridiculously addictive pageturner that demands you pick up the sequel immediately after (I'm warning you).When I try to put words together for the books I really love, they never seem like enough. I read back over my review and get frustrated because nothing I say seems to capture that inexplicable pull of wonder, excitement, horror and delight that was flooding through me while I read the book. I'm sorry for that. At least, though, I have written a better review than before.You may be thinking "that's a bit arrogant of her to come along and say that this is a better review". But, really, you should have seen the last one.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  • karen
    2019-04-18 19:19

    i have 2,410 friends on of them have this book on their shelves.of that number, only 28 have read the other 171 of you, i say - "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???" and you can see i am serious about this, because i have done math in order to convince you.**and i know, i know. there are a lot of books in the world, most of us are mortal, who has the time, etc. i myself had all three of the books in this trilogy just smooshed in the middle of piles of other books at my place, thinking, "i will read those when i get around to it." and you may be feeling the same way. so allow me:now you have no more excuses.(LAFFTER!)but seriously, folks. i don't even know where to start with this book. i really thought it was going to be a low-impact tale of a boy's adventure's through a damaged land with some sort of eventual self-discovery and that it would have good action sequences and some obvious metaphors and blah-di-blah and people said it was sad, so i figured someone would die at some point.well.understatement in all of the above.this was much richer and deeper and so very dark. ness touches upon the problems of colonization and group mentality and dehumanization and helplessness and loyalty with a skill for storytelling and characterization, and always skirting that fine line between emotion and has been awhile since i have been immersed in a book. this world - these characters - it consumed me. it is so hard to talk about books that do this to me. it is easy to pick apart books that are "good" or "okay" or "the worst", but the ones that i fall into - the ones that i hate having to put down for anything as mundane as sleep or work, those are incredibly difficult to put into words. but "mmmmmm" comes close.i think todd is a very solid character. there are times when he makes unfortunate decisions, but they always seem consistent in terms of his character, and the background from which he is coming. there is such an opportunity for growth in him, but you know, despite anything that may happen, he is trying to do the right thing, as he sees it; as he is learning what "the right thing" even is. i mean, he's twelve-thirteen, right? and he is a lot more resourceful and insightful than i was at that age, and i didn't have to go around hearing everyone's thoughts all the time. oh, did i forget to talk about the plot again? quickly - everyone can hear everyone's thoughts. all the time. even the most mundane, subconscious, or embarrassing ones. even thoughts of animals. but not, however, the thoughts of women. we are still mysterious. todd grows up in an all-male town, but soon will leave and discover... well, he will discover a lot. better you read it than i tell it.aaron is a little...unrealistic,sure, but after a while, you gotta sort of do that horrified slow-clap at his stubbornness and persistence, right? it is impressive, if nothing else.viola. great here. even better in the second book. mmmmmmmmmtalking animals. yeah, i usually don't like it either. however, these animals talk exactly how animals should talk. they don't have conversations; they have a limited vocabulary that seems appropriate, and can be so heartbreaking in certain situations, oh my god. manchee is the best dog in literature. his voice is exactly right. very reminiscent of the dog in up, and although he has a small range of words at his disposal,his emotions come across loud and is a wonderful relationship, despite todd not wanting a dog and resenting him at the beginning of the book, the two of them, through their adventures, become the best "boy and his dog" team i can think of. definitely have the second book on hand to pick up immediately after finishing the first one. you are going to need it. i can't imagine how people reading this when it was new had to suffer - to have to wait for the next book to be published. this is the mother of all cliffhangers. or, at least, it was until i finished the second book yesterday. it is even terms of agonizingly wonderful cliffhangers. ** although i am looking closer now, and i am realizing that my math is all wrong (i thought those numbers seemed low)- but that this time it is not my fault. when did change things up so that all the reviews are together at the bottom, regardless of whether or not the are reviews by your friends. isn't the whole point of having "friends" that you have created this trusted community of readers whose values you respect? now i have to scroll through the three or four people on this site who aren't my friends to see the reviews of people whose opinions matter to me? this is insane! and it isn't even arranged by number of votes or anything - it is just - here are a ton of reviews - have fun finding the useful ones (like this one, surely!) in a sea of stranger danger. i hope this is just a temporary thing that is happening because it is taking one of the strengths specific to goodreads and pooing ("poo, todd!") all over it.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-15 19:17

    Things that didn't bother me:The grammar and misspellings - normally this would bother me, but I quickly got used to it, so I don't fault him there.The swearing - you will notice from my status updates that I don't mind a well-placed curse.The violence - I play violent video games, watch violent movies, and I don't mind violence in books when it makes sense. The cliffhanger - maybe if I didn't have a copy of the second book on hold at the library I would be upset, but cliffhangers don't normally bother me. It is a doozy though.Things that did bother me:The unlikeable main character, ToddAaron the Energizer Bunny - 'nough said.The two senseless deaths - one made me start bawling and set the book down, wondering if I could continue on.I had a friend say to me that Ness must be a great author if he can incite so much passion from me; if you take a look at my updates you can see how up and down I was, but is it a good book if for the most part all it did was make me pissed off? Is any emotional response at all the sign of a good writer? I don't think so. I think if you make me hate your characters and the actions that they take to the point where I don't care if they survive, you haven't been all that successful. You have to give me someone to root for. I wasn't even all that attached to Viola, and she's the only character who actually did the RIGHT thing by the end of the book. The way the author just kept piling onto the characters was absolutely ridiculous. Seriously, how many bad things can you think of to put your characters through? It got to the point where it was all so implausible that, much to my chagrin, I could guess each and every time the villain was going to jump out and attack Todd and Viola. It got so predictable that I just kept getting angrier and angrier each time it happened. His characters talk about hope so much in this book, yet I felt like Ness never gave me any.Was it the worst book in the world? No, not by any means. I can't give it more than 1 star though, because 2 stars means: "it was ok." This book was NOT ok. I didn't like it, nor enjoy it, but that doesn't mean I won't check out the next book to see what happens. In this, Ness has succeeded, but only because I can always get the next books out from the library.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    2019-04-19 21:37

    3.5 starsForever crying because "Todd?"

  • Zoë
    2019-05-07 22:32

    3.5/5 - Read for my young adult literature class.

