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The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008)

by Patrick Ness

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Series: Chaos Walking (1)

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There are lots of good ideas in here. The setting is awesome, and the book starts off in a town where disease has killed all the women, and Todd is the youngest person in the town, on the cusp of taking his trial to become a man. The town was also beset by a virus from the native population that makes it so every man's thoughts are broadcast through the air to anyone within hearing range, so nothing is private in this town. The same virus also makes it so animals can talk, which is taken advantage of fully.

Wherever you go with that premise is going to be amazing. And this was. It turns out almost everything Todd was taught growing up is wrong, and the book turns into a flight across the planet while Todd and a newly discovered settler from off-world, a girl, flee the warlike men of Prentisstown who are spoiling for a fight, and for Todd to join their army.

Parts of this are confusing... Todd isn't a killer, and avoids killing Prentisstown men several times, including one that's a zombie that just keeps coming after them, even after crocodile attacks, drownings, et cetera. But he doesn't hesitate to kill at one point later in the novel, which doesn't really make any sense. There is a good explanation (conditioning, and he was just coming out of a situation where he was ridiculed for not being a killer), but it still seemed very unlikely to me.

The other strike against it was ALL THE REPETITION. There's one enemy that JUST WON'T DIE. We have to hear about Prenitsstown constantly, without being told what the deal with Prentisstown is, or what the deal with the planet is, et cetera. I think having so little explanation for why things are happening made me enjoy this less. Todd's thoughts also tend to be circular and repetitive, and he wonders about the same things I do throughout the entire novel.

Listening to this as an audiobook was a trip, I loved all the effects they used for "noise."

I don't think I'll pick up the rest of the series, but man, there were a lot of cool ideas in here. ( )
  ConnieJo | Dec 22, 2014 |
RGG: More dystopian than space travel / alien, but the premise of "noise" and the roller coaster-ride pacing make this a compelling, scary read. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Dec 12, 2014 |
RGG: More dystopian than space travel / alien, but the premise of "noise" and the roller coaster-ride pacing make this a compelling, scary read. Reading Interest: 14-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Dec 12, 2014 |
Great book, though characters def have really bad luck. Read in 6 hours... ( )
  otikhonova | Dec 8, 2014 |
The Knife Of Never Letting Go is one of my favorite YA books that I have read in a long time.
While the tone and plot of the book is pretty dark, Patrick Ness does a very excellent job of adding humor in the form of Manchee, who quickly won his way into my heart. The occasional breaking of the fourth wall, with Todd thinking thoughts directed towards the reader, especially after he did something embarrassing, were a bonus, and added a wonderful depth to the narrative. Some of the plot was predictable, mainly the true history of Prentisstown. Another factor I enjoyed was the stubbornness of Todd and Viola's adversities, as even once they were presumed dead, they had a nasty habit of popping up at the worst times.
If you are highly religious, mainly Christian, you will probably find this book offensive as it explores the dark truth that is the history of religion, featuring a priest as one of the main adversities. ( )
  positivepebbles | Dec 3, 2014 |
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Silence in the noise,
questing and learning to trust,
dangerous New World. (leahdawn)

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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.

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Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.

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