The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
"Need to poo, Todd."
"Shut up, Manchee."
"Poo. Poo, Todd." (Page 1)
Hello everyone and Happy Monday! This week I read the Knife of Never Letting Go, which was recommended to me by my roommate, who is rereading the series right now. I put my favourite quote from the book above, which I loved so much, and it is something I am going to try to do from now on to give you a better feel about what the book will be like.
I liked this book because it had a different feel and concept to it that many other books don't have. Every step of the way I was confused, a little frustrated, but overall I think it turned out well. A bit of a cliff hanger at the end, but that is to be expected in most trilogies I guess.
Todd lives in the New World, a planet that was migrated to by humans not long ago. The one thing that is different than Old World, besides the aliens living there, is the Noise. Everyone can hear everyone's thoughts all the time. Even the animals can talk now, although they don't really have much to say in most cases...
"Sheep! Sheep!" - Sheep (all the time and nothing else)
Todd is the last boy in his town, and will become a man in only a month! But becoming a man means something else to the others in town, and it is a secret they are trying to keep from him. On the world where all women died out to the mysterious Noise disease, Todd will be the youngest child around.
Soon though, Todd is forced on the run when the rest of the town hears that there is something not right about him. With his trusty, ruddy dog Manchee he will try to get to the next town without getting himself killed.
But what happens when Todd finds himself face to face with a girl. A girl! There are no women left! Or are there?
Why is it that every other town they come across has women? And why can't he hear the women's thoughts? Why do other towns try to kill him when they find out where he is from? And why is there an army of almost 150 men riding to try to get Todd back?
To find out the answers to all of these questions, you will need to read the book!
I liked the fact that in this book you always knew what the character was thinking. While the book looks like it is going to take forever to read I found it went by very quickly. There is always that sense of dread that you have while the characters are on the run.
One thing that pissed me off the whole time was that the character was constantly not being told the truth about what was going on, and people kept mentioning how important it was for him to know it without actually telling him. In many cases just down right telling the truth could have prevented half the crap that went down in the story. But in the end there was sort of a reason for it all, but there was all of that, let's call it 'truth constipation', that was holding us back from really enjoying every scene to its fullest and actually understanding what is going on.
Other than that though, the book was great.
I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 star rating.
Have a great couple days everyone and I will see you all on Wednesday!