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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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Apr 03, 12

it was ok
bookshelves: children-ya, ebook, speculative-fiction
Read from March 30 to April 03, 2012

OK, so my two-star rating probably isn't very fair. The book and the author probably deserve better, and most raters here and on Amazon certainly seem to think so.

The story in some ways is quite gripping and certainly original. The storytelling is better than average even if the writing style -- mimicking the rural folksy dialect, complete with lots of misspellings and "ain't"s, of the people in Todd's village -- becomes quite grating. And the constant use of "effing" instead of the actual word it's meant to stand in for -- and the cutesy reminders that it's sometimes really the word being used and sometimes just the stand-in for it -- seemed really quite juvenile, and got old and annoying very fast.

The protagonist, while probably intended to seem complex, just isn't very sympathetic or even very likable, and even the fact that he's early-to-mid teenager-ish (calendar years differ here than they do on his planet) kept in the dark about the truths of his world don't adequately explain or excuse his unlikable behaviors and demeanors. But that's not my main gripe.

The next two paragraphs might be a little spoilerish, not in specific plot points, but just in a sense of how the story ends:

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