Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fiction
Series: Chaos Walking, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Chilling, horrific, and oddly tender, I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go--an amazing dystopian triumph of a novel!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Can you imagine being able to hear the thoughts of everyone around you, good and bad? Welcome to Prentisstown, where hearing your neighbors' thoughts is a fact of life. Todd Hewitt is on the delicate cusp of becoming a man, retrieving apples from the swamp with his dog Manchee. But returning from a routine walk, Todd suddenly encounters a secret that could turn his whole world upside down--and with it, he is on the run. Allying with a girl named Viola, Todd finds he must discover what it really means to be a man.. Even if it could cost him his very life..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this scary dystopian--hearing everyone's thoughts, where one small error could get you killed
-The chilling, frightening, all too real setting of Prentisstown, ruled with an iron fist--at times I felt myself either horribly frightened, chilled to the bone, or disgusted
-Todd, the hilarious, wry main character, at times crude and coarse and at others surprisingly insightful and perceptive--I really related to and enjoyed him
-Viola was also a good star for the book--I loved how smart and kind of snarky she was, though in the beginning of the book it was hard to figure her out
-The pacing of this novel--it was breakneck once the chase started
-The chilling cast of characters surrounding Todd, especially Mr. Prentiss
-Ben and Cillian, of course
-I loved the way the mystery of this novel unfolded--I didn't see anything coming
-The ending--I wish I had the next one right this moment!
What could've been better:
-Before the chase, the book was a little hard to get into for me
-I wish the dystopian elements had been explained a little better
Any fan of dystopian sagas looking for a new one should snatch this one up--it is an absolute gem! Next on deck: The Golden Apple by Michelle Diener!