  • Rachel Hartman
    2019-05-07 15:35

    Boy oh boy. I can't remember the last time I felt so simultaneously positive and negative about a book. Hence the three stars, averaging everything out.(Just realized that I reviewed this at my blog but not here. Here's the cut-n-paste)This review will, by necessity, have lots of spoilers, because the things I liked (and disliked) are very specific. Insofar as I can give you something spoiler-free, here goes: I love the concept; the world is unique and well-realized; the relationship between the main characters is believable and well-developed; there is a wonderfully realized dog; the narrative voice is a bit irritating; there are whole pages you can just skip because there’s nothing worth reading on them; there is quite a bit of extremely graphic violence; the author CHEATS most egregiously at narrative; while the overall message of the book is solid and good and right, I hate the way we get there; the villains are completely eye-rolling over-the-top; and it ends on a giant cliffhanger.It is the best of books, it is the worst of books. I seem unable to speak of it except in gross hyperbole. Here come the spoilers:First of all, a salute to the best character in the whole damn book, the dim-witted and noble hound, Manchee. He was such a good dog, and a good depiction of a dog. His death was heartbreaking, and maybe that’s my real problem with the book: I will never forgive the author for killing him off.I thought the relationship between Todd and Viola was also handled well. Their friendship followed a realistic trajectory. Yes, Todd is protective of her, but Viola’s as tough as he is — plus smarter — and I felt she held her own pretty well. Todd, having been raised in a world without women, has few preconceived notions about what women should do or be, or what the male-female dynamic is supposed to be. He treats her as a friend and equal, hardly an inkling of sex or romance in his head. The scene where he realizes that he can tell what she’s thinking and feeling, even though he can’t hear her Noise, is — for my money — the best thing in the entire book, a genuine, human moment of recognition.The whole “endless fleeing punctuated by extreme danger” plot, however, I found utterly tedious. I think I have Mortal Danger fatigue when it comes to YA. I’m choosing to blame Hunger Games — not that I didn’t like Hunger Games, but when I heard that the second volume was basically Hunger Games II, I decided I didn’t need to read that one. The other book this reminded me of is Graceling, where she’s fleeing over the mountain pass with Bitterblue, and it’s just endless page after page of running! And surviving! And OMG the tedium of the endless chase and getting more and more sick and injured and will they survive? WILL THEY?! That part of this book made me cross-eyed with boredom.Also: the villains made me want to poke my eyes out with the ubiquitous knife. They’re CRAYZEH! And they’re indestructible! And did we mention CRAYZEH? No subtlety to evil here, no nuance. No temptation. No point.But y’know, I could have forgiven both those flaws. I really could have. I forgave them in Hunger Games, after all (though the evil was more nuanced there, in my opinion, and less CRAYZEH). There were two things I can’t forgive.One: the way the killing of the spackle was handled. OK, I get that it’s supposed to be some kind of commentary on how people can be brainwashed into hating, and scapegoating people, and it parallels what happened with the women in the town, and blah de blah. But it was incredibly jarring, then brushed off like no big deal (by Viola and then by Ben), conveniently forgotten when Todd needs to be “not a killer”, but then retrieved to illustrate the overarching Eden theme?Todd is still somehow “pure” and “innocent” — right? Because if he’s not, then what’s the showdown with Aaron about? Why can’t he just say to Aaron, hey, I already killed someone? Wouldn’t Aaron have self-destructed, now that he can’t be the sacrifice? But then again, Todd’s NOT pure and innocent because he gives Viola that speech about how we all fall, and we all get up again — a speech which I would have taken for another genuine human moment except FALLING = KILLING PEOPLE (or spackle), and no, we don’t ALL do that. They’re reaching really hard for some kind of Garden of Eden metaphor, and I’m just not buying it.Two: the misuse and abuse of first person present tense, and by extension, of the reader’s trust and goodwill. Just like Hunger Games, where it was used to excellent effect, this book is in first person present tense. The entire POINT of first person present tense is to make it feel like you are there, as close as you can possibly be to experiencing AS the narrator. If that’s the case, then I think it’s cheating to have the narrator say, essentially, “Then he told me the truth and it was so awful I couldn’t believe it” — without revealing anything to the reader. NO YOU DON’T. I would accept the narrator dissociating, or doing some version of “lalala I can’t hear you!” such that he doesn’t completely hear what’s said either. But I cannot accept that he is told something, IN REAL TIME, and he has the option of keeping it from the reader. This isn’t a journal he’s writing after the fact. This is his experience, IN REAL TIME, and he doesn’t get to edit it that way.It’s like the author couldn’t think of any other way to create suspense. The character had to know, so he’d get out of town, but if the READER knew, that would spoil the surprise. You can do that in third person. You can do that in first person past tense. I do not accept it as fair play here. The Big Reveals, when they come, are utterly anticlimactic. Nothing you couldn’t have guessed; I guessed, and then rejected it as too obvious. My version had mind control and cyborgs (TELL me Aaron’s not a cyborg!), and I liked it better.Would I read the next one? This, I do not know. I feel like I spent a lot of time complaining here, and didn’t really elucidate all the things I liked: the world, the premise of Noise, all the possibilities of a frontier planet, Wilf, the singing cow-things. There were things here I liked. If I had some assurances that the next one wasn’t a rehash of this one (the way Hunger Games II sounds like it is), then maybe. There were ideas here. Poorly executed, some of them, but still. I think part of the reason the bad parts made me so mad was that I really liked the good parts.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    2019-04-29 15:33

    Some books make you confused. Conflicted. Did you really like them? Can you recommend them? Would you read them again? And you sigh, sigh, sigh.The Knife of Never Letting Go is not this kind of book. Hey, I'm not afraid to say that it was insta-love for me. ☛ Does it make me a NA heroine?You tell me : I read 3 or 4 pages and I was like, "Oh. My. I'm gonna love this book!"Yep. But perhaps you want to know why? How could I move from "pretty rational reader" (I think. I hope. Oh, shut up) to "bad romance heroin" (freaking insta-love, I said) so quickly? ① The writing. I must admit, I was a little worried when I opened this book. I mean, what could be more difficult to read for a French reader than slang? I have this horrible memory of being totally lost when I read this awful book, you know, Inescapable. OMG THAT MESS. Long story short : it was horrible there was a character that I could not understand at all because of his accent, and it was SO. FUCKING. ANNOYING. Anyway - Given the clichés and other creepy stalkers' fantasies, we parted ways quickly. I am not (always) a masochistBut this one? I wanted to enjoy it. And thanks to the perfect writing, that was the case. All the sentences are fluid, and even if I know it annoyed some readers, I loved the rhythm and the orality of Todd's voice. I loved the repetitions. Patrick Ness took a risk, but it was splendidly executed. ❝ There's just no such thing as silence. Not here, not nowhere. Not when yer asleep, not when yer by yerself, never.I am Todd Hewitt, I think to myself with eyes closed. I am twelve years old and twelve months old. I live in Prentisstown on New World. I will be a man in one month's time exactly. ❞*whisper* I must confess that I often talk to my books. Yeah, I know, they're not really alive and all that stuff. But you know? My weird habit makes me enjoy every tiny wink the narrator directs to the reader (except if I HATE that narrator, but it's a story for another day *cough* The Player and the Pixie *cough*). In The Knife of Never Letting Go, all these "You see?" are well used. Perhaps I answered sometimes. Okay, Always. But Todd is so alone, I was sorry for him, OKAY?! Now, this structure. The chapters are short. And that's completely subjective, but I love when a book is organized that way, even though I barely can explain why. It increases the rhythm, maybe? HUH. Moving on. ② Todd and Viola. Oh, you, little boy who can't kill and can't think straight with all that noise and feels so lonely, you've won me from the first page (insta-love, remember?). What can I say? I loved Todd. Really. Okay, he can't stop complaining sometimes but hey! He's just a kid who lives in a rude rude world, trying to go on, and go on, to find hope even if it seems more impossible than a child's dream. Throughout the story, we have the chance to be witnesses while he's growing up, becoming a man of whom we can be proud. All of his feelings seem so real, so understandable, I couldn't help but feel my heart actually ache for him. I cared about him, and above that, I was there, with him, and with Viola as well. Viola, who's exactly how I like my heroines : smart, loyal, outspoken. I couldn't choose a better partner in crime for Todd. (view spoiler)[And she'd better be alive in the second book, or I may become really angry (hide spoiler)].❝ I lean down again and (shut up) I cry, I cry, I'm crying but it has to pass cuz I have to figure it out, I have to figure it out, it's down to me, there's only me, I have to find a way, I have to save her, I have to save- ❞③ Manchee. This dog is awesome, RIGHT? ❝ Ready, friend?" I say."Weddy, Thawd! ❞Okay. Maybe, I mean maybe I'm a sucker for little pets, but I couldn't avoid to say "Good boy!" all the time. You know the locution, "a dog is man's best friend"? That says it all. In the beginning of the book, we're stuck with Todd's opinion, which is basically that his dog is stupid. Freaking dumb. He considers that Manchee is useless, and it took me some chapters, I must admit (Sorry sorry Manchee), but there was a moment I thought, "Listen Todd, you're great, but you're fucking WRONG". Because this dog? He's loyal and definitively not a coward. A MEDAL FOR MANCHEE. WHO'S ON?To be short : I loved this dog, I often wanted to heal him and pat him and say him that he was a wonderful dog. Yes. I'm not exaggerating. At all. ❝ He's a good bloody dog, have I said that? ❞(view spoiler)[I cried for Manchee. I couldn't help it. I cried. That was so unfair! (hide spoiler)]And who doesn't want to understand his dog's barks? I'm asking, WHO? Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure my cat always says "Food", "Mice", "Bird", and "Here's a gift", and "That's mine", "That's mine", "That's mine", "That's mine", "That's mine". Cats.*roll eyes*④ The plot and the world building. When I started The knife of Never letting go, I haven't a damn clue what the world created by Patrick Ness was. Maybe that's why I felt more and more amazed as I went along in my reading. Honestly? That's brilliant. The New World is complex, fearsome and yes, there is a real plot here. I know, I know. I'm excited too. I don't want to spoil you, so the only thing I'll say it's this : Read this book, but plan enough free time, because you won't be able to put it down until the end.But I must complain : what was that freaking ending? Do you know we, readers, have to work and to actually sleep? I'm speechless right now. That was brilliant, really, and blew me away because I was too smug, I thought I could see where the story went, but I was far away from the true. Don't get me wrong, it's awesome and I admire Patrick Ness for this but wow. That was rude.Todd and Viola's story was excruciating, mind-blowing, even hard to stand at some point, yet filled with such gems of awesomeness I often find myself thinking about it, reliving it - Here's a book which moved me in a way no other could. *picking The Ask and the Answer from my bookcase*For more of my reviews, please visit:["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • April
    2019-05-11 20:40

