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Chaos Walking Movie Tie-in Edition: The Knife of Never Letting Go Kindle Edition
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"Need a poo, Todd."
"Shut up, Manchee."
"Poo. Poo, Todd."
"I said shut it."
We’re walking across the wild fields southeast of town, those ones that slope down to the river and head on toward the swamp. Ben’s sent me to pick him some swamp apples and he’s made me take Manchee with me, even tho we all know Cillian only bought him to stay on Mayor Prentiss’s good side and so suddenly here’s this brand-new dog as a present for my birthday last year when I never said I wanted any dog, that what I said I wanted was for Cillian to finally fix the fissionbike so I wouldn’t have to walk every forsaken place in this stupid town, but oh, no, happy birthday, Todd, here’s a brand-new puppy, Todd, and even tho you don’t want him, even tho you never asked for him, guess who has to feed him and train him and wash him and take him for walks and listen to him jabber now he’s got old enough for the talking germ to set his mouth moving? Guess who?
"Poo," Manchee barks quietly to himself. "Poo, poo, poo."
"Just have yer stupid poo and quit yapping about it."
I take a switch of grass from beside the trail and I swat after him with it. I don’t reach him, I don’t mean to reach him, but he just laughs his little barking laugh and carries on down the trail. I follow after him, switching the switch against the grass on either side, squinting from the sun, trying not to think about nothing at all.
We don’t need apples from the swamp, truth be told. Ben can buy them at Mr. Phelps’s store if he really wants them. Also true: going to the swamp to pick a few apples is not a job for a man cuz men are never allowed to be so idle. Now, I won’t officially become a man for thirty more days. I’ve lived twelve years of thirteen long months each and another twelve months besides, all of which living means I’m still one month away from the big birthday. The plans are being planned, the preparayshuns prepared, it will be a party, I guess, tho I’m starting to get some strange pictures about it, all dark and too bright at the same time, but neverthelessI will become a man and picking apples in the swamp is not a job for a man or even an almost-man.
But Ben knows he can ask me to go and he knows I’ll say yes to going because the swamp is the only place anywhere near Prentisstown where you can have half a break from all the Noise that men spill outta theirselves, all their clamor and clatter that never lets up, even when they sleep, men and the thoughts they don’t know they think even when everyone can hear. Men and their Noise. I don’t know how they do it, how they stand each other.
Men are Noisy creachers.
"Squirrel!" Manchee shouts and off he goes, jumping off the trail, no matter how loud I yell after him, and off I have to go, too, across the (I look round to make sure I’m alone) goddam fields cuz Cillian’ll have a fit if Manchee falls down some goddam snake hole and of course it’ll be my own goddam fault even tho I never wanted the goddam dog in the goddam first place.
"Manchee! Get back here!"
I have to kick my way thru the grass, getting grublets stuck to my shoes. One smashes as I kick it off, leaving a green smear across my sneakers, which I know from experience ain’t coming out. "Manchee!" I rage.
"Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!"
He’s barking round the tree and the squirrel’s skittering back and forth on the tree trunk, taunting him. Come on, Whirler dog, says its Noise. Come on, come get, come on, come get. Whirler, Whirler, Whirler.
"Squirrel, Todd! Squirrel!"
Goddam, animals are stupid.
I grab Manchee by the collar and hit him hard across his back leg. "Ow, Todd? Ow?" I hit him again. And again. "Ow? Todd?"
"Come on," I say, my own Noise raging so loud I can barely hear myself think, which is something I’m about to regret, you watch.
Whirler boy, Whirler boy, thinks the squirrel at me. Come get, Whirler boy.
"You can eff off, too," I say, except I don’t say "eff ", I say what "eff" stands for.
And I really, really shoulda looked round again.
_______ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Skillfully structured narrative creates an elegant mixture of action, dialogue, and dark, dsytopian pathos." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08NSGQTG3
- Publisher : Candlewick Press; Media Tie In edition (November 24, 2020)
- Publication date : November 24, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5292 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 497 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0763645761
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #797,145 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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You do NOT kill the dog, especially if it’s the most innocent and sympathetic character in a story with few innocent and sympathetic characters. The violence is excessive, driving the plot from one violent incident to the next, numbing you to caring about anyone or anything. I know many readers love this book. To each his own. It’s hard to believe this is the same author who wrote the terrific “Release.”
This book was so incredibly well-written, engaging, and intense. I couldn't put it down. But then I got to the end.
I just can't handle books like this. I can read dystopia (I read it a lot, actually), but there's just something about unrelenting pursuit and completely ridiculous odds that I can't stomach. I'm pretty sure the next book will contain things my emotional state just isn't up for, and I must politely decline to scar myself for life.
As much as I liked most of this book, I just can't see myself reading the next one.
I connected well with all the characters (maybe too well; maybe that's the problem), and even though, at the beginning, I thought the style of the writing and Todd's point of view were going to drive me nuts, I quickly got used to it and even liked it. The plot was unique and the timing was spot on. All in all, this is a great book that I'm sure lots of people will love. I'm just not one of them. Don't base your reading of this book on me, though, because I also wimped out on movies like Training Day, American History X, and Full Metal Jacket, which are widely regarded as very well-made and excellent films. Just not for me. I'm not in any way saying that this book is as violent as these movies, although it does have its gory spots.
