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The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Patrick Ness

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Title:The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One
Authors:Patrick Ness
Info:Candlewick (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 496 pages

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2008)


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La verdad, tengo sentimientos encontrados con este libro. Si pudiera, le doy 3.5 estrellas.

En general el libro es entretenido y livianito para leer, así que de todos modos lo recomendaría, aunque con varias observaciones.

Primero, la traducción al castellano deja harto que desear y hay una parte en que incluso dice "me tengo que esforzarme en no abrazarla". Me tengo que esforzarME!! Atroz. Pero eso no es culpa del autor, así que se perdona. Lo otro que no me gustó es que el personaje principal tiende a la estupidez, aún frente a la evidencia. Supongo que eso puede achacarse al entorno en el que vivía y a que mal que mal, es un niño. Ademas, resulta bien poco creíble lo difícil que es que los malos mueran. Hay momentos en que realmente llega a ser chistoso lo mucho que cuesta que mueran.
Pero lo que de verdad encontré imperdonable es que te estén hablando en primera persona, que sepas todo lo que el personaje piensa, siente y mira, y sin embargo cuando el personaje descubre algo trascendental NO TE CUENTAN QUÉ DESCUBRIÓ! Así de mala onda. Acompañas al personaje en todas y cuando se entera de algo dice "y entonces me enteré de lo que jamás me quería enterar" y no te cuenta. Y eso pasa varias veces.

Eso no más creo que es lo malo. Tiene muchas cosas buenas, partiendo por el mejor personaje del libro, el perro Manchee, que no deja en ningún momento de ser un buen perro fiel a su amo. La historia avanza rapidito, y me pareció que siempre era interesante porque podía pasar cualquier cosa. Lo otro bueno es que termina con un cliffhanger que te encargo, así que al menos a mi me deja con la curiosidad de saber qué pasa en el resto de la Saga.
Así que eso, 3.5 estrellas! :)

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  Danyspike | Jan 14, 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 |
Really 3 1/2 stars. I don't really like the way this is written -- eventually I got used to the dialect but at the beginning it was painful. It's a good story. And it ends on quite the little cliffhanger. All in all, though, the book felt a little insubstantial to me. If you are looking for nuanced world-building, you won't find it here; everyone slots very easily into good guys and bad guys and ultimately it all felt a little thin. But the story itself is interesting and you'll enjoy the book if you're just looking for a reasonably well-plotted dystopian series. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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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.

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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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