    Ugh, you can't leave me with that ending!

  • Priscilla
    2019-04-25 23:32

    Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!Okay, here's some first impressions:1) Awesome.2) Great.3) EFFING awesome.4) Manchee!!5) Seriously?!6) Non-stop, action, adventure, twists, unexpected relationships, character development unlike any other, heartache, anticipation, lovely, sweet, horror, anger, unique writing style, original and fresh.7) Seriously chaos walking.Watch out for a video review tomorrow :)

  • Laini
    2019-05-12 19:33

    Hard to know how to rate this book. It is amazing and powerful, but so sad it made me angry and made me not want to recommend it to anyone. If you're up for a punch in the stomach. . . here's your book.

  • Megs ♥
    2019-05-17 19:19

    In this absorbing world Patrick Ness created, only men exist. All of the men can hear each other's thoughts, and these thoughts are called noise. When you turn 14 you become a man, and the anticipation for this is astounding.Todd Hewitt is about to become a man. He was told that there are no woman, because they were all killed off. One day, when he's out with his dog, Manchee, he finds a spot where there is no noise. Surely, he thinks, this is impossible. Soon he is confused further, when his parents tell him he must leave his town, Prentisstown, and venture to a new town. He never thought other towns existed.I felt that this book picked up really quickly, and will demand your attention, with action and suspense that keep you constantly guessing. The adventure in this book is amazing. Todd's being chased, he's learning new things every minute, and finding out about all of the untruths he's been grown up to believe. The plot is moves so quickly, but there are a few slow parts that I struggled through. Not many, though.The ideas here are very creative, especially in regards to the noise. It was interesting to see what animals would have to say (not much of interest, actually) and how differently the various characters Todd encounters along his journey have dealt with the problem of broadcasting their thoughts. As far as characters go, it was easy to feel for them, because they felt very real. Todd has flaws that make him more loveable in my opinion. Manchee, his dog is another fun character that made me laugh.The concept of this book was just so unique. The writing is well done, despite the fact that Todd's thoughts were often not grammatically correct. It was annoying reading through them in the very beginning, but then it get's quite easier to read after a few pages. I cruised through this book thinking it was going to be rated 4 stars...until the ending. The narrative is dark, but the ending is even darker and, it's an emotional sucker punch. The book has one brilliant cliff-hanger ending that will make you want to immediately get book two.This book truly impressed me. Recommended to all action, adventure, dystopian lovers.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-17 19:31

    Edit: I originally rated this book 2.5 stars, but on further consideration, it is more of a 1.5-2 star book for me.The writing and themes explored in this book are excellent. The writing style is unique and part of the world building in a lot of ways. I found the actual plot, particularly the "twists", as well as the characters, especially the villains, to be lacking. A predictable plot and villains who are evil for the sake of being evil can really kill a story for me and that's what happened here. I will not be continuing with this series.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-04 15:23

    Cross-posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted Young Todd Hewitt is on the verge of manhood and living in Prentisstown, a world without women and where the thoughts of men and “creachers” can be heard. Todd’s dad died of illness and his ma was the “last of the women”, according to Ben, one of two men who are raising him. Todd likes to go to the swamp to collect apples, because it is the only place where he can get a break from men’s “Noise” – their secrets, their thoughts, their memories. While out on a walk with his talking dog, Manchee, Todd encounters a break in the Noise, a pocket of silence. When Todd and Manchee return home, their Noise reveals what happened in the swamp, and Todd, with Manchee, a packed bag, Ben’s big hunting knife, and his mom’s journal, is sent away from the only home he’s ever known. When Todd encounters a girl on his travels, and comes across towns filled with men and women, everything he’s ever known about the world is changed in an instant. The men of Prentisstown are harboring a terrible secret and will stop at nothing to get Todd back. I really wanted to love this story. It won several major literary awards, including the 2008 Tiptree Award, and a few of my Goodreads friends enjoyed it. I had reservations about reading this, because it is the first in a series and I knew it had a cliffhanger ending. It wasn’t a bad book. It took me just a few pages to get used to Todd’s language that reveals his innocence and lack of education. At the same time, he is a very well-developed character, with strong sensibilities, hope, and a will to survive. From the start, Viola and Todd are bonded together in a quest for freedom and survival. There is no romance, for which I am thankful. Since Viola doesn’t have any Noise, she is shrouded in silence. It takes a little longer for Todd to get to know her, but he eventually does and is able to read her thoughts. The development of Todd’s and Viola’s relationship is my favorite part of this story. One thing I am bothered about is there was no mention at all of Ben’s and Cillian’s relationship. Were they roommates, best friends, lovers? Why was the nature of their relationship kept a secret, while everyone else’s thoughts were laid open? Since they were such a significant part of Todd’s life, I would have liked to know more. The Knife of Never Letting Go was fast-paced, dark, and compelling. I liked the plot, the suspense, the world, and the concept of hearing every man’s thoughts while women’s are much more difficult to read. I would have liked more well-developed secondary characters and less chase scenes. The story engaged my emotions, made my heart race, and left me exhausted. It also left me feeling vaguely empty and unsatisfied. I knew about the cliffhanger at the end, but nearly every chapter had a cliffhanger as well. At times I felt I was watching a TV show instead of reading a book. And I won’t even talk about Aaron, the charismatic preacher of Prentisstown, who was one of the most one-dimensional characters I’ve ever encountered in YA fiction.

