The Knife of Never Letting Go

I always wondered what the hype is with Chaos Walking Trilogy but I never really thought of reading it until recently because 1) I don’t succumb to peer pressure, 2) I don’t care if half the world read it and I haven’t (note: Harry Potter series), 3) Dystopia is not on top of my reading chain, and 4) I hate series ending in effing cliffhangers.  If not because of Ace, who gave away his copies in our April 2012 TFG event, I wouldn’t have considered reading this. Actually, it took me a year before starting the series because Ace gave me the second book, The Ask and The Answer. Yes, I know I could have gotten the first book but I was still hesitant.  I was finally convinced to give it a try and put it up on my Wish List after talking to bookish friends from the book club.

tKoNLG stayed on that list for more than a year because I am so picky with the edition. I got the UK Ed for the second book; I don’t want any other editions. It all has to be UK Eds or nothing! But because I was so late in jumping on the bandwagon, it’s a little difficult to find the copy I want because most of the recent reprints are from the US. Because of the awesome Maria (who understands my OC-i-ness with same book editions, book sizes, book prints, and book covers when it comes to series), I finally got the copy! She gave me The Knife of Never Letting Go, paperback, UK Edition last Christmas! I was so happy I jump around like a crazy kid when I got the book. Until now the memory makes me grin like a stupid fan girl—all because of the cover. Haha!

Type HerThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Chaos Walking, #1
Paperback, Candlewick, 496 pages
YA Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction

Read from January 07 to 14, 2014

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?

Disclaimer: Believe me I tried, but I can’t really make this review without spoilers—a warning to those who haven’t read the book but is considering diving into the madness of the Chaos Walking Trilogy. I’ll try to spill as little as possible.

I’d been meaning to write this review a few days after I finished the book but I always find myself lost of words whenever I try to make one. Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go is a thrilling, fast paced, edgy book that would either make you love it so much or hurl it somewhere at the end (but still love it). It’s a powerful novel, full of breath-taking turns and unending speculation of what is really going on.

tKoNLG is about Todd, the last boy in Prentisstown. It’s a bizarre place where men can hear each other’s thoughts and hear, understand and talk to animals. The story revolves around Todd and Viola’s escape from Prentisstown and their journey of finding the truth about the New World. I like how Ness portrayed the reality of today in the eyes of a 12 year old boy in a very distant world. I seldom read books that have middle grade kids as lead characters but in tKoNLG you’ll never think of Todd as a kid. The things he has to learn, the problems he has to face, and the choices he has to make are not normal issues a boy his age should deal with. In this world he has to grow up. He has to be man. Numerous times, my heart bled for what he has to go through and of what he should do. Todd is the heart of this novel.

[Major spoiler ahead. I just have to let this out.]

As much I want to give it 5 Kiss Marks, which the novel deserves, I won’t. That one point difference is for the heartache Ness gave me. It’s a wonderful book but it’s a useless run after all, Manchee—the only dog I fell in love with (because I’m a cat person)—has to effing die, and that effing Aaron can’t seem to die?! Tangina naman eh!

[End of Rant]

Amazing: I’m mesmerized.

Amazing: I’m mesmerized.

The book is not for everyone but I know how to appreciate a gem when I read one. You may get annoyed but The Knife of Never Letting Go is an exemplary book.

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Lianna’s Bookaholic-ness
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Challenge:

Book # 3 of 2014

Blurb and Book Cover: Goodreads
Book Copy: Owned (Gift from Maria)

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