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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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May 15, 12

bookshelves: dystopia
Read in May, 2012

I am going to try and review this book by alternating things I like and things I hated. Attempts to write a traditional review will only end up with me complaining about the bullshit that aggravated me.

LIKED: the premise.
HATED: that there was so much of it.

LIKED: the protagonist.
HATED: his damn internal monologue. Given the premise (see above) the reader is basically stuck with it, but I found it very, very annoying. If I were on New World I would die trying to find a way off.

LIKED: the other protagonist too.
HATED: all of the other characters and their one-or-two-dimensionality. And the fact that the antagonists kept coming back every other chapter.

LIKED: Viola was named after a musical instrument.
HATED: Todd Hewitt was named after a broth used to isolate group B streptococci from clinical specimens containing mixed flora, especially vaginal specimens. I read that off the box.

LIKED: the world-building / the alienness.
HATED: that New World felt like middle America with aliens.

LIKED: Manchee.
HATED: Manchee.

LIKED: The fact that other people enjoy it. I can say at least that I APPRECIATE the story.
HATED: having to roll my eyes so often while reading it.
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