I'm saying that it has that same vibe of hopelessness that I just can't deal with.
TL;DR: If you like books that make you sad, definitely try this series on. This book was superb, honestly. I just can't deal with the feels.
It immediately begins with Todd Hewitt the main character, and introduces us to a world where every thought in each characters heads are audible to everyone—including the animals. Ness refers to this as ‘noise.’
In order to write this style effectively, the ‘noise’ doesn’t match font or format. The type overlaps, some is larger than other, and it creates a visual noise on the page to match the audible noise to the characters.
The book is placed in the young adult genre, but this as much due to the main character’s age as the audience. It handles very heavy themes in a mature manner, and doesn’t condescend to its audience.
The book is not just interesting format and concept, but also a very intelligently written, immediately captivating story of Todd and his dog and a new friend he meets when he runs away from his home.
This was one of the few times I was actually unable to put the book down and when I finished reading it, I immediately needed to purchase the second in the trilogy.
In a time where we’re being inundated by Young Adult novels and series about dystopic societies it is refreshing to read something truly unique, which doesn’t sacrifice any quality in that uniqueness.
If you enjoy the Young Adult or Science Fiction genres, I would strongly recommend this book. It is deep, fun, makes intelligent statements about society—as all good Sci-fi should— and has believable, and relatable characters within a scenario that is unlike anything you’ve ever read or experienced.
The main character in this book is a young boy. 12, almost 13, by their alien years. More like 14 plus in earth years. He lives in a small town full of men. Only men. He believes that it is the only group of people on the entire planet. After a sickness kills his mother, he is raised by two men in that town on a farm. Oh, and everyone can hear what everyone else is thinking all the time. The animals talk as well. He has a dog that he is not too happy to have. That is his entire life summed up right there. The same thing, day and in day out. Until it isn't. He meets our other main character. A girl. Shocking on q planet with nothing but the men of his town on the whole thing. His world, what he believes to he true and right, begin to implode from that point and gets worse as the book goes on. He has to grapple with what he has been taught and what he is seeing. She has to learn to live on a world where men's thoughts spill into the air like a breath and unusual creatures survive.
Sounds good, right? Eh. Most of the creatures are pretty normal. There are some unusual ones. They all talk, but crickets and crocs arent really a stretch of the imagination. I doubt the settlers brought crocs to repopulate an alien planet, so these are native crocs. Funny how they have the same animals we have. Little things like that bothered me about the story. We have a villain, but not once does it talk about how he does what he does. Doesn't seem very scary either. Power hungry? Sure. Why though does he have the boys do what they do to become men? What does that do for him? More things bother me but I cant say without it being a spoiler. The priest seems to be superhuman. No reason why given.
The girl and the boy go along meeting people and learning things throughout the book. They spend most of their time running or hiding. It should feel exciting. For some reason, it doesn't. At least for me it didn't. It felt like something was missing. The something that draws you in and makes you stay up way too late to find out what happens next. It also seemed very short. I read this book in a couple of hours. I'm a fairly fast reader, but I expected it to feel longer. It's almost 500 pages, but it felt like 200.
It's well edited. It does have misspellings but that is absolutely on purpose. I believe it's to show how uneducated he is and to differentiate his from the girl in future books.
I don't know what is missing, but I feel like something is. For me at least. I will not be reading the rest of the series.
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The premise of The Knife of Never Letting Go is that finding what (I presume is) our current world is corrupt and evil so god fearing folk have travelled to a new world where they plan to go back to basics and live clean, good lives. But it doesn't exactly go to plan.
As the only 'boy' in his village Todd has grown up believing one thing only to find out that it isn't in fact exactly true.
It's a book about self discovery, love, friendship and understanding. And let me tell you one thing it's heartbreaking in fact no, not heartbreaking it's goddam heart wrenching!
Although it has pretty much destroyed me, there's no denying that this is an amazing YA novel. It has all the ingredients to make it into a fantastic series and I can't wait to get started on the second book.
However, apparently, this book had been much talked about in her school library and reading group and she had been keen to try it!
Having just finished it, I can honestly say that she was enthralled - and proceeded to relay the entire story back to me, bit by bit, for many nights afterwards! That is how I know it's a good book!
Now I'll definitely have to buy her the next two in the trilogy.
This brilliant book is about a boy caled Todd. He lives in a small hamlet called Prentisstown and he is the last boy left there. Normal, right? Wrong. For in Prentisstown there is something called noise, which lets everyone hear and see what you're thinking. But that's not all. The native species on this planet, called spackle, wiped out every other civilization and also killed every female too. But when Todd finds a lone girl, about his age, his world turns upside down.
This is a great first book, with sci-fi, action and mystery all rolled into one. With lies, secrets, betrayal and a race against time, this book is a must read, no matter what you like.