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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Ness, Patrick (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Knife of Never Letting Go
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Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
Authors: Ness, Patrick, 1971-
Title: The knife of never letting go
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st U.S. pbk. ed.
Characteristics: 479, [4] p. ;,23 cm.
Notes: Includes excerpt from "The ask and the answer".
Summary: Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
Audience: Ages 14 and up.
Awards & Distinctions: Guardian Children's Fiction Prize; Booktrust Teenage Prize.
Local Note: 7 9 15 56 60 79 109 118 148 152 172 173 211 216 222 244 250 264 278
ISBN: 0763645761
9780763645762
Statement of Responsibility: Patrick Ness
Subject Headings: Science fiction. Space colonies Juvenile fiction. Human-animal communication Juvenile fiction. Telepathy Juvenile fiction. Social problems Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Science fiction.
Space colonies
Human-animal communication
Telepathy
Social problems
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Jun 26, 2014
  • afry882 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is an AMAZING book that people of all ages (past the age of 12- it is rather intense) can enjoy. Each book in the trilogy (this is the first book) is better than the last one, as each book utilizes information from the previous one and expands upon it in an eloquently written and exciting way. I recommend this book highly!

Jun 25, 2014
  • qwertyuiop12 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing but, THEY KILLED MANCHEE!! that was horrible man.

The unique part of the book is that you can feel Todd's experiences weighing on him and feel him learn from them, this is one of the best books I have read!

Book One of what is arguably the best YA series I've ever read. As a teacher and as a lover of good books, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Dec 31, 2013
  • Purplekat7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those books that don't quite pull you in at the beginning and then after a chapter or so you begin to enjoy it. Or at least it was for me. It kind of reminded me just a little of maze runner. The difference is that I really liked this book and maze runner wasn't my favorite. I suggest that everyone give it a try! Just the first few chapters. I promise you'll end up enjoying it.

Dec 28, 2013
  • genmgm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Overall I enjoyed this book. It had a good pace and I wanted to keep reading to know what happened next. If you have a chance to get ahold of Patrick Ness' short story, New World, it is a nice lead in to the book, though it isn't immediately evident how the stories are connected. My only complaint is that the ending was a cliffhanger, but that just made me want to read the next book, so perhaps it worked?

mvkramer, epic fantasy/scifi is nothing like this. it has nothing to do with it. why do you say novels should aspire to be like this? in my opinion, this book was okay. nothing special. kind of boring. how do you like that?

Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This series is what every epic fantasy/scifi series should aspire to be -- drama without angst; love without sappy "romance" -- and the ending is perfect! The books become a very sophisticated reflection on violence, fear, prejudice, and the human tendency to do evil. If you love riveting stories with a lot of meat, for heaven's sake read this series.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book which again raises the question: Why is mankind so intent on destroying all while attempting to rebuild? Almost-man Todd runs head-on into this premise as he struggles to separate what he's been told, what is true, and what to believe in. And all the while he's dealing with 'The Noise,' which presents a pretty chilling hell on earth.

Sep 20, 2013
  • DDTan rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

When the best character in the book doesn't say much, and is a dog, you know your main characters have issues.

Another YA, yet in the many new YA fiction written to just sell books, and hopefully, be made into a movie. That's what this book was doing. Boy meets girl, together, they face common threat, with a sci-fi twist thrown in to appear creative. Oh, and don't answer anything very much in one book, no no, you have to stretch the mundane to sell more books. 'Cause heavens forbid, a book that has a start and a proper finish doesn't make as much money. Oh and the sci-fi twist, BLAH! take the "noise" out of the book and it wouldn't have made any difference. It's the same run-of-the-mill stuff you find in current YA nowadays, but with telepathy instead of vampires and werewolves. But don't let it fool you, it's no H. G. Wells Sci Fi book, nor is it a Tolkienist fantasy. Instead it's just another teen-emo-book.

I found much of the book to be uneventful and the action to be tedious. The book never tackles any real philosophical issues that it raises, and the dialog sounded to me like excited ramblings that didn't actually go anywhere, except in a regurgitated mess, saying really nothing. Just have your characters runaround being chase by bad guys, and, all the while, have them whine as much as possible about how life isn't fair, just like what a spoiled kid would do if they don't get their way. Oh and make it as annoying as possible too, just like in one of those horror movies where Jason keeps rising from the dead, and you think to yourself: why don't you just chop him into a thousand pieces when you have him down and feed him to the birds, or why the big-breasted woman is running upstairs to call 911 instead of running out the front door of the house to get away from the axe wielding killer.

If you're looking for a good scifi/fantasy book with some depth, this is not the one to get.

Aug 07, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is the kind of book that grabs you from the first chapter and doesn't let you go. The Knife of Never Letting Go is built with its own mythology and language (which was done so seamlessly, even my English major/professional editor/grammar Nazi twitch didn't go off). The main character is a 13 year old boy, and he's written with a beautiful (and realistic) blend of innocence and pride. He's fully relatable, and although the world is very different from ours, there are quite a few 'take aways' from the story.

You could read it an enjoy the fast-paced, gripping adventure story (with some breathtaking cliffhanger moments). And you can also put the book down and shudder to think how some areas of the world, and the nation, could fall into the same reasoning as the population of this mythic world. And how we as planetary colonists might repeat the mistakes of the past.

I also love that the female character is strong and independent (as the male character is) without being reliant on the male character for a voice or identity. The nature of their relationship progresses in a natural pace, without feeling forced or shallow. All of this makes The Knife of Never Letting Go one of those books that's not quite YA (although the main characters are young), despite where it may be shelved in the library.

I must warn you- the book's ending is in no way a conclusion. It's a little frustrating, as I wanted to pick up the second book right away and keep going...only I don't have the second book. Yet.

I recommend this book for lovers of adventure (especially the fast-paced, seat-of-your-pants kind), exceptional coming-of-age stories in a unique setting, great balances of male and female character dynamic, and classic "what makes us human" science fiction.

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Dec 31, 2013
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Todd lives in a town where there are no women, and men hear each other's thoughts all the time. As far as Todd can remember, it's just the way things are. One day, though, Todd finds someone in the forest -- a girl. More incredible, the girl has come from space; the advance scout from a colony ship. And, most incredibly, Todd can't hear her thoughts at all. When the men from Todd's town learn about the girl, terrible secrets are revealed -- and they have to run for their lives through a world larger and more dangerous than Todd ever imagined.

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Apr 11, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Violence: brutal violence lots of blood

Apr 11, 2013
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: one use of F*ck

Nov 16, 2011
  • LifefilledNights rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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