- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.com Release Date: February 24, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005NCOCJK
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The Knife of Never Letting Go
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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.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the fact that we are constantly reminded of the pain Todd is in, whether it be physical or otherwise. Maybe I'm just a poor reader, but in other books I tend to forget a character's current state (injured, heartbreak, etc.) and so I can't fully get into the character's mindset. Here, I felt I could do just that, and so "suffer alongside with" Todd. I think a lot of this also had to do with the author's brilliant writing style. It was very "talky", light, emotional and kind of liek a conversation the POW (Todd) is having with himself.
Not many things annoyed me through the book, except Aaron. It is never hinted at in the book, that I noticed, but that guy can not be human! No one would ever survive all the things he went through, so I believe he did something to himself to boost his endurance or something.
As I'm sure other readers will agree to, I also really hated that Manchee died. I got to love that dog and the relationship between him and Todd. I almost cried when I read the last few lines before he died. His confusion was so sad when he couldn't understand why Todd left him :(
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.
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