Todd Hewitt’s life for as long as he remembers has been in the New World. When his parents came to the New World , then renamed Prentiss Town, a virus wiped out all the females, caused all animals to be able to talk, and all mens thoughts come right out of there in the open for all to see and hear. This constant mind chatter is known as The Noise and Todd has never known silence, as his own Noise is always with him. Nothing is private in Prentiss Town.
Todd, on the verge of becoming thirteen, is the only boy left in the town. When you turn thirteen, you are said to become a man, and Todd will be the last one in this community to become a man. He’s not even sure what that means… but he is about twenty days from finding out.
Then, while out in the woods with his dog, Manchee, Todd discovers something… a skip in the Noise. Yes, there actually is a silence and now knowing of this, Todd discovers quickly that his own thoughts betray him and soon the whole town knows what he has discovered and his life is in danger.
“Your Noise Reveals You Todd Hewitt!!!
Now Todd and Manchee are on the run, following the river and having no idea what is out beyond, but having no choice but to run from the towns people who will not let this last boy go….
“If one of us falls… we all fall.”
This is a book that shows a great example why it is not smart to judge a book by its cover. Sure, I heard of this book when it was first released in the fall of 2008 the cover did not appeal to me and I passed on it.
Passed on it. (This could be the story I tell grandchildren some day…. Yup, I passed on one of the best books I ever read”) You can imagine their big eyes… and the shame… oh the shame…
The Knife Of Never Letting Go came back on my radar when I seen the awards being won by the third book in this series, Monsters Of Men. I was instantly drawn in, not connecting Monsters Of Men to this book at all until I dived in further…
here is where the shame begins…
Upon writing a post about my desire to follow this series, the comments started coming in about how amazing The Knife Of Never Letting Go was and how I had better have all three books at once as each is left with an incredible cliff hanger that you will not want to wait to move on from…. so on sheer push and book peer pressures (oh you know who you are :razz:) … I ordered all three books at once….
then sat waiting for them to arrive, hoping I had not made a mistake….
really… sci fi, not my thing.
When I started Knife Of Never Letting Go and in short time I was reading conversations with a talking dog, I thought, “hoo boy… I am not sure if I will get into this,” and then…
I always enjoy when a story line goes outside the cookie cutter shapes that many books follow today. A leap so to speak, of breaking the mold. Patrick Ness did just that. I would not call this book so much sci Fi as adventure dystopia. At, may I add, it’s finest.
Within pages I was totally following this new character Todd, and had no problem at all with the talking dog Manchee… in fact, Manchee really (REALLY REALLY) grew on me. Fast paced, as I like my books, soon I was running with Todd and Manchee, discovering the Silence, and feeling the dangers that lay ahead… and behind.
I found this book to be unique, fascinating, and ranks for me higher than Hunger Games (which is soooo rave worthy!). I can’t quite put my finger on what it is that I loved about this book so much, other than the characters feel real, flesh and blood real, dark and spooky real, painfully real. Even the writing (and those of you who have read this before me know what I mean)… pages of Noise, impacted me as brilliant. Font size…. touched me also. Pages of words… let loose feelings of emotion.
My recommendations if you are going to dip into this series –
1. Set aside some time to READ… really I did not want to put the book down.
2. Make sure you have book two close at hand – the end of this one will leave you wanting to dive right into the next (The Ask And The Asking)
A good 20 tear read… (kleenex also a must) I can not recommend this book enough. You do not want to be on the outside looking in on this one.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading Map has been updated to include The Knife Of Never Letting Go
Purchased from Amazon.com