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Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patric Ness (23/50)

Part of:          "Chaos Walking" trilogy 

Genre:         Young Adult
Year:            2008
Pages:          479

Awards:
 - Booktrust Teenage Prize (2008, Winner)
 - Guardian Award (2008, Winner)
 - James Tiptree, Jr. Award (2008, Winner)

First Sentence: 
The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don't got much to say.

 
Description:
A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard—and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret. 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.

Quotes: 
“We all fall. What matters is if we can get back up.” - Todd  

My thoughts:
I loved this book, especially the narration and Manchee!!! And I hated what Ness did with Manchee at the end of the book, it made me want to cry out of anger and disbelief! But at the same time I kind of understood why he did that, why there was no other way to go about this.. The book has an amazing plot, so unexpectedly good for YA genre that I just couldn't put it down! 
I'm jumping right into reading the second part now, can't wait!! 


Raiting: 


42 comments:

Lindsay of VioletHourBR said...

I hadn't heard of this one yet, but it sounds really good. I'm adding it to my TBR list!

Honey said...

I've been wanting to read this one for a long time! I've heard great things about it and the plot sounds wonderful. Great review!

IvaliceAlliance said...

Love this book! Patrick Ness has a unique style of writing and I love every bit of this novel. A great start for a trilogy.

TheJay2xA said...

Been hearing a lot of good things about this book... nice review, will totally have it on my to read list!

Badass Bookie said...

Sicne this is by an Aussie author, I'm sure to get around it soemtime sooner or later but now that I've read your review, I'm thinking sooner!

ABookVacation said...

I haven't heard of this novel/trilogy before I read your review. I'm interested in it--very interested! Thanks for posting!

chidori said...

Short review, but convincing :)) I want to try this one very long time... It seems very original, not like many others in YA gengre. And first sentence, that one about dog, is simply catching :))

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

I felt the same! I fell in love with Manchee and my heart was broken :(

Zareen said...

My current obsession is the dystopian genre, and I've heard many positive reviews about this book. Looking forward to reading it!

klt1128 said...

A former teacher of mine LOVED this book, and the whole series for that matter. After reading the summary & review I think I will have to check it out!
-Katelyn

SecretPages... said...

I really wanna read this one, wish I was allowed to buy more books, ^_^

Joanna said...

I glad you liked this book. It proves again that it must be good. I first heard about it through TheReadables on YouTube. She thought the series was excellent. Then, I watch one more reviewer's thoughts, and hers was just like yours. So, this book is a definite to be read soon by me.

Danah said...

I had not heard of this book until now. Just added it on my to-read/wish list. It sounds like a great book. I've been into dystopian books recently and i'd love to read this trilogy. Thanks for the review. I'm curious about what happened at the end that made you wanted to cry of anger.. hmm? I guess i just have to read the book to find out and hopefully, i won't feel the same way as you did. LOL

scarletkira said...

I really want to read this now. I love dystopian novels. I'm interested about the mind reading ability and what happened that cause all the females to die.

Janine said...

Gee, I really want to read this :) I'm getting it the next time i'm buying books.

Zakiya LadyWings said...

I've never heard of this book before, but I will definitely check into it! It sounds very itneresting!!!

Hannah Young said...

I enjoyed this book too. His writing style is very gritty. I'm not sure if I'll read the second one. I am too upset about Manchee!

Ishita aka Fishy said...

I can't believe i have never heard about this book before...and i love dystopias ! i'm gonna go look in book stores for this books now :) wish me luck !

TheReadingOwl said...

I need to get my hands on this book soon. It's almost as if it's raining good reviews about this one. And the plot sounds really interesting.

candice said...

I've gotten about 100 pages into this book and then went on vacation. Excited to be back and start reading it again. Love Manchee's inner dialogue. Everyone always wonders, what is my dog actually thinking. Can't wait to read the whole series.

ibeeeg said...

I have heard many good things about this book. I should give it a read at some point soon.

Merenwen said...

I really want to read this book, Im curious! :)

Manda said...

I've heard lots of good things about this book, I can't wait to read it! :) Plus I just love the title for some reason.

Janinay said...

Dystopian novel! I love these kinds of books! :D

Seesen said...

I´ve heard great things about this book, it´s on my TBR list so I hope I´ll get to it soon, I totally need some unputdownable book right now :) Thanks for the review

Asenath said...

One of my friends on Goodreads raved about this book (I hadn't heard of it before) but when I saw it at a discount bookstore, I figured I might as well pick it up. I hope I like it as much as you did!

Krystal said...

This looks fascinating. The entire plot has me intrigued. I have to read this.

aurora M. said...

sometimes I love to have a good cry after reading a book. Fantastic read! Thanks for the review.

therainhouse said...

The Knife of Never Letting Go ... should be a film.

I must read it..

SweetShenanigans said...

This book is narrated in a different way than most books I have read and in this case, it enhances the way the story is told. Great read!

Yvonne said...

Seen this book around but never thought of picking it up. After reading the description and your review i might give it a go

Giselleco said...

Gah I. Must. Read. This. !! It sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the review. You're a great writer!

Giselle Cormier

Stephanie said...

I've heard this book is really good and I love dystopians so I want to read it!

Munnaza said...

I've never heard of dystopian thrillers before, so this book sounds absolutely exciting. The story also sounds refreshing and new, and I'm not even a fan of dystopians. And that quote is incredibly beautiful. I'll definitely be adding it to my to-read list! Thanks!

ElleChanter said...

Oh my gosh! I loved this book sooooooooo much! Never have I read anything quite like it, and I'm so glad you liked it too.

Christina said...

This is pretty much what my early reviews look like too. :-p Really short.

I'm looking forward to this one, although a bit worried about the dialect!

maneeshaharoon said...

I have been hearing amazing stuff about this. Somehow this post reminds me of Blood Red Road by Moira Young and I absolutely loved it! So I'm definitely going to check this out. Thanks!

Jaime Lester said...

All I can say is that I REALLY need to hurry up and read this series. I don't know what in the world has taken me son long to get to it. Thank you for your motivating review!

Grace Lo said...

I bought this book a few weeks earlier, but haven't gotten started. Thank you for the quick reminder that I have this amazing book I need to start reading!

chfe said...

Great review! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time now! I've heard/read many great things about it and the plot sounds awesome.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Francis Casabuena said...

I'm dying to read this book. Hope someone will give this to me one day. :)

Samantha Stewart said...

I honestly couldn't get into this book at all. I got about 6 chapters in and had to give up. I wasn't a fan of the way it was written, but I might give it another go some day :)

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