Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

the knife of never letting goThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Series: The Chaos Walking Trilogy #1
Published by: Candlewick Press (first published) on May 5th 2008
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 479
Source: Purchased- Paperback


My Rating: 4 stars2

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. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town 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 in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

Todd is the youngest boy in his town called Prentisstown. There are no girls/women in this town anymore; they have all died. Everyone can hear each others thoughts, as well as any other living creature.

Todd has only one more month until he’s a man, but something happens and he has to flee his town unexpectedly. He can’t bring his (adopted) dads with him, only Manchee (his dog) and some supplies. He doesn’t understand why they are forcing him to leave. They only give him a book and tell him to open it and read it when he’s far away from Prentisstown. Well, it’s hard to read a book if you were never taught how!

Todd meets an unexpected person who he thought he would never come in contact with ever again. They both as well as Manchee, run off to a town where they will be safe. Because, until then, they will be chased by the entire town of Prentisstown.

my thoughts 2

I read this along with a couple friends from BookTube. I REALLY enjoyed it book, just not my favorite. I’m VERY eager to see what happens next because the ending leaves a cliff hanger and it’s driving me crazy not knowing what happens next.

I really enjoyed this world! To be in a world where you literally hear every thought and words from any living creature sounds interesting. Not something I would want to experience myself-because I might go crazy- but an interesting take on a futuristic world!

I have to say hands down my favorite character was Manchee. Yes, I realize it’s a dog. But seriously, I LOVED this dog to pieces and I want him as my dog to keep forever.

Man…. Aaron… He’s one scary dude right there. He freaked me out the entire time. I pictured him as a zombie or something scary along those lines. HE FREAKED ME OUT!

I really enjoyed the growing relationship between Todd, Manchee and Violet. Especially Todd and Violet. They both developed a lot over the course of the book and I really enjoyed their characters.

I’m so excited to continue on with the trilogy!

favorite quotes

“We are the choices we make.” — Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go


“Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.” — Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go


“The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.
About anything.
“Need a poo, Todd.”
“Shutup, Manchee.”
“Poo. Poo, Todd.”
“I said shut it.” — Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go


“Hope may be the thing that pulls you forward, may be the thing that keeps you going, but that it’s dangerous, that it’s painful and risky, that it’s making a dare in the world and when has the world ever let us win a dare?” — Patrick Ness, The Knife of Never Letting Go


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