Sunday, 19 June 2011
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee -- whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not -- stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden -- a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
It didn't take long for this suspenseful novel to grab me. I found myself being whisked away and left blind to my surroundings, unable to predict the twists and turns that lay ahead. It was an emotional read and not for the faint of heart. It made me laugh, it made me want to cry, it made me angry and it filled me with hope. It is jam-packed with action, murder, violence, betrayal and mystery.
The spelling errors, despite being justified, make it a bit of frustrating read and it took me a few chapters to get used to it but it eventually drew me deeper into the story. At times I wanted to grab the characters and slap some sense into them but that is just a part of what makes this book such a compelling read.