The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) | Book Review

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)
Patrick Ness
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Publication Date: May 5th 2008
Number of Pages: 478
Source: Bought from Kindle UK Store

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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?

The Knife of Never Letting Go really does not give much away with it's synopsis does it?
From the get go, this book is fast paced with action, horror and sadness thrown at you from every angle. At first I struggled to get into the story because of the intentional use of bad grammar and misspellings. However, after I had been immersed into the story these issues were gone and I personally felt that the use of bad grammar and misspellings really added to Todd's character and the story. It really helped to portray Todd's inability to read and write properly.

However, the winner for me in this book was Todd and Manchee's relationship and how Todd changes his mind about Manchee as the story develops. Any book that has a dog yelling 'squirrel' or 'poo, Todd, poo', has me won! Oh how my simple mind is easily pleased with toilet humour ^_^

This story has so many underlying issues that are introduced and developed that it's easy to forget all about them - inequality of genders, the question of spiritualism and the choice of morals, right or wrong. I'm very interested to explore these topics within the story of Chaos Walking further and I will certainly be picking up the next book in the series, The Ask and The Answer.


  1. So glad to see you liked this. Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors, and this book was just amazing. I also enjoyed the poor spelling and grammar because it did add a necessary element to the story and helped to further understand Todd's character.

    Hope you enjoy The Ask and The Answer, I found it even better than The Knife of Never Letting Go! :)

    1. Thanks for your comment. I cannot wait to read The Ask and The Answer although I think it'll a couple of months because my TBR pile is incredibly big. Oh the life as a reading addict :-)


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