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"Skillfully structured narrative creates an elegant mixture of action, dialogue, and dark, dsytopian pathos." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- File Size : 2375 KB
- Publication Date : October 18, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Candlewick Press (October 18, 2010)
- Print Length : 497 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B0044UHVR2
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,949 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
There is a great deal of background to the story, but Ness takes his time revealing that background, giving the reader the chance to discover it slowly and naturally. His use of language is outstanding, sometimes poetic, but always immediate enough to appeal to young readers as well as readers my age (68).
Working with young people for whom this book is directed, I know they love series books. They dislike having to let go of the characters they have fallen in love with. However, I'm not a fan of series books, but the Chaos Walking series, of which The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first part, is a notable exception. I'm going to read the next book in the series after finishing The Knife of Never Letting Go.
I highly recommend this book not only to the ages for which is intended but for any adult who appreciates well-written, engaging fiction.
Top reviews from other countries
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.
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.
That aside, the storyline is clever, fast paced and holds your interest with suspense and cunning. You even start questioning your own thoughts as to which side os good and which side is evil. It's defiantly worth pushing through that annoying beginning and into another successful YA dystopian world, as the young settlers find their way through lifes, love and tribulations. The book ends on a massive cliff hanger, and thankfully book 2 continues the rich vein of twists and suspense. It's only a matter of time until this trilogy finds its way to the silver screen
I will not reiterate what the novel is about, as several other reviewers have already done so. What I will say is that Ness draws characters that, frankly, take my breath away. There are very few contemporary writers who can write a novel for children/young adults that have characters so believeable they make me laugh, gasp, hold my breath, and cry buckets, all in the space of a few pages. (My personal favourite was Manchee the dog, and his death had me sobbing). Add to that Ness's unique use of language; fresh and exciting plot themes and twists, and you have one hell of a good novel.
If this book does not become a classic and sits beside the likes of '1984' and 'Lord of the Flies' there is no justice in the literary world.