Release Date: May 5, 2008
Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
I have a confession to make: I’m very prejudice when it comes to picking out books. I decided to try to break out of this habit when I picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness.
First of all, let me be the first to say that I was feeling VERY adventurous that day. When I got to finally reading the book, I was apprehensive. Needless to say, it was AMAZING. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
Reasons to Read:
- The Plot:
The plot of this story really intrigued me. I mean, a town where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts? Creepy, and also really original. Then you find out that the town only contains men, which totally ups the creepiness factor by a lot. The plot disturbed me, scared me, and even made me cry at one point. It starts off a bit slow, but once you get into it, it’s a roller coaster ride. Not to mention a killer cliff hanger at the end of it all.
- The Suspense: In the first part of the book you will have no idea what’s going on. The main character will find out everything that’s going on, but here’s the catch. He won’t tell you. Half of the time, I was so confused about what was going on. Things will be revealed later on, though. I can promise that you won’t be disappointed.
Manchee is the most adorable talking dog I have ever read about. He’s so cute and all his little comments on things are hilarious. He gives some insight on what dogs would say if they could talk. He was one of my favourite characters. It just fits in with the book, TRUST ME.
Overall, despite by apprehension I loved this book. It tugged at my emotions, and I was dying to know just exactly was going on. Add in the fascinating characters, and you have a very interesting book.