Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Series: Chaos Walking (Book 1)
Author: Patrick Ness
Release Date: May 5th 2018, Candlewick Press
Page Length: 479 (Paperback)
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Age Range: YA
Synopsis: 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.
Content warning: violence
I’ll be honest, this wont be the longest review ever. I don’t have much to say on it. So much of what I have to say would be huge spoilers and I really want to avoid that.
I listened to the audiobook. There were times that I was not fond of the narrator (especially when he attempted to sing). It was an interesting premise, but in the end I found it fell flat. I wanted more from it. About 2/3rds of the way through the book I decided I wasn’t going to finish the series. I wasn’t happy with the choices made in order to evoke emotion – they felt unnecessary – and all they managed to do was make me angry at the book, not the characters.
This book was fine. There was nothing making me want to finish it, other than it was a bookclub read so I felt I had to. There were points I wanted to stop, loosing interest because it either felt like there was no progress or because it managed to make me angry again. This world does not have a high opinion of woman and it had cringe worthy moments for me. I did not realize from the description that there were be such a divide. I felt little attachment to the main character, and found I was more interested in where the secondary character came from.
As you can tell from my thoughts above, I don’t think this book is worth picking up. Not for the length and definitely not for the series. With little emotion and attachment I felt little need to continue with it.