The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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Publisher: Candlewick

Released: May 2008

Pages: 479

Summary: Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Or are there?

Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.

Which is impossible.

Prentisstown has been lying to him.

And now he’s going to have to run…

The Knife of Never Letting Go is SUCH a unique book. Fist of all, it features a boy as the protagonist and narrator—something rarely seen in fantasy YA. Second, it’s written in the vernacular of an uneducated society, giving it a sort of Steinbeck-esque feel (which totally played to my Steinbeck-fangirl heart). Third, it takes place on another planet! Where there are no women!

Needless to say, I couldn’t get enough of The Knife of Never Letting Go. I can now say that I have a favorite literary animal: Manchee! Patrick Ness did such an amazing job of writing a lovable furry companion into the book. Manchee not only helped progress the story, but he provided adorable comic relief! (“Ow, Todd?”)

The human characters were superb as well. Todd’s metamorphosis from boy to man was so great! I loved reading about him gaining confidence and courage. Aaron was a great villain, too. The guy just wouldn’t die! You have to hand it to him, he’s dedicated to his cause!

I can’t talk much about other characters I enjoyed without spoiling the book, but I will say that I liked the person who joins up with Todd about a third of the way into the book, as well as the people they met along the way.

Lastly, I want to mention the amazing way that Patrick Ness built up suspense and mystery. I just kept turning page after page, wanting to find out what really happens when boys become men! The pages flew by, and before I knew it, I was looking doe-eyed at book two at Borders!

At the moment I am thinking about what to read next, do you have any ideas, guys? If yes, let me know in the comments below.

5/5 Stars for a unique story, fantastic characters, and one ruddy good dog!

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