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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
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Oct 02, 2010

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Read from October 02 to 08, 2010

I really liked The Knife of Never Letting Go, but I also had some major reservations about the setup and some actions and events along the way.

This book was extremely graphically violent in a few spots. This wasn't gratuitous, but was deeply embedded in both the plot of the book and the point I saw the book as trying to make-- questions of what does it mean to be a man.

I would have been a little less bothered by this in print than audio.

Overall, I felt the audio was very well done. I had only one issue with it, but I think it affected my enjoyment. It's odd, because this normally doesn't bother me.

I had a lot of difficulty keeping a 12 year old (or 14 year old, if you adjust to our years) boy in my mind. The narrator brought to mind someone older, probably 16-18 years old. I think the story is different when enacted by an older teen.

Overall, this is a very powerful book, with an interesting story and raising questions I'll be thinking about long after finishing the book.

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