THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

6 Aug
Candlewick Press 2008  Chaos Walking, book one of three Hardcover First U.S. Edition YA Science Fiction 479 pages

Candlewick Press 2008
Chaos Walking, book one of three
Hardcover First U.S. Edition
YA Science Fiction 479 pages

The Knife of Never Letting Go first whispered its way into my personal library in 2010, but it wasn’t until a few nights ago, when I first heard its Noise, that it completely got my attention. This Young Adult Science Fiction tale leapt off the pages and grabbed me so tightly that I couldn’t stop reading except when my eye lids fell on their own.

This is the story about a boy who must flee his home to save his own life. A home where thoughts are heard as if they are voiced. This is the story about Todd who knows something he shouldn’t know but doesn‘t know he knows it. Something terrible. And, those close to him, the ones who do know what that something is, can’t tell Todd what it is because if he so much as thinks it, the others will hear.

This book is a first person narration spoken and thought by the boy who runs, and Manchee, the dog who talks and also hears the Noise. And, it’s about Viola, the girl they meet, who’s  from another planet. Patrick Ness writes in a meticulously superfluous descriptive voice, so much so, that  it‘s difficult to stop ‘running‘ – difficult to shut out the Noise – difficult to put a marker in the book at the page where the eyes get so heavy they no longer stay open, even by force.

This book takes the reader to the brink, but instead of stopping so as not to fall, you just keep running right off the edge! Emotions run the gambit. At one point in the book, I felt a tear slide down my face. What the heck man. Every page explodes. Every character comes alive. Every town is vivid.

This book is part of a Trilogy, it is not a stand-alone. You won‘t be able to read just this one book. Ness makes certain of it.

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One Response to “THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO”

  1. booksandbuttons.com August 6, 2014 at 8:59 p08 #

    Yikes!

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