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Review: ‘The Knife of Never Letting go’ By Patrick Ness

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Publisher: Walker Books

What the ‘Blurb’ says:

‘Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run…’

My Thoughts:

I saw this being talked about on YouTube a few months ago and it seemed really interesting.

This is about a place called Prentisstown, where there are no women and all of the men living there, can hear each other’s thoughts.

The story is told by Todd Hewitt, the main central character and, because we are hearing his thoughts and he is illiterate, a lot of the words in this book are incorrectly spelled. This actually annoyed me to begin with but as the book went on, I actually think that this was a good idea, because I really believed in Todd’s character and I got into the story quicker. I loved the experimental style of the writing and different fonts, to describe different people’s thoughts. You could tell a lot about each speaker, by the font of their thoughts. I really liked this technique and thought it was very effective. As the book went on, I thought some of the writing was very poetic and approached the target audience in a non patronizing way.

One thing I might add, would be that throughout the book, Todd kept asking people what was going on. He was repeatedly told ‘I’ll explain later’. Now I know this was to keep you reading on, but I felt like some of the important information that was given, could have been more frequently placed through out the novel, instead of having quite a lengthy explanation near the end of the book.

The majority of the characters were realistic and I liked the relationship between Todd and the other main central characters. However, I thought the character Aaron, was a little cartoony.

This is a very fast paced story and I found it difficult to put this down.The plot itself wasn’t predictable and I was eager to know what was going to happen.

The ending of this book for some reason, left me a little underwhelmed. I was expecting more of an impact. However, I’m still really eager to know what is going to happen in the next book.

My Rating ****

8 thoughts on “Review: ‘The Knife of Never Letting go’ By Patrick Ness”

  1. You were much nicer about the ending to this than I was. I literally (LITERALLY!) threw the book across the room because it ended on such a cliff hanger. I was so mad, I still haven’t even tried to get the next in the series. UGH

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