  • Joyzi
    2019-04-20 17:17

    Complete, Edited and without effing Spoilers!Caution: This book is not for sensitive and fainthearted readers. The book contains murder, misogyny, gore, violence against children, children doing brutal things and foul language. Seriously IMO this fits more to adult readers, it was just so sick and disturbing that a part of me believed that this probably should not be in the YA category (or maybe that’s just me). 16 years old and plus will do (I copy the same censorship of Elfen Lied and Higurashi no naku koro ni). Sidenote: I just found out that Battle Royale was R-18 because it contains sexual assault and that’s the difference between BR and Hunger Games (HG doesn’t contain sexual violence thus the censorship is 12+).Another note: This review is an exaggerated imitation of Patrick Ness’ writing, his writing will get a little using to and you’ll be pissed off at first but trust me “feedback loop” is real and you’ll get use to the writing eventually(hopefully). My Non-Spoiler Effing Hook ReviewA-reading this book is like a-watching the vids Paranormal Activity! - JoyziAhm ruddy don effing know where to start my effing review so I just tell yoo the story of me a-reading this book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.So at first I picked this book up cuz lotsa my friends here in GR are a-talking about it. Lotsa them rated the hook 5 stars btw so cuz of all the hype I decided to fin’lly readit. (ruddy evil hype, shut up!)Then ya I read the book and then this effing happens, effing happens, effing happens-0--------------------------------------------------------------------100(Wadda eff is that line? you effing asking) That effing line btw is a representayshun of my undying love to Adrian Ivashkov *coughs* patience line while ahm starting to read the book.Tho by the end of Chapter 2 my patience line goes like this-0Interpretayshun: Joyzi's mood: a-blazing fury[Image: pissed off cat]I have to admit that before a-reading this I tot that Pretties by Scott Westerfield was the most horribly written and a-annoying kinda writing style I ever read in my entire effing life hut boy I was so wrong! Cuz reading the first two chapters of Patrick Ness’ book is much more annoying as hell!Evaluashun twixt the two:Pretties: >The Pretty Talk- fond of a-using bubbly, bogus, a-dizzy-making, a-pretty-making, ouching, a-oxygen-missing etc etc etc… >Character pet names- a-adding la or wa at the end e.g. Tally-wa, Shay-la, Zane-laThe Knife of Never Letting Go> aka The Book of Typos> Misspelled words and grammatical errors that will surely make a Grammar Nazi effing end his/her life>neologisms that just made me infuriated like Ahm a-having a PMS or a-something>Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. Redundancy- the author was fund of repeating what he writes three times as ifs yer dumb. As ifs yer dumb, as ifs yer dumb, as ifs yer dumb (we geddit already! shut up shut up)>I hated Manchee at first because his dialogues were ruddy retarded and it’s a-irritating. “Need a poo, Todd” “Poo, poo Todd” and the likes->Todd’s POV was a little bit juvenile thus the humor was juvenile at first.>Todd was fund of a-using effing and that aggravated yet again the a-blazing fury mood in me.[Image: pissed off cat]I ruddy wanna kill the author at that point and I was like a-yelling, “Seriously ifs I ever see yoo Patrick Ness in person I gonna give yoo an effing dictionary!” Tho I still keep on a-reading it hoping that it will get better but no it was so horrendously written chapters after chapters that my mind was screaming, “Sunupahur! Someone effing enroll this guy in Writing101 or Ahm going to ruddy let you be eaten by crocs!”Still I a-reading it, a-reading it, a-reading it tho half of the book I was so effing angry at it due to these reasons-> The book was an effing alien story. If yoo happen to read my review of I Am Number Four yoo probably already know that I already have my mental note to myself a-saying:MENTAL NOTE TO SELF: Don't ever read something about ALIEN again >The hook lacks sexual tenshun eeeeeeeer romance. Oh okay *coughs* this one was a problem of the reader rather than the book. This might seem pretty shallow or whatever hut I really find hooks who lacks a love story a tad boring. I reckernize similarities from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins when Viola treated Todd's wounds and that reminds me of Katniss a-treating Peeta's wound too hut the difference about them is that in THG it is romancey unlike in this book.>The character Viola at first didn't speak like she's kinda mute and I hate that parts too because I really don't get her character at all like what's her purpose if she isn't speaking?>This was a chase story hut Todd and also the reader have no effing clue why the main character was chase by armies from Prentiss Town. And for most parts the story draaaaaaaags and it was effing plotless, plotless, plotless-->There's a scene wherein Todd can't effing read his Ma's book and for some reason this reminds me of this vids: (laugh guys, it's only a joke shut up!) And then a-reading the second half of the book I started to like it cuz of this- GOREI effing love GORE! Can't yoo tell?[Image: Joyzi a-turning round and round with showers of petals a-falling on her]Yeah gore gives me that adrenaline rush it's like my heart goes thump badda thump badda thump badda baddda baddda thump-And it's like the feeling of a-reading The Hunger Games came back to me and I effing love this hook already! *okay stop with this creepiness (shut up, shut up!)*And secondly I effing love this because of Manchee-I'm a dog person btw-And these are my pups, ifs you effing care-[Image: Joyzi's dog Hachi being coerced to have a picture taken, the pup is scared of the camera flash btw so that explains her pose (someone ruddy calls the PETA! shut up!)][Image: Joyzi's dog Dango, haven't got a problem with this one, she effing loves it when someone takes a photo of her, she's a narcissist]And then an effing miracle happens! (Feedback loop works crechers!) Joyzi changed her mind! (Hallelujah!)Joyzi now->Loves the writing ergo it deserve the spot on my "writing-style-i-adore" shelf- For it was original and amazingly clever!>Loves this alien story, this one seems surprising since aliens are not my cuppa tea. This was the first time I enjoyed a-reading something like it because I never really like The Host by Stephenie Meyer and I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. It was just a breath of fresh air, all the ideas that are into this book and all the descriptions and rules of the planet I love'em all!>Loves Viola and Todd's relationship. It may not be as romancey as Peeniss tandem(that effing means PeetaxKatniss) in THG but it was just a sweet friendship I s'pose. Like they protect each other and they comfort each other and they are just there for one another and it doesn't feel contrived at all. It feels natural, how their relashunship builds and grows. >Empathize with Todd being illiterate. Oh honey I hate myself! I felt like I misjudge his character and when I know more about Todd he reminds me of Liesel Meminger from the Book Thief and Zero from the Holes. I mean I really don't know why I'm so hard on him at first hut then I realize he's just so vulnerable and I wanted to protect him and root for him. I just felt so bad I was so wrong about him and for that he's certainly one of those characters I will never ever forget. And he kinda reminds me of Peeta btw he's so like my Pita bread. Like his problem is he can't effing kill another person just like Peeta's dilemma on THG.Okay thassall I don't wanna spoil things hut I just wanna say that the twist in this book is a very disturbing event that even right now I can't stop a-thinking 'bout it. It was so sick and repulsive. I don't know how to really express my feelings about it. Just read the book and yoo'll be the judge. It will definitely keep you thinking and thinking and thinking and thinking- It will keep yer heart racing-It will blow yer mind-One of the best book ever, second to Hunger Games I s'pose!-There are just three things that I wanted right now-One. I wanted yoo to read the book.Two. I wanted to read the second book right now.And.Three. I wanted an effing movie!-Fin-!

