March 14, 2011

REVIEW: The Knife Of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult

Review by: Jessica

  • Prentisstown isn't like other towns. It's a town where everyone can hear each others thoughts and see their memories. A town where everyone can hear the thoughts of their animals and are able to talk to them (whether they want to or not). A town where there are no *living* women. Just the memories and endless thoughts from the Noise of the men who live in Prentisstown. Never.Ending.Noise.

    Just 1 short month away from his 13th birthday, the birthday that will make him a man, Todd Hewitt discovers something he's never encountered before. Silence. As shocked as he is by this, he instinctively knows that he must keep it a secret from the men of Prentisstown. But with everyone able to read his Noise (whether he likes it or not), his secret is quickly given away and he is forced to go on the run. To run away from the only people, the only home he's ever known.

    While on the run, Todd Hewitt slowly learns that Prentisstown isn't what it really seems and that the men have been keeping a secret. Now Todd "moosed warren", the rest of the world. The world that he never knew existed until he was forced from his town.

    I had many feelings while reading this book. I was slightly irritated in the beginning, learning the language and world the author created. The run-on sentences and the spelling mistakes that aren't meant as mistakes. All of it. How annoyed I felt because it felt like Todd was just running and running and never getting anywhere and how the book felt like it was just dragging. And just when I was ready to throw in the towel, and chuck the book out of the window IT SUCKED ME RIGHT IN AND GOT NICE AND GOOD. And when I felt like I couldn't take one more "Poo, Todd?" it GREW ON ME! and I found myself liking Manchee and his simple minded doggy brain. And I was finally understanding "ruddy" Todd Hewitt and his never ending askings. The book just got good. Like really REALLY can't put me down kind of GOOD!

    I would definetely recommend this to anyone who likes YA books like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (though really there is no real comparison to the Hunger Games Trilogy). Don't let the language and constant Noise turn you away. Give it a shot because it's GOOD!! Such a good start to what looks to be a great series!

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