Guest review: The Knife of Never Letting Go
My sister is back with another great review! She was really raving over this book, so I want to give it a try even though it’s outside of my comfort zone.
Thirty days away from his thirteenth birthday and officially becoming a man, Todd Hewitt finds himself on the run. Raised in Prentisstown, Todd has only ever known a world of Noise and men. Told a germ caused all the females to die and all their thoughts to be broadcast for all the world to hear, New World is fraught with danger. Given a backpack, his mother’s journal and a map Todd is told to flee from the only home he has ever known. Imagine his surprise when he comes across Viola. A girl, and she has no Noise! His world is turned upside down. Confused, he doesn’t know whom to trust. What’s the big secret? Will Todd and Viola ever escape their relentless pursuers? Why do they want Todd so badly anyway?
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness is the first book in a trilogy called Chaos Walking. It’s dystopian YA fiction set on a planet called New World. Fast paced, action packed with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. Yes, the ending of this book does leave you hanging. I expect you will have to read books two and three to find the answers to all the questions, but it is an engaging story rife with danger seemingly around every turn of the road. I came to find myself really rooting for the characters of Todd and Viola, and I adored Todd’s dog Manchee – so brave and loyal. I think this coming-of-age story would be an excellent choice for a family with young teens to read together. There is so much here that would make for some lively family discussions like how power can corrupt; zealotry; misogyny; the importance of education; and morality. With vacation time upon us, I recommend everyone add this book to their summer reading list.
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