Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction
Target Audience: 12+
Rating: C- (56%)
Goodreads Rating: 3/5
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.
I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about Patrick Ness, having yet to read anything by him, I was really excited to step into a world of his own making. Perhaps I went in with too high expectations, or maybe I would never have liked it. I’m uncertain with which, perhaps it’s both.
What did I like about The Knife of Never Letting Go?
- It’s unique. I’ve never read anything like it.
- It sparks thought. I think everyone has spent some of their life pondering the idea of someone reading their mind, or having the ability to read someone else’s. This book really made me think about the consequences if everyone could read everyone else’s thoughts.
- There was a cute pupperino!
- I had some appealing characters that you meet throughout. I love characters that are a little different from the world. Everyone needs a Luna Lovegood in their life.
What didn’t I like about The Knife of Never Letting Go?
It’s about a thirteen/fourteen year old boy, and I’m a 23 year old girl, so… maybe I can’t relate? But I don’t think that’s it. I honeslty can’t put my finger on why I didn’t connect with this book. I’ve also thought that maybe it’s because this book sort of runs in a straight line, that nothing except the main issue happens? But even then, I don’t know. Perhaps I put this book on too high of a shelf? Maybe my expectations for Patrick Ness outweighed this book?
I’m sorry, but I think this is just one of those few books that I just can’t put my finger on. I loved the concept, I just didn’t like the book. In saying that, it’s not a bad book. I’m certain that if I was younger, maybe still in high school, I probably would have treated this one with higher regard. So, if you’ve been wanting to give a Patrick Ness book a go, give this one a try. (I mean, there is a movie coming out!)
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 5/10
Enjoyment Factor: 2/10