  • Charlotte May
    2019-05-02 21:24

    3.5 rounded up. I’m so conflicted with this one. The first 75% I had so many questions and so few answers that I was struggling to see the point in this story.Todd comes from Prentisstown, a part of New World. This world is one where people moved, to start their lives afresh, to begin again. Though on arrival, suddenly everyone can hear everybody’s thoughts out loud - a term referred to as Noise. All except the women this is - the women of Prentisstown could not survive the Noise germ and have all died. I did find Todd’s way of speaking a little irritating as my inner grammar psycho came out. In a town full of men they have little interest in their education so he often says “ain’t” And “we don’t say nothing to that” of course this is just a personal thing for me, and I did get used to it.“The noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.” As Todd’s 13th birthday approaches, and also the day he will become a man, he is told by the two men who brought him up that he must run away, that Prentisstown is not safe for him, he must flee. So flee he does, along with his dog Manchee and Viola - a young girl whose spaceship has recently crashed in the swamp. As I said, the majority of this story is Todd and Viola on the run, the numerous other settlements they come across and the overlying idea that what Todd has been brought up to believe about his town may not actually be the truth.“Doing what’s right should be easy. It shouldn’t be just another big mess like everything else.” The last 25% was action packed! We discover the truth of Prentisstown and the other settlements, while Todd tries to escape the Prentisstown men who are determined to bring him back by any means. Plenty of twisty parts, and some seriously evil characters. I will be continuing with this trilogy.“Killing someone ain’t nothing like it is in stories.”

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-05-08 17:30

    The majority of my friends loved this book! But, I didn't and I hate that I didn't! I love Patrick Ness but this book just wasn't for me and I won't be reading the rest of the trilogy. I will continue to read Patrick Ness books =) I loved the whole concept of the book and it was cray. BUT, so much of the book made me feel crazier than I am and gave me a headache. =( I'm so glad so many others enjoyed it because that's the beauty of books. I just wish I was one of them. Sigh......

  • Warda
    2019-05-04 16:19

    Reread! 5 stars, of course.Initial review:Perfect! Just perfect! Complete work of art. Everyone should read it and bless their sights with its glorious pages. I have nothing else to say.

  • Ivan
    2019-05-16 20:17

    Second read 5th May 2017. Still great book and my opinion remains unchanged so my original review bellow will remain unchanged (not counting correction of few spelling errors that I missed initially).This might be the best YA dystopian novel I read and what makes book great are not huge plot twists and big WOW moments, it's the small things.First of all the setting.While it's never main focus and there isn't whole lot of world building but what is there builds into idyllic world, almost a paradise.And then the humans came.I can't help but being reminded of quote from Bradbury's Martian chronicles: "We earth men have a talent for ruining big, beautiful things". Unlike most YA books fanaticism, xenophobia and hate in this book are so real and palpable.Second big plus for this book is that I finally found young, idealistic protagonist who I don't find annoying.My opinion is that no kill policy works well only for Batman but despite that I really grown attached to Todd and at no point I wished for him to die horrible death which happens fairly rarely when I read YA sci-fi/fantasy books.Also his relationship with dog Munchee is one of the highlight of this book.While it never takes spotlight it start from almost antagonism it slowly develops into true friendship.And this is how you do a talking dog, are you taking notes Kevin Hearne?

  • Kristin (KC)
    2019-04-22 19:26

    (A Poo-Todd Audio Reread)*4 Stars*This book was a pleasant surprise, and not at all because I thought its storyline wouldn't work, but I was skeptical as to whether it would work for me. Told through the candid and youthful perspective of a twelve year old boy on the cusp of manhood, The Knife of Never Letting Go presents an incredibly unique plot that's both simple in its storytelling and layered in its depth. Todd is the youngest boy in a society consisting solely of men, and this is his normal: The Noise. As a result of a potent "Noise germ" released during war, every man in town can physically hear the thoughts and intentions of every other man around for miles, as well as every animal. Todd was born into this world of Noise, so consequently knows no other way of life. The Noise plagues him as most of the men's thoughts are deceitful, impure, and vengeful. When Todd is urged to flee town, he quickly learns that he represents something valuable to these men; something they'll go to any length to obtain. This book had a slow start that gradually evolved into tons of action; plenty of chasing/running, and an all around fight for survival. Todd's inherently 'good' and loyal nature conflicts with his need to survive at all costs—igniting an internal war in the midst of all external struggles. The romance incorporated was more of a vague insinuation; young, gentle and based purely on perseverance. However, the connection between Todd and Viola steadily progressed alongside the plot. What I loved most about this story was its genuine, unfiltered voice; Todd's perspective was youthful and portrayed in a believable and refreshing manner. However, as young and inexperienced as his character appeared in writing, his thoughts and actions were every bit as honorable and profound—which felt like the sweetest contradiction. He was a loyal, inspirational hero, and singlehandedly brought messages of never letting go or losing hope, to life. I must mention the phenomenal ending, which was hands-down incredible. It became a pivotal point of the story, and intensively pushed the plot into new territory. There is a huge cliffhanger, but luckily the series is complete ... and I look forward to seeing where this story goes. I think everybody falls ... I think maybe we all do. And I don't think that's the asking. I think the asking is whether we get back up again.Book Stats:▪ Genre/Category: Dystopian/YA▪ Steam Caliber: Clean▪ Romance: Vague and gentle, but progresses.▪ Characters: Youthful and genuinely portrayed. ▪ Plot: Action-packed and inspiring. More focused on survival than romance.▪ Writing: Raw and lifelike. Intense. ▪ POV: 1st Person: 12 year old hero.▪ Cliffhanger: Yes▪ Next Installment: Follow up▪ HEA? (view spoiler)[ Not yet (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2019-04-19 21:46

    I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up this book. I freaking LOVED it. I 100% recommend the audiobook (which is currently on sale on Audible), because it was fantastic. I will listen to all of them on audio. It also lets you read the story without getting as caught up on the spelling of words. But that ending!!! Continuing with book 2 tonight because it can't wait!!

  • F
    2019-04-25 20:17

    I really enjoyed this book. Much more than i expected. Adventure and mystery. Great characters. The dog was my favourite. Love dog's in books. Thought it was really well done. One day I might pick up the next one in the series.

