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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick…

The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008)

by Patrick Ness

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Series: Chaos Walking (1)

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This has been a hyped book amongst my friends, and it seems you either love it, or you hate it. I started out hating it, and I didn't end loving it. This is a harsh, harsh story, and there is one unforgivable act that occurs in here that's kind of a game ender for me, at least so far as reading for entertainment goes.

The writing style was difficult for me at first, the way how the men can all hear each others thoughts is portrayed, it definitely does drive you to distraction, which is the point I'm sure. If that was real, people would go insane.

So I gave it 4 stars because I think it's well done, but I didn't enjoy it, and it kind of made me feel like maybe I need to take a break from Dystopian fiction for awhile. Our current political climate is giving me plenty of fear and dissent to fill that cup for me!

So basically, if you want to get angry at what happens to the characters, then read it, if you've had enough fear and anger for awhile, maybe give it a pass. ( )
  shaunesay | Jun 21, 2017 |
I will never forgive one particular part of this story, omg, but - you know, moving on from that - this is a really fantastic read. ( )
  jwryn | Feb 27, 2017 |
Just remember when you read this book, that everything you think you know is wrong. ( )
  searscho | Jan 5, 2017 |
Compelling and well-written dystopian story. And the best dog ever. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
In a word? Amazing!!!! ( )
  pickleroad | Nov 10, 2016 |
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If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.
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Silence in the noise,
questing and learning to trust,
dangerous New World.
Todd Hewitt is the
last boy in Prentisstown. What
will make him a man?

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763645761, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:02 -0400)

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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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