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!
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.
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
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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. 🙂