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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author:  Patrick Ness
14
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"I know what a girl is. Course I do. I seen ‘em in the Noise of their fathers in town, mourned like their wives but not nearly so often."

Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Or are there?

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Jun 20,2017
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The Knife Of Never Letting Go.

The Knife Of Never Letting Go is about a boy called Todd and his dog Manchee. They live in a world where a disease called “Noise” has caused everyone's thoughts to be let out like words.

One day Todd was walking in the swamp and he came across a spot of complete silence. When Todd discovers this patch of silence he is thrown into an adventure running from enemies desperately fighting for his life along an exciting journey.

This book is really good, it has some pretty gory scenes but not bad. I recommend this book for ages 12 and up. I enjoyed the excitement and tense moments in this book. The author of the book is Patrick Ness. The setting of The Knife Of Never Letting Go is young adult science fiction. The Knife Of Never Letting Go is the first book in a trilogy of book called Chaos Walking.

Nov 02,2016
0

I have not finished this book but I am really enjoying the following:

reading Manchee's thoughts

Viola and Todd's friendship

the use of technology and innovation

how the cultures clash

how females have power in one of the settlements

i cannot SEE how this  story will last as a trilogy, so that makes the reading even more intriguing!

May 05,2016
0

This book was in almost every aspect, sub-par.

I found the grammar and spelling throughout the novel thoroughly annoying, I understand the authour was trying to portray an iliterate character, but it took away from the substance of the book. The plotline was also a point of greivance for the enjoyment of the novel, it featured comeback after comeback from the two main protagonist and the inferior antagonist.

This book was also, I found a book that should be read by people in the reading-age bracket of 12-14. And is highly insulting intellectually not only to myself, but from my opinion ba good half of my class when set as a novel for English in year 10.

To finalise I find ths book is not to my taste.

Apr 29,2016
5

It was good.

Mar 17,2016
5

The knife of never letting go.

I walk into the woods with an annoying animal companion, my talking dog. Picking apples in the swamp is one of the un - manly jobs you get when you're not 13 until a couple of months. I stumble upon a spot of silence. Impossible. Unless it's a spackle, the so called enemy of Prentisstown, my home. I go deeper to explore, what I view is not a Spackle at all, but a female?

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. He is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the town, he knows that the it is hiding something from him; something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town, the two stumble upon a strange, silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Written with Todd's narration, readers are in for a heart racing journey in which a boy near edge of manhood must forget everything he knows to figure out who he truly is.


My Opinion: In the beginning, and for most of this book, I had a really hard time engaging. The prose is written in a convoluted mess of grammar and spelling, in an effort to convey how little Todd knows about reading and writing. For me, this took me out of the story., and readers will either not care, or care very much.

Todd is a very naive character, and it varied between being an endearing quality and an annoying one. I found that his interactions with other characters, Manchee especially, made this feel like it was driven more towards young boys as an audience.

My enjoyment of the book is due to the great literature and explanatory violence which makes me feel as if I were getting stabbed with a knife. I also appreciated that there wasn't a movie while I was occupied with the book, so I could create my own imagery. I learned more grammar, good techniques to write a book, and different types of texts.
But there are several other reasons.
It also set my mind to various problems I could solve in my mind, and with the two main characters having a chapter or so with just their perspective, really sets the scene in my mind.
My favourite part of the book was the introduction and the first part. I enjoyed this particular section because the mystery invited me to ask questions and infer what my opinion on the storyline was. It's also exciting to read a new book and to get lost into it.
I also learned new grammar, different types of texts to use in the future, and techniques to use in the wild!
I highly suggest it to people, ages 12 and up.
Also, I recommend it to people who love nonstop action, a tiny bit of romance, and a mystery to think about before you go to sleep. I say this because there is not a lot of information to tell you what the story is, but there are plenty of hidden clues to figure it out yourself.

Mar 17,2016
4

The knife of never letting go.

I walk into the woods with an annoying animal companion, my talking dog. Picking apples in the swamp is one of the un - manly jobs you get when you're not 13 until a couple of months. I stumble upon a spot of silence. Impossible. Unless it's a spackle, the so called enemy of Prentisstown, my home. I go deeper to explore, what I view is not a Spackle at all, but a female?

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. He is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the town, he knows that the it is hiding something from him; something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town, the two stumble upon a strange, silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Written with Todd's narration, readers are in for a heart racing journey in which a boy near edge of manhood must forget everything he knows to figure out who he truly is.


My Opinion: In the beginning, and for most of this book, I had a really hard time engaging. The prose is written in a convoluted mess of grammar and spelling, in an effort to convey how little Todd knows about reading and writing. For me, this took me out of the story., and readers will either not care, or care very much.

Todd is a very naive character, and it varied between being an endearing quality and an annoying one. I found that his interactions with other characters, Manchee especially, made this feel like it was driven more towards young boys as an audience.

My enjoyment of the book is due to the great literature and explanatory violence which makes me feel as if I were getting stabbed with a knife. I also appreciated that there wasn't a movie while I was occupied with the book, so I could create my own imagery. I learned more grammar, good techniques to write a book, and different types of texts.
But there are several other reasons.
It also set my mind to various problems I could solve in my mind, and with the two main characters having a chapter or so with just their perspective, really sets the scene in my mind.
My favourite part of the book was the introduction and the first part. I enjoyed this particular section because the mystery invited me to ask questions and infer what my opinion on the storyline was. It's also exciting to read a new book and to get lost into it.
I also learned new grammar, different types of texts to use in the future, and techniques to use in the wild!
I highly suggest it to people, ages 12 and up.
Also, I recommend it to people who love nonstop action, a tiny bit of romance, and a mystery to think about before you go to sleep. I say this because there is not a lot of information to tell you what the story is, but there are plenty of hidden clues to figure it out yourself.

 

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