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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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Oct 30, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from January 16 to February 01, 2012

Ah, Patrick Ness, you have made a new fan over here in Ontario.

The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy, tells the story of a young boy who lives on a planet that the characters refer to as "New World", as opposed to Earth being "Old World" (though in fact, we are never quite sure if "Old World" is in fact Earth, but that's a different matter). The boy's name is Todd Hewitt and he is a citizen of Prentisstown, a devilish place plagued with men who harbor horrible thoughts. The bigger problem with this town? Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts, which is kind of creepy and disconcerting when one reads the scribbles that Ness offers as a window into the characters' minds. Todd and his talking dog, Manchee, set off on an adventure throughout New World so that they can escape the horrors that await Todd when he turns fourteen and effectively becomes a man.

This novel took me for a ride, at first I found the writing hard to follow, not because of the storyline, but because of the intentional spelling errors. However, once you get wrapped up in the seductive story you soon begin to grow accustomed to the writing, almost becoming a member of Todd's little group.

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Reading Progress

01/19/2012 page 56
12.0% "Love it so far, really curious about what may happen now!"
01/26/2012 page 238
50.0% "Stupid school keeping me from this awesome book!"
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