  • Lotte
    2019-05-06 15:20

    Edit: 03/12/15 - added an essay I wrote for university to my review.The essay:“Too much informayshun becomes just Noise." - Dialects and Slang on New WorldIf you were to ask a group of people what kind of superpower they would like to have, there would definitely be at least one person who would like to be able to hear everybody's thoughts. This person should read “The Knife of Never Letting Go” (2008) by American-born British author Patrick Ness and possibly reconsider this answer. Set on New World, a planet where men can hear other men's thoughts in a constant stream of Noise, this story is narrated by 12-year-old Todd Hewitt, a boy who must flee from his settlement called Prentisstown. The author uses distinctive dialects for Todd and the other people he encounters on his way, in order to emphasize the contrast and conflicts between the different settlements on New World, while especially focusing on the protagonist's dialect as a means of indicating his rural background and lack of education.“The Knife of Never Letting Go” is a Young Adult science-fiction book and the first installment in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy. Prentisstown is a small rural settlement on New World that is only inhabited by men, since all women were killed by a germ released by an alien species that also caused men to be able to hear each other's thoughts in the ever-present Noise. Shortly before the protagonist Todd Hewitt is to come of age and become a man in his hometown, he is forced to flee with his dog Manchee after he discovers a patch of silence from the Noise. This “hole in the Noise” (p. 13) is soon discovered to be caused by a girl named Viola and quickly, they all find themselves on the run from an army of Prentisstown men.The story is narrated by Todd Hewitt in present tense, using mostly short lines and repetitions, in order to dramatize the urgency of the situations the characters are confronted with. However, Todd's voice and his constant use of dialect and slang words is arguably the most distinctive part of the narrative. He uses a wide range of vocabulary that is considered to be non-standard language. Todd often abbreviates words, something that is commonly known in today's spoken language, for example, he makes frequent use of “cuz”, “tho”, “ain't”, “outta”, “gotta”, and many other abbreviations. Some of his vocabulary is entirely made up or derived from another word, and thus, grammatically incorrect, as Todd often speaks of an “asking” (p. 422), which is derived from the verb “to ask”, when he means a question.Todd's illiteracy also plays a major role in the story. The rural setting of New World and the lack of education in Prentisstown is highlighted from the beginning, as Todd himself mentions that the residents of New World have always focused on survival rather than education. Since Todd cannot read or write, his storytelling sounds very colloquial and unconventional, and he often spells words the way they are pronounced. For example, while Todd calls it an “expanshun”, Viola, who is more educated than Todd, spells it correctly as “expansion” (p. 183). Throughout the novel, Todd's dialect and his way of speech is put in contrast to the dialects of various other people he encounters on his journey. First, he meets Viola, a young girl that has survived a crash on New World with a small space ship, while both of her parents have died. She comes from Old World (often implied to be Earth), has a very clear pronunciation and does not speak in any dialect. On multiple occasions during the course of the story, she imitates the dialect of the people on New World, since she is forced to disguise her real origin for her and Todd's safety. By the end of the book, she has grown accustomed to all of the differing dialects on New World and has even acquired some of Todd's slang words.While running from the army of Prentisstown men, Viola and Todd also encounter a lot of people from various other settlements with different dialects and vocabulary. One can clearly see that the thickness of a settlement's dialect directly relates to the level of technological development of said settlement. When they meet two characters called Wilf and Jane, who are from a very rural settlement that specializes in farming, their accent is described as extremely heavy. For example, they place the prefix “a-” in front of verbs (“a-doing”, p. 132), replace the “I” with an “Ah”-sound (p. 310) and have an even wider range of newly derived vocabulary than Todd. However, when Todd and Viola come across a settlement called Carbonel Downs, the residents have only slight accents, which Todd notices immediately, as he says their “accent's the closest to Viola's […] [he's] ever seen on the New World” (p. 355). Consequently, Carbonel Downs is described as a very technologically advanced settlement with a functioning infrastructure. In “The Knife of Never Letting Go” (2008), the author puts Todd's distinctive voice as a narrator and his strong dialect, indicating his rural background and lack of education, opposite various dialects of other people on New World. Dialect is used in order to illustrate their settlement's differing levels of technological advancement and thus, to build conflict between the different settlements on New World, that will eventually erupt into a war in future books of the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.

  • Choko
    2019-05-14 22:46

    *** 3.25 ***A buddy read with the MacHalo Freaks, because we obviously want to keep on torturing ourselves with dystopias!!!! When I started this book I had absolutely no expectations and was kind of surprised a bit ago when I saw so many people hipped-up about it several years ago... Apparently I missed the popularity wave:) However, I do not think this is the reason I have so many misapprehensions about it. Maybe I am reading it wrong, maybe I am not seeing something, but my main issue is with the protagonist, the 13 year old kid, Todd. I have to admit, I might be a bit old for the genre, despite really liking some YA in the past - Red Rising, I am looking at you!!! The story is told first person from Todd's POV. I am not a fan of the first person storytelling, but that was not even what bothered me most. I strongly disliked the person the author has created in Todd. I know he is a young teenager, about to become officially a "Man" on his 13th birthday their time, more like 14th in our time cycles. I know he has been raised in a village of uber-religious men with no women and stories of how they got to that women-less existence, which are obviously created to brainwash the young. I know that he is born on this planet, New World, in Prentisstown, where his parents and the rest of the adults had settled in a colonizing attempt after rejecting the life in the Old Planet/World. I know that the Specks, the humanoid creatures who lived on the Planet, had some "germs" which did not mix well with the new settlers, thus making the Specks the enemy. And I know that the fanatic religious leader of the settlement have willingly thrown themselves into a farmers and craftsmen nonindustrial life, turning their backs of all technology, purposefully letting their space-ships and equipment rot, and devoting themselves to a "simple, godly living", burning all books as agents of "evil". So, this kid did not have a very good chance at doing well from the start and I had a lot of expectations that he will grow a lot as we go with the book. Alas, I did not see that. "...“Knowledge is dangerous and men lie and the world changes, whether I want it to or not.” ...I loved the premise. The Old World is decaying, crime, nasty environment, and some religious groups choose to go to the newly discovered aptly named New World. They want to start in a new, healthier place from scratch. A lot like the first settlers when they came over to the American shores from Spain and England. And just like them, they found there were "people" already living here. The same biological warfare ensues - different immunity to different germs, and one of the Speck's germs infecting the human men, making them have "the Noise". The Noise is something which causes the person's thoughts to project out of them in audio and visual ways, making it close to impossible to hide your thoughts from anyone. The other thing is, even if you are most disciplined with controlling your mind, you always have some residual noise, so if you are hiding and on the run, there is no way to keep SILENT!!!! "...“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”...Something happens and Todd has to run away from home, finding a girl on the way, Viola. We met her in the prequel story and it was interesting to see what is happening with her sins then. The two of them are joined by the Todd's non-to-bright dog, Manchee. All the animals on the planet, I am not sure if it is all of them or just the males, have also had "the germ" and all can project whatever limited thoughts they have. That makes for very entertaining human-animal communications, but I hated how childish and unkind Todd could be toward Manchee!The puppy was my favorite character in the whole book! Most of the emotions I had while reading were connected with him and his misadventures... I even cried on several occasions. Young Todd did not deserve the loyalty and love of that creature! I was devastated.... Don't even want to talk about it..."...“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got nothing much to say. About anything. "Need a poo, Todd."...I also found Todd to be a coward. Yes he is young, yes had no way to learn better, but in the little time he had spend with Viola and his parents, he showed that he knew wright from wrong. He also knew when someone was not a good person, strong, or weak, and the one time he acted "bravely" was when he was faced with a much weaker opponent. I am not sure why the author is choosing to go that way with this character, but I hope he has a plan to make it all better, because for now, I have zero respect for him, and in my view, that is worse than hating a character... Otherwise, the story was easy to read, linear and simply foreword. It is bleak and dystopic, very much a Young Adult in its core. It is well paced, although it has a bit more angst than I was expecting. As I said, there were couple of moments I wanted to destroy the Kindle, because I did not see, and still do not, the point of those developments. I understand that Todd has to go through trials and tribulations in order to grow and from an overall character development, but I found both of those as cheep shots and a bit lazy as life lessons. It is an exciting tale and I will give the next book a shot. After all, I already invested myself in the story. Hope it gets better:):):)"...“War is like a monster," he says, almost to himself. "War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows." He's looking at me now. "And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.” ...Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good Book!!!

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-05-07 17:46

    So for the entire month of February I have been Patrick Ness crazy! Like, CRAZY!! I had never read any Ness before so I thought I'd pick up one or two of his books as I had heard only good things about his writing. This led to me buying almost everything he has ever written and reading them all back to back, without even pausing to write a review in-between. So, let me begin this review by apologizing to my GR friends for the onslaught of Ness-related reviews coming your way today! Sorry (not sorry).The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first installment of The Chaos Walking Trilogy. The book opens in Prentisstown, a fictional town in a fictional world. The occupants of this town are predominately farmers, entirely male and, oh, they can all hear each other's every thought.The reader is immediately introduced, in the form of first person narration, to the first protagonist, who remains with us for all three of the books, Todd. Now I initially found Todd an unlikable main character: he appears moody, quarrelsome and quick-tempered, but it was something I could abide with, as I was foreseeing a personal transformation as the book progressed. It transpires that events in Todd's short life gave him every right to act as the petulant child that he is. It is the honest, considerate man he quickly becomes who gained my heart, though.Now I know that many people find untrustworthy and initially unrelatable characters a bit of a faux pas, but this only shows that Ness is not afraid to transgress the boundaries of what is deemed 'acceptable' in writing.And he doesn't stop there.This book is a series of shock after shock as Ness continually takes you to the limits of your expectations and then transgresses them. This book features continual cliffhangers and false hope as Ness lays the foundations for the climax for the novel. Or should I say climaxes, plural. This book is synonymous with choppy waters: you crested a wave not knowing if you'd find calm waters or rapids beyond it. And one such climacteric moment was the introduction of our second protagonist, Viola. The chance meeting between Todd and herself altered the course of the story and aligned two separate stories as one.The first-person style of narration highlighted that the inner-thoughts of the protagonist weren't always what was revealed in his Noise (or, thoughts). Noise is a precarious thing, only revealing a portion of the man beneath the outward portrayal of his thoughts. This, combined with Ness' beautiful writing gave a rich, dense narrative that stunned, staggered and surprised me.I have honestly never read something so richly-coated with action and substance in such equal measures. This book, and this series, is like no other!

