13 November, 2015

REVIEW: THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking #1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 479

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SYNOPSIS: Imagine you're the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit in with their plans...

Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run...


I had hear of the Chaos Walking series around the time The Hunger Games and Divergent were skyrocketing. I wish I had read it before because it is a good dystopian :)
This book was also chosen as the November read in ThatOneReader's Book Club and it was good timing because I already had it in my November to-be-read list.



THE WORLD: Where do I start? The world is set in a different planet. Most probably in another galaxy as well... so as a summary: humans screwed up Earth (Old World) and were forced to launch space ships in order to find other suitable planets. Eventually a ship with a few people found a suitable planet which they just called New World and settled there. These early settlers were mostly religious people, from the Church and they only wanted to "go back in time" when people lived in villages and subsisted thanks to farming and fishing. Therefore, we have a new planet where humans arrive but surprise! there are aliens living there already called Spackles, which were actually civilized and kind, and surprise 2.0 there was some kind of virus in the air of the planet that made men sick. After they recovered from the sickness they were able to read everyone's thoughts! Obviously, everyone could read your thoughts as well... except women. Women could read men's thoughts but men could not read women's (isn't that how it actually is though?). Also animals started projecting their thoughts and with all that Noise men went crazy, they went nuts... war with the Spackles and then more war but I can't tell what happened next because it would be a spoiler. Sorry.

CHARACTERS: The main character is Todd Hewitt. He was born in New World and specifically in a town called Prentisstown. I swear everyone in that town has lost their mind... oh, and there are only men in the town. No women at all. Todd is also the last "boy" in the town meaning he hasn't reach the age of 13 when he would then be considered a "man" by Prentisstown's laws. It's a bit confusing at first because years in New World have 13 months so technically Todd would be older. Anyway, one day Todd is walking his dog, Manchee, when he encounters a kind of "hole of silence" like a place where he can't hear any Noise and he knows it's strange and dangerous. He then returns to his home and tells his "dads" (because his real father and mother are dead) Ben and Cillian about it. They immediately tell Todd to run because he is in danger and so he goes off with Manchee. Right after leaving the town he encounters the "hole" again and turns out is not a hole but a girl. Todd had never seen a girl before but he knows of them because of videos and some books they showed in school. The story becomes even more confusing when the whole town, lead by the Major Prentiss and his son Prentiss Jr., marches after Todd like they're trying to kill him so Todd, Manchee, and the girl, Viola Eade, have to run for their lives and try to make it to the other settlements alive, specially the biggest settlement called Haven. That's what the book is about really but there is so much going on! Oh oh oh and there is this one character I hated with all my heart, ugh, the priest of the town, Aaron. Oh how I hated him!

LOVE: Nah, there is no love. Todd and Viola become friends but they're too young and innocent [insert angel emoji here]

PLUS: The story is very fast paced and, although you have no clue as to what's going on, the story really drags you in because it's interesting. I also enjoyed Todd's description of the Noise because he just does it very naturally, duh he was born to it.
Manchee! The dog is a big plus I tell you and an important character! Manchee the puppup.
What else? Oh yeah there is no forced romance or anything between Todd and Viola. They're just friends and they take care of each other.

MINUS: One minus was that I could tell more or less what the big secret concerning Prentisstown was. You just see it coming miles away but Todd and Viola don't know anything and when they're told they are horrified. I was horrified too but I found out earlier... just put the pieces together Todd it wasn't that hard either. Anyway, my biggest minus was the language. Since they're settlers in another world who don't care for history or education in general (just farming/survival skills) they talk in slang. I have a big problem reading slang because I don't understand half of the words and I don't know which word they're the slang from. Ugh, it was annoying to read like that!
NOTE: friendly reminder that English is not my first language nor I have studied or even heard slang often.

OVERALL: 4 stars. Very solid ones. I thought the setting and the story were quite original and different from the dystopias nowadays. The end was not a total shocker but it really got me, I want to know what happens next! Why is "X" so crazy? Geez, he craves power as well. What is "Y" gonna do now? Is "Z" gonna survive? All these questions! I have to see if I can get my hands on the sequels hopefully with a discount :)



What do you guys think about THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO?