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

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  77,435 ratings  ·  8,952 reviews
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 impossi ...more
ebook, 497 pages
Published October 18th 2010 by Candlewick (first published 2008)
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Shirley I was annoyed at first but I found it helped me "hear" his voice/accent a little better. The different fonts for the different POVs were helpful for…moreI was annoyed at first but I found it helped me "hear" his voice/accent a little better. The different fonts for the different POVs were helpful for me too.(less)
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karen
i have 2,410 friends on goodreads.com.

199 of them have this book on their shelves.
of that number, only 28 have read it.

to the other 171 of you, i say - "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???" and you can see i am serious about this, because i have done math in order to convince you.**

and i know, i know. there are a lot of books in the world, most of us are mortal, who has the time, etc. i myself had all three of the books in this trilogy just smooshed in the middle of piles of other books at my place, thi
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The Holy Terror
Things that didn't bother me:

The grammar and misspellings - normally this would bother me, but I quickly got used to it, so I don't fault him there.

The swearing - you will notice from my status updates that I don't mind a well-placed curse.

The violence - I play violent video games, watch violent movies, and I don't mind violence in books when it makes sense.

The cliffhanger - maybe if I didn't have a copy of the second book on hold at the library I would be upset, but cliffhangers don't normally
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Rachel Hartman
Boy oh boy. I can't remember the last time I felt so simultaneously positive and negative about a book. Hence the three stars, averaging everything out.

(Just realized that I reviewed this at my blog but not here. Here's the cut-n-paste)

This review will, by necessity, have lots of spoilers, because the things I liked (and disliked) are very specific. Insofar as I can give you something spoiler-free, here goes: I love the concept; the world is unique and well-realized; the relationship between the
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Kat Stark


This book was like opening a present on Christmas day.

You wait anxiously. Staring at that one gift. You know, the important one from that important person. And you're thinking what the hell is in there? Maybe you even go under the tree sometime in the middle of the night and you shake the crap out of it to figure out what it was.

You're getting bored of just waiting around.

You wanna open the damn thing already.

And your bored and your waiting and nothing is happening.

Then it's Christmas morning. Y
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Meg ♥
Mar 07, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meg ♥ by: karen

In this absorbing world Patrick Ness created, only men exist. All of the men can hear each other's thoughts, and these thoughts are called noise. When you turn 14 you become a man, and the anticipation for this is astounding.


Todd Hewitt is about to become a man. He was told that there are no woman, because they were all killed off. One day, when he's out with his dog, Manchee, he finds a spot where there is no noise. Surely, he thinks, this is impossible. Soon he is confused further, when his pa
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Emily May
I'm always hesitant when it comes to reading books categorised as for 'children', but this is one of those books that is so important, clever and gripping it does not deserve to be limited by calling it merely a 'children's' book.

I'm finding it difficult to put into words just how much I loved this novel, I could not put it down. It makes you think, makes you laugh, makes you cry... this really is a literary triumph. It should be compulsory reading for everyone.

It tells the story of Todd, the la
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Nancy
Young Todd Hewitt is on the verge of manhood and living in Prentisstown, a world without women and where the thoughts of men and “creachers” can be heard. Todd’s dad died of illness and his ma was the “last of the women”, according to Ben, one of two men who are raising him. Todd likes to go to the swamp to collect apples, because it is the only place where he can get a break from men’s “Noise” – their secrets, their thoughts, their memories. While out on a walk with his talking dog, Manchee, To ...more
Priscilla
Seriously? SERIOUSLY?!

Okay, here's some first impressions:
1) Awesome.
2) Great.
3) EFFING awesome.
4) Manchee!!
5) Seriously?!
6) Non-stop, action, adventure, twists, unexpected relationships, character development unlike any other, heartache, anticipation, lovely, sweet, horror, anger, unique writing style, original and fresh.
7) Seriously chaos walking.

Watch out for a video review tomorrow :)
Joyzi
Dec 16, 2010 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ifs yer a grammar nazi don hother *kidding*
Recommended to Joyzi by: The Hype
Complete, Edited and without effing Spoilers!

Caution: This book is not for sensitive and fainthearted readers. The book contains murder, misogyny, gore, violence against children, children doing brutal things and foul language. Seriously IMO this fits more to adult readers, it was just so sick and disturbing that a part of me believed that this probably should not be in the YA category (or maybe that’s just me). 16 years old and plus will do (I copy the same censorship of Elfen Lied and Higurash
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Laini
Hard to know how to rate this book. It is amazing and powerful, but so sad it made me angry and made me not want to recommend it to anyone. If you're up for a punch in the stomach. . . here's your book.
Kristin (KC)

(A Poo-Todd Audio Reread)

*4 Stars*

This book was a pleasant surprise, and not at all because I thought its storyline wouldn't work, but I was skeptical as to whether it would work for me.

Told through the candid and youthful perspective of a twelve year old boy on the cusp of manhood, The Knife of Never Letting Go presents an incredibly unique plot that's both simple in its storytelling and layered in its depth.

Todd is the youngest boy in a society consisting solely of men, and this is his norma
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Jo

Initial Final Page Thoughts.

OMFG. Proceeded by a scramble to buy the next book. I think this book had a more intense cliff hanger than The Italian Job.

High Point.

This could also be a low point… but I’m going to class it as a high point, for I have found a series that grabbed me as much (maybe more… WOAH) as The Hunger Games. And yes, I may become a hermit and forget to eat while I read these books, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Manchee! I LOVE the writing style, it was annoying at firs
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Amanda
In a world where we're bombarded with technology, our senses are often overwhelmed by the amount of noise and it's becoming increasingly difficult to find true quiet anymore (especially since most of us just plug into our computer or iPod as soon as it is quiet). A constant stream of sound and images feed us information, prod us toward rampant consumerism, and entertain us. I've become increasingly aware that many of my students seem uncomfortable with simple quiet--always wanting some sort of n ...more
Rollie
Dec 15, 2010 Rollie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dystopian Novels Fanatics
Recommended to Rollie by: Isamlq
What if you’re in another world; another planet? What if you haven’t seen a woman before? What if you hear people’s thought; what if animals’ too? What if you’re living with aliens? What if…what if… your dog talks?

Harry James Potter the boy who lived.

Katniss Everdeen the girl on fire.

And finally: Todd Hewitt the boy who can’t kill?

Well, I was hesitant to buy this book actually, for despite of the reason why I really wanted to read this book because of its 5-star ratings received from most of my
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Julie Kagawa
This is an excellent book. Not only is the concept unique, but the story itself is written so differently that I could not put it down. The author uses first person to tell the story of young Todd, capturing the diction and language of a adolecent, somewhat redneck boy perfectly with statements like: "The plans are still being planned, the preparayshuns prepared, it will be a party, I guess, tho I'm starting to get some strange pictures about it, all dark and too bright at the same time, but nev ...more
Laura
Mar 13, 2012 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Jo
Shelves: favorites
“How do you think you could have possibly come this far if you didn’t have hope?”

I jumped into The Knife of Never Letting Go knowing just two things—Jo recommended it and Patrick Ness wrote it. That was all I needed!

What I found was a new world with a western-sci-fi vibe, a language and tone all its own, new friends, and big, big lessons all wrapped up in love, suspense, and power. OH, did I say suspense? I meant SUSPENSE! Grit your teeth, white knuckle, I-can’t-turn-the-page-fast-enough suspen
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja*


N, is for P. Ness *snort-chuckle*... I mean: Patrick Ness. (Sorry, I could not resist!!)

ALL.THE.STARS. (5 Stars)

I have such a hard time when it comes to reviewing my five star reads. On the one hand there are a million thoughts and feelings vying for time in my review space, and on the other hand – for me – the five stars themselves speak volumes. However, I must try to impress upon my fellow readers my love of this book.

In the small settlement of Prentisstown Todd is the last boy. In a town
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Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠
Reread 03/26/15

Because I need to overtake my reading slump.



Here's my best read of the year. And yes, in the big bunch of books I read, I'm willing to think that it says something (about the book? About me?).

Todd and Viola's story was excruciating, mind-blowing, even hard to stand at some point, yet filled with such gems of awesomeness I often find myself thinking about it, reliving it -

Here's a book which moved me in a way no other could.



Some books make you confused. Conflicted. Have yo
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Jason Koivu
This isn't what I expected and that's a-okay fine, because The Knife of Never Letting Go is a razor-sharp story! (sorry, that was terrible)

I guess I was thinking this would be more cerebral, but it turned out to be a fast-paced, action-filled read that reminded me a bit of The Hunger Games in that it follows a kid in survival mode in a dystopian world.

Here's the story in a nutshell: A boy on the verge of becoming a man via his village's secretive initiation rites, flees the isolated community w
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Misty
I am a big fan of dystopic & post-apocalyptic fiction, and The Knife of Never Letting Go is one of the most compelling pieces of dystopia I have read in awhile. I am all sorts of in love with this book. Find out why at The Book Rat.
Tatiana
Nov 16, 2009 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: YA book club pick
Shelves: ya, 2009, ala-ya-2009
I've never heard of Patrick Ness or "Chaos Walking" trilogy before. Luckily for me, "The Knife of Letting Go" was a November pick of one of my YA book groups.

"The Knife of Never Letting Go" is one of those "boy" books - there is a lot of action, there is a chase, a lot of mystery and very little sappy romance. The dystopian/sci-fi setting is exciting - an alien planet where people can hear each others thoughts. The protagonist - Todd - is a 12-year old boy on the brink of manhood in a town wher
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K.D. Absolutely
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Vinaya
You know how, by the time you hit the third season of Castle, you're kind of getting tired of the hit-and-miss chemistry between Castle and Beckett? I mean, you know something's happening between them, they keep moving towards each other, but then, at the exact point where you're about to get excited — ohmygosharetheyfinallygoingtokiss!, something happens and the moment passes. For the first two seasons, the sexual tension is thrilling and exciting, but by the time season 3 comes around, you jus ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Pure and simple, The Knife of Never Letting Go is EVERYTHING The Hunger Games could have been. It had a dystopian/post-apocalyptic world that was original, exciting, but not ridiculous. This is a world that ACTUALLY is terrifying in a way that HG really isn't. And it has a main character you can actually care about, relate to, feel for, and root for. A character who isn't an emotionally-challenged doormat. And no love triangle. Pure and simple, this is *the* dystopian book to read and love.
The
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Aly (Fantasy4eva)
4.5

Early one morning,
Just as the sun was rising,
I heard a young maid sing,
In the valley below.

Oh, don't deceive me,
Oh, never leave me,
How could you use
A poor maiden so?


Good news: I am paying a visit to my local library today. I know for definite that they have the second book! (yay)
Bad news: I'll also be visiting my book-store to torture myself by staring at the beautiful UK paperback copies. *cries*

Well, I seem to be in a bit of a ruddy mess.

I absolutely ended up adoring this book. The premise,
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Monique
If this book represents the relatively-new (to me) genre called 'dystopia', then I guess 'dystopia' is just not for me.

I didn't get it. I simply didn't.

Majority of the time, I felt agitated and stressed out (and that says a lot because you should feel relaxed if you're engaged in a good read... right?). I didn't like the way the story progressed (which is basically just the protagonists running and hiding, albeit impossibly, and then running again and hiding from an army, but for what reason t
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Steph
4.5

In my heart of hearts (somewhere in that deep dark black soul I seem to have sometimes when reviewing books I've vehemently disliked) I don't know if this is a full five stars for me, and yet, it feels inaccurate to even think of giving it a four. I've got a rule with books to follow my heart and not my head. If a book demands my attention and the characters worm their way into my good graces and I'm worried for them, or I cry for them, then yeah, that book is getting those five shiny stars.
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Jonathan
Jul 17, 2012 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi/fantasy readers , YA reader, anyone who likes a dark read with uplifting aspects
First Review

The Knife of Letting Go forced me to release certain conceptions of how a book must be written. Due to its unorthodox use of grammar and various fonts and forms evident in speech I had to adjust for the first few chapters before being able to immerse myself in Patrick Ness' work.

Once I accepted the eccentricities of this novel I found it to be a brilliant, yet dark, read. This is one young adult book that's a little more adult than purely young. For this book centres around a town w
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Clau R.
It's really 3.5 stars, though.

I liked this book, but not as much as everyone. I'm definitely intrigued and I'll be reading the whole trilogy, that's for sure, but I hope it gets better for me!
Emily
4.5 stars

"Who am I to stop the end of the world if it keeps on coming?"

And, boy, does it just keep on coming for Todd.

Todd Hewitt is the only boy left in a town of men. He lives in Prentisstown, a settlement on New World, and believes women have been killed by a germ released by the native species on his planet - the Spackle. A side-effect of this germ means the remaining men can hear each other's thoughts in a chaotic stream of Noise.

But Todd's about discover the heartbreaking truth.

As I t
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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Co
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