Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
One word: Unbelievable! That’s what this book was. It was unexpected and took me totally by surprise. Reading this book involved every emotion. Sometimes showing that love can move mountains and other times making me feel nothing but heartbreaking sadness. A true roller coaster ride!
It’s the story of Todd Hewitt, a boy on the brink of becoming a man. Todd lives in the secluded town of Prentisstown which is on New World. There are no woman or girls. All the men can hear Noise, the constant thoughts of other men and animals. Todd discovers a “silence” which, the knowledge of, puts him in grave danger and he has to flee the town. This leads him on a journey that tests his love, his hate and his will to live.
Some of the things I loved about this book:
The author chose to tell the story in the language of New World, which is, for lack of a better word, “hick” talk. I think this really added authenticity to the story.
Todd has a dog named Manchee that follows him on his journey. Manchee was one of the best parts of this story. He’s a loyal friend to Todd and indispensable part of the book.
This book doesn’t hold back. It’s filled with violence. It’s a story of survival and the price Todd has to pay for it is high.
This is one ruddy great book! Read it and you’ll know what I mean.
My own Manchee: