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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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Oct 25, 11

bookshelves: dystopian, sci-fi-fantasy, teen-fiction, wow-loved-it, male-protagonist
Read in September, 2011

Posted at Redhead Heroines!

The summary for this book really does not do it justice.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book that grabs you and refuses to let go... whether you like it or not. Following the story of Todd Hewitt, his dog Manchee, and a mysterious girl he finds on his way, Ness tackles themes of war, bigotry, survival, and the definition of growing up.

The plot of this book is very fast paced, leaving you wanting more with each page. However, don't expect Todd to be delivered from every situation like most young adult novelists allow! In fact, you should probably expect to be frustrated, heart-broken, amused, happy, then frustrated all over again.

Written in Todd's dialect, which gives a similar experience to reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, (which I adore), this book has a stream-of-consciousness flow that makes every pain and joy resonate with the reader. The story itself forces the reader to cling obsessively to the main characters, but especially Todd, as one watches this young boy struggle in a land that has no place for weakness, kindness, or childhood.

A coming-of-age novel that is as suspenseful and entertaining as it is heart-breaking and poignant!

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