THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO (Chaos Walking #1)
Published: May 5th 2008 by Walker
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
We are the choices we make.
The Knife of Never Letting Go was quite an interesting read.
I have to admit that I spent the majority of the first part having no idea what was happening. While the writing was good and the concept was very unique, the worldbuilding developed slowly and things took a while to start making sense. That means I didn’t really connect to the story or understood the plot very well, but as I kept reading things started coming together little by little.
And when that happened, the story went from being kind of boring and confusing to being one of the most interesting books I’ve had the pleasure of reading! This was such an different world that Patrick Ness created, and once you find yourself deep into Todd’s story you get swept up in the New World and Todd’s struggle as he tries to make sense of all of it.
There were some very touching moments throughout the book, one in particular with Todd’s dog, Manchee, that made me cry and have to put the book down. That just showed how great Ness’s writing was, and how real these characters seemed to make me feel this much while reading.
The pace was also really good, never letting things get too slow and bringing lots of action when needed. The fight scenes were actually a few of my favorites to read, especially with the way they were structured with broken down sentences and shreds of thoughts, almost as if I was right there with the characters when it was happening.
What got to me most was the ending, though. The plot twist was well-executed and made me so!! Angry!!! And sad and also a bit desperate. It was a really good way to wrap a story with so many ups and downs, even though it left us with a cliffhanger. But that just means I can’t wait to pick up the next book!