  • Kai
    2019-05-01 19:30

    “War is like a monster. War is the devil. It starts and it consumes and it grows and grows and grows. And otherwise normal men become monsters, too.”3.5/5 starsI found it kind of hard to rate this book, because I have many and very mixed feelings towards it.First of all, Patrick Ness is an amazing author. He is creative and sets up a very special, dangerous, dark and unique fantasy/dystopia world. His characters are incredibly interesting.I like the relationship Ben and Cillian have even though I'm never sure if they are a couple or not. But maybe that's exactly what I like, not needing to make them gay/heterosexual...they're simply Todd's parents....and Todd. I don't like Todd. He's an idiot. He kicks his dog, he doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes, he doesn't listen. He made me mad.But now the worst thing: (view spoiler)[ THE AUTHOR KILLED THE DOG. YOU DON'T KILL THE DOG. NOT. EVER.(hide spoiler)]So to say, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the sequels, but decided that I will definitely keep reading. This series has big potential! I hope it gets better though, because there were so many bad things happening and it just kept dragging me down. I need some ups, some rays of light to not let me lose hope entirely.Please Mr. Ness, don't let me down.Find more of my books on Instagram

  • Ɗắɳ2.☊
    2019-05-09 15:43

    “The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”First off, let me start by saying, I loved A Monster Calls. I thought it was a brilliant allegory about suffering and loss, and having your heart ripped apart, yet trying to mend those pieces back together and somehow go on living. Such a powerful tale about the human condition, in general, and one that hit all too close to home for me. If you haven’t read that yet, do yourself a favor and add that to your list (check out Trudi’s review, if you won’t take my word for it). Looking back at how much I loved that story, it’s a bit surprising how long it took for me to pick up another Patrick Ness book.This is the first book in yet another YA trilogy—one that’s been out for quite some time now. Although, I knew nothing of the story going in, and a large part of my enjoyment was in trying to puzzle out what the hell was going on. The story follows, Todd, the last boy in a town full of men on a planet called “New World” (quite an original name). Several mysteries are introduced throughout, but the most important are:What actually happens when a boy becomes a man, and where are all the womenfolk?There’s also a clever aspect to the story in that all of Todd’s thoughts, and those of the men, and hell, even all of the creatures’ thoughts leak out to the world via “Noise” that everyone can see. And it’s not just words, but “pictures of memories and fantasies and secrets and plans and lies, lies, lies . . . So the thing to remember, the thing that’s most important . . . is that Noise ain’t truth, Noise is what men want to be true, and there’s a difference twixt those two things so big that it could ruddy well kill you if you don’t watch out.” Todd, out picking apples in the swamp one day, sees a hole in the noise, which he knows just ain’t possible. He tries to hide what’s he’s seen from the rest of the town, but it turns out he ain’t too good at disguising his noise. And the secret he’s uncovered is so massive that it’ll send him on a mad dash out of town, in a flight for his life . . .I’ve seen other reviewers describe the story as a nonstop action-packed thrill ride, but to me it was rather boring and monotonous. What you have here, is a boy endlessly fleeing down roads and through hilly woodlands. The vast majority of his flight was next to a river, so why all of this constant, exhaustive, daily running, up and down hill after hill? If you’re following the river, wouldn’t it be so much easier to simply ride the current? Why not look for a boat, or make a raft, or float on your back for Pete’s sake?Then we have Aaron, this evil preacher—an entirely one-dimensional laughable character—endlessly pursuing Todd. And for what? The big reveal, once it finally arrived, was not only blatantly obvious, but so stupid that I just had to question was there even a point to entire story? Right there, the believability factor flew right out the window. And of course it all ends on a major cliffhanger. Although Todd has finally reached his destination, the story in no way shape or form has concluded. Such an annoying way to leave things, but I’ll not be manipulated into continuing on with the series—I’ve seen quite enough, thank you very much. Instead, I think I’ll go and hug my dog and move on with my life, and soon forget about Todd and all those perils and cliffs he’s sure be facing in the next books. Bottom line: There was a clever, unique premise here, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the plot. It may have worked well as a short story, or it may work just fine for those younger readers who can suspend their disbelief, and enjoy those prolonged chase scenes. It’s also worth noting that, if you’re anything at all like me, the grammar, hick speak, and phonetic spellings may all eventually grate on your nerves.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-21 21:35

    In a world where we're bombarded with technology, our senses are often overwhelmed by the amount of noise and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find true quiet anymore (especially since most of us just plug into our computer or iPod as soon as it is quiet). A constant stream of sound and images feed us information, prod us toward rampant consumerism, and entertain us. I've become increasingly aware that many of my students seem uncomfortable with simple quiet--always wanting some sort of noise to help them concentrate and focus. It's sad that our world has become one in which quiet is such a rare and undervalued commodity. And that, according to Patrick Ness, is the inspiration for The Knife of Never Letting Go.Inventive and unlike anything I've ever read, The Knife of Never Letting Go is billed as a young adult dystopian but there's very little that's young adult about it other than a 13 year old protagonist. In fact, a lot of the language is violent, graphic, and brutal by young adult standards, but it has to be to capture the world that has been created by Ness. Todd Hewitt is only days away from becoming a man by Prentisstown standards. Prentisstown is a town on New World, a planet that is being "settled" by the people of earth. What's unusual about Prentisstown, though, is that it's a town that consists entirely of men. The women were killed twelve years earlier when the Spackle, the indigenous alien race, utilized germ warfare in an attempt to win the war against the pioneers. The men, however, were not entirely immune to this germ. Instead of killing them, it made every man's inner-thoughts (both verbal and visual) visible to those around him. There are no secrets in the Noise. As a means of coping, some men turn to drink, others attempt to run away, and some kill themselves. Life here is bleak under the totalitarian rule of Mayor Prentiss and the bizarre radical teachings of the holy man, Aaron. As far as Todd knows, Prentisstown is the only place on the planet. As Todd nears his 13th birthday, he finds something in the swamp that shouldn't exist--silence. Shortly after discovering this peculiarity and unable to find its source, he's forced to flee Prentisstown and go on the run with only his dog, a knapsack of supplies, a hunting knife, and a book written for him by his mother. To tell you the how and why for all of this would be to ruin the suspense that drives the entire novel. Todd struggles for survival and begins to unravel the lies that he's been told his entire life. During his journey, he discovers the truth about New World and about Prentisstown.The novel is told in first person stream of consciousness, which really works because it's like we as readers are able to "hear" Todd's Noise just as the other inhabitants of Prentisstown would. It also means that we learn as Todd learns and, as his mind shies away to avoid truths that he can't yet accept, information is sometimes withheld from us. In addition, some of the words are written in dialect to help better capture how Todd sounds. There are some unusual narrative techniques used throughout, such as a different font to indicate the Noise of different individuals and animals (that's right--even animals have Noise; I particularly enjoyed the depiction of Todd's dog Manchee) as Todd encounters them. Instead of finding them gimmicky, I thought it a very effective way of visually demonstrating the intrusion of other people's thoughts into one's own. In some ways, the novel reminded me of the television series Firefly, but only in that these space travelers are the new pioneers. While they have a lot of new technology, the struggle for survival is a very real one and never certain. The novel ends with one hell of a cliffhanger and I find myself for the first time in a long time wanting to dive right into the second novel of the series.Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder

