The knife of never letting go is a very strong book, with underlying themes, and I really enjoyed it. It’s told from the perspective of twelve-year old Todd Hewitt. He lives in Prentisstown, where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts. They call it noise. He’s been told that all women of Prentisstown died because of the g
erm that causes the noise.
But then one day when Todd is out with his dog Manchee, he finds a place where there is silence. How is that possible? And as soon as Todd comes home, his parents tell him that he has to leave Prentisstown right away. Which is just a few days before Todd becomes a man.
As soon as you start reading, you get dragged into the story. Because there are so many questions you need to know the answers to and they keep coming throughout the book. That’s what’s keeping the story very interesting. Plus, there’s action going on all the time.
Besides these things the book has amazing characters. They feel so real. Todd is a typical twelve-year old, stubborn and with flaws. And Manchee. He’s a dog. An amazing dog!
Because it’s written from the perspective of a twelve-year old, the writer uses grammatically incorrect sentences and misspelled words on purpose. I read that some people find it annoying in the beginning, I on the other hand did not. I think it’s a great addition to the book. The only thing that bothered me a little, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars, was Aaron’s character as the book continued.
Overall, the knife of never letting go is a very creative and original story, written in a very unique way. And I recommend it to everyone, especially lovers of action and adventure.
RATING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The knife of never letting go / Patrick Ness / Walker Books / 2008 / 512 pages / ISBN 9781406357981