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Some books make you confused Conflicted Did you really like them Can you recommend them Would you read them again And you sigh, sigh, sigh.The Knife of Never Letting Go is not this kind of book Hey, I m not afraid to say that it was insta love for me Does it make me a NA heroine You tell me I read 3 or 4 pages and I was like,Oh My I m gonna love this book Yep But perhaps you want to know why How could I move frompretty rational readerI think I hope Oh, shut up tobad romance heroinfreaking insta love, I said so quickly The writing I must admit, I was a little worried when I opened this book I mean, what could bedifficult to read for a French reader than slang I have this horrible memory of being totally lost when I read this awful book, you know, Inescapable OMG THAT MESS Long story short it was horrible there was a character that I could not understand at all because of his accent, and it was SO FUCKING ANNOYING Anyway Given