The Knife of Never Letting Go

The Most Awesome Book I've Read This Year
The Most Awesome Book I've Read This Year

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Book One
Written by Patrick Ness
Paperback: 496 pages
Published by: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 14, 2009)
Reading Audience: Young Adult
Hey FTC! I bought this myself.

I’m just going to go ahead and get the gushing out of the way.  OMG, I SO FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK, IT IS AMAZING AND YOU NEED TO READ IT NOW.  NOW!

*pant, pant*

Don’t you just hate it when you love a book so, so, so much and you want EVERYONE and their best friend’s sister’s cousin to read it?  And you don’t know how to REVIEW it?  Because you’re afraid that you are going to hype it up way to freaking high and then everyone that does read it goes what the heck was Heather talking about, this novel stinks?

Yeah, I feel kind of like that.

You see, this novel is awesome, and crazy, and really, really, really a must read.  Young Todd Hewitt is the only BOY in a town of MEN.  But don’t worry; he’ll be a man, soon, in, like, a month, when he turns THIRTEEN.  And, ever since Todd’s people settled into their new settlement, Prentisstown, they were infected with a NOISE germ, which killed all the women and made all the men able to each other’s thoughts.  Not only that, but they can hear the thoughts of every CREATURE that is nearby.  This could sometimes be handy, but is mostly annoying.  I mean, EVERY thought that they think, dream, or whisper to themselves in the dead of night.  It’s loud, it’s constant, it’s annoying.  And it’s also the only way Todd has ever known, for he was born into the settlement.  He’s never known the peace and quiet of his own mind and dude; he’s never seen a woman. Well, other than the pictures of them he sees in the minds of the other men.

Crazy, yes?

The subtitle of this series is Chaos Walking.  That’s pretty apt, right?

Yes, it’s crazy, and some of the men are going completely bonkers because of it.  In an effort to protect Todd, his male parent type people, Cillian and ____ (I can’t remember his name and don’t have the book on me, is it Ray?) force Todd to leave Prentisstown with his dog Manchee, the most awesome dog in all of literature.  On his way through the swamp that lies between Prentisstown and the rest of the world, he finds something strange.  Silence.  Absolute, complete silence.

It’s a girl.

It freaks Todd out.

What follows is an emotional, no-holds-bared, exciting book.  This book is well crafted and HARD TO PUT DOWN.  I read all 426 pages in like, 24 hours.  I did stop to sleep, but that’s about it.  There are a few emotional gut-wrenches, including the HORRIBLE THING that happens (read it then call me.  We’ll cry together.  Great big belly sobs of sorrow).  You should have SEEN the emotional hand-holding I got on Twitter when I read this part. (Thanks Chris, Raych and Ana!)  Patrick Ness has written a fantastic, hold on to the seat of your pants, gritty adventure dystopian coming-of-age novel.  And it works.  It all works together SO PERFECTLY.  Your knuckles will be white by the end.

Things you should know: It is written in dialect.  Vern-ac-ular.  It’s like reading a frontier novel, which, while annoying at first, becomes, well, normal.  Because it’s a frontier-ish kinda novel, even if it does take place in the future.  It totally works.  Also, there is some language. Like most 12 year olds, Todd finds cursing strangely fascinating, and then, as his life crazier, necessary.  It’s also Young Adult and dystopian.  And it has one HELL of a cliff-hanger.  And AWESOME.  End gushing.  I think.

I hope I have not made you think that this book would be a waste of your time.  Seriously, it’s not.  If you liked The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, or any other dystopia or YA novels, I think you will really like this one.  Please, give it a try.   Make me happy?

Now to read book two, which I will read during the read-a-thon next weekend.  Care to join me?

Also by Patrick Ness:

The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking Book Two | The Crash of Hennington

Also reviewed by:

Becky’s Book Reviews | things mean a lot | YA Fabulous | Bart’s Bookshelf | Stuff As Dreams Are Made On… | books i done read | and many more…

Disclaimer: I bought this book, for myself, with my own money.  I am keeping it.  I am also using my IndieBound Affiliate links because like everyone else, I can use the extra money.  However, my opinion of this book is in no way affected by my desire for money. If it was, I wouldn’t have bought the book to begin with!  So, buy it, don’t buy it, I just want you to be happy and to not be sued. 🙂

29 thoughts on “The Knife of Never Letting Go

  1. I'm afraid that I didn't like this book at all. Your review reminded me of the book – it gushed so fast that I had no time to breathe!

    I am in the minority with my opinion. Everyone else seems to love it as much as you did, so I'll just crawl away and try to find a book I like!
    .-= Jackie (Farm Lane Books)´s last blog ..Modern Delight – Various =-.

    1. Oh no! And I tried so very hard not to gush. I can't help it though; when I love a book, I tend to gush.

      I should have noted that it took me four tries to get through this book. The first three, I couldn't get past the first chapter. That fourth time though, it just clicked!

      I'm sure it's not for everyone though, it is very fast and furious.

  2. I believe the name you're looking for is Ben.

    This book was too fast for me. I read it too fast and felt sick afterwards. Like Jackie, I just wanted to breathe. I gave it 3 stars because I wasn't sure how I felt, but I think I would rate it lower now. I thought I was excited about the sequel, but when I picked it up, I just never got around ot it and eventually gave away my ARC on bookmooch.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..Mr. Popper's Penguins, by Richard and Florence Atwater =-.

    1. Ben! Yes, Ben!

      It is a fast book. I read it in about 24 hours, but I did keep setting it aside for a few minutes to catch my breath. I'm hoping the sequel lives up to my expectations. I've been putting it off to just let myself simmer a bit! 🙂

    1. Yay! I'm glad to hear you get all gushy about it too!

      And I totally know how you feel. I have all these other books I have to read first. But I'm taking a break for the read-a-thon and only reading what I want to read and The Ask and the Answer is at the top of the list!

  3. I'm currently reading this book–I'm about 150 pages in–and I'm transfixed so far. My boyfriend is working all day tomorrow so I plan on curling up in bed and hopefulling finishing it.

    I'll be interested to hear how you like the second book.

  4. I just started this one last night, and I'm only 50 pages or so into it, so we'll see if it lives up to your hype. 🙂 I'm going to star your review and read it again after I finished the book… REALLY hoping to love it like you did! I'll be back after I finish in (hopefully) a few days. Thanks for the review!
    .-= Heather @ Book Addiction´s last blog ..Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr =-.

  5. I loved your review. Isn't it like magic when you find that amazing book that you want to absorb into your pores!

    I'm kind of feeling that way about The Road by Cormac McCarthy, but I'm not finished with it yet.

    Put this book on my TBR list.

  6. After I finished (and freaking LOVED) Life As We Knew It, several folks told me I had to get this book… and I remained unconvinced until I just read your review! 🙂 I totally know what you mean about gushing and wanting everyone in the WORLD to read it so you can all freak out together… and I'll be happy to join you in that very soon, haha! Great review!
    .-= Meg´s last blog ..Etsy find Fridays: Autumn love =-.

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