  • Julie Kagawa
    2019-04-23 22:38

    This is an excellent book. Not only is the concept unique, but the story itself is written so differently that I could not put it down. The author uses first person to tell the story of young Todd, capturing the diction and language of a adolecent, somewhat redneck boy perfectly with statements like: "The plans are still being planned, the preparayshuns prepared, it will be a party, I guess, tho I'm starting to get some strange pictures about it, all dark and too bright at the same time, but nevertheless I will become a man and picking apples in the swamp is not a job for a man or even an almost-man."I didn't misspell "preparations" or "though," either. That's how it is in the book. The dog, Manchee, is easily my favorite part of the story, and sounds exactly like how you'd expect a dog to sound like. ("Todd! Todd! Leaving, Todd? Todd! Can't leave, Todd!" I finally smack him on the rump. "Ow, Todd?") Concerned about sheep and squirrels and poos, yet completely loyal to his boy. I imagine that's how my dog would sound, if he ever learned to talk, god help us.This is only book one of a series, and the ending leaves you going "What? That's it? Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!" So, I will have to wait until the second book comes out, but you can be sure I'm going to buy it to continue this facinating story of a world where nothing is hidden. Not even your thoughts.

  • Councillor
    2019-05-09 23:27

    A lot of more recent books from the Young Adult/Dystopian genre seemingly tend to imitate the sweeping successes trilogies like The Hunger Games or Divergent were, featuring a likeable heroine, usually an attractive male protagonist, certain dystopian elements, some villains and an exciting plot. Don't be mistaken, a lot of those aspects you will discover in Patrick Ness' trilogy as well, but that's by far not everything this book has to present to its readers. Let me attempt to convince you of why you have to read this book.a) The characters are well-developed and qualified to root for, and let's not forget, we won't find a second pair like Peeta and Katniss or Tris and Four in this book. Instead, the protagonists are twelve-year-old Todd Hewitt (when do modern YA Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Dystopian novels ever feature a male point of view character?) and the bizarre Viola, a lost girl he discovers in the swamps surrounding the town he grew up in. During the course of the novel, Todd and Viola have to learn to rely on each other in order to survive, and it's their relationship which marks central parts of this novel. What's the best part of it? Patrick Ness doesn't include useless romantic aspects in the storyline, partly thanks to the characters' ages. I'm not against romance in novels, but I'm against using the same romantic devices in YA novels over and over again. Instead of love, Patrick Ness explored the motif of friendship, and he absolutely succeeded in doing so.b) The premise is original and interesting alike, establishing a world in which your thoughts are not exactly your own thoughts, because everyone else is able to hear your thoughts which surround your body in an everlasting presence following a virus which was released on human beings by an alien race. Imagine what that means: It is very hard to lie or conceal secrets, because in a lot of cases, the more you try not to think of certain things, the more you can't help but think about them, and if you think about them, others will know your thoughts. This can definitely be a good thing, but in a world such as this, where Todd and Viola have to escape their enemies and survive against creatures who want to harm them ... in such a world it isn't always that good.c) The adventure in this novel is so intriguing that, especially in the second part of the novel, it will rob you of the capability to put the book down again. I had a rather hard time getting into the story, but once it started to become more fluent and reminiscent of Ness' writing in the acclaimed A Monster Calls, I was hooked and couldn't take my eyes off the page anymore. Sometimes it is annoying to find out that each and every single chapter ends on a major cliffhanger, but the author managed to insert them into the story in such a believable way that I ended up not minding this at all. In addition, Todd's dog Manchee has to be the best dog ever. (Did I mention that animals are able to speak in this world? And they will bluntly say, independent from which situation they are in, when they have to poo.)And if you now forget about the least-developed villain of all time this novel unfortunately features with the more than crazy Aaron, then it could have been a 5-star-read. But that shall not discourage anyone from reading the book, because if you are interested in a crossover between the genres YA and Science Fiction with some surprising depth, then reading this book can be totally recommended.Buddy Read with Adita. Read her review here.

  • Denisse
    2019-04-18 18:46

    4.5 Written in a very interesting and different way, it might be difficult to get used to it. But once you do, The knife of never letting go is an extraordinary story about innocence, maturity, loyalty, despair and sacrifice. With memorable characters and adventurous pace, Ness brings a lot of emotion and secrets to a world that hears everyone’s thoughts. It has the classical first-book-in-series issues for its big introduction, but it was an interesting one, with a main idea that goes deeper than you think. Overall I highly recommend the book, but with the warning of having patience with it, also having in mind that our main character is in the middle of puberty and he reacts a lot in consequence to that. The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking. Este es el libro que tenia mas tiempo en mi to-read-list, lo he querido leer desde antes de entrar a GR, mucho antes. Ahora no solo me arrepiento de haber tardado tanto, si no de no tener la continuación conmigo. BOOKSMART ESTOY CONTANDO CONTIGO Y LA FIL DE MONTERREY, MALDITO! MAS TE VALE QUE LO TENGAS!*respirahondo*The knife of never letting go es un libro con truco. Por que? Pues por que le apuesta a que te acostumbres a muchas cosas. Cosas como el estilo de escritura que es representación del analfabetismo de Todd, nuestro protagonista. O como la importancia religiosa retorcida para esa sociedad. O la importancia aun más exagerada de pasar de niño a hombre. O las diferentes represiones entre sexos por las diferencias que tienen, en este libro en particular, una diferencia dictada por el Ruido, que es un germen que hace que escuches los pensamientos de los demás a todas horas todo el día. Así que, puede que le encuentres la lógica, o puede que no.En lo personal, a mi me encanto la idea y como se desarrollo. Tiene mucha mas profundidad de la que creí. Como punto negativo diría que si tiene varias hojas de mas, no son malas exactamente pero tampoco necesarias. Y me hubiera gustado que al final no se hubiera sobredramatizado tanto una cosita (view spoiler)[ Todo lo de Pretiss Jr. Creo que no venia al caso, creo que eso del disparo a Viola fue drama de mas. (hide spoiler)]Se tocan temas bastante delicados pero no se mencionan de forma directa siempre, el autor deja que te los imagines, lo cual puede llegar a ser mucho mas intenso. La inocencia es algo muy importante en el libro lo cual quiere decir que Todd estará sin respuestas por bastante tiempo, casi ¾ del libro y todos esos capítulos aunque muy oscuros, informativos y aventurescos pueden llegar a ser bastante tediosos para algunos, en lo personal me fascinaron porque le agarre la onda a la escritura muy rápido pero se requiere mucha paciencia. Asi que te recomiendo que lo leas cuando no estés muy cargado de trabajo o escuela.Una lectura excelente para quienes les gusta pensar y procesar lo que leen. O para quienes les gustan los libros juveniles serios. No hay nada “fresco” ni “ligero” en esta trama, esta bastante cargada de desesperación, huida, enojo y tristeza, y no da respiro.Muy recomendado. Y mucho mas recomendado tener la continuación a la mano. Tiene un final bastante abierto. War makes monsters of men