Knife of Never Letting Go

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
Release Date: May 5, 2008
Walker Children's
ISBN13: 9781406310252

5/5 Stars!

Goodreads Synopsis:
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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Manchee: 
    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. 

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Evie said...

I am in love with Patrick Ness' writing style - even just the first sentence of this book shows that it's not just any YA book, but a really great one! You should read the whole series,I laughed, I cried, I was mad to the point that I threw the second book at the wall - it's a wild ride:) So glad you enjoyed the first part!

Reading Wolf said...

This was one of the most original books I have read in a long time. I was hanging by the seat of my pants the whole time. And Todd's voice comes through so well. I hated the ending though....I just wanted to whip the crap out of someone...I've got the second and third books but haven't worked my way to reading them yet.

Kelly said...

This whole series is amazing! There were points where it made me so angry I had to walk away from the book for a while, but I was unable to resist the pull to come back; the cliffhanger ending of the first was definitely one of those moments! It did take me a while to get used to everyone's noise, but it was definitely worth the effort!

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I have this book on my goodreads recommendations, but I wasn't so sure if it was my thing. After reading your review I can't wait to pick it up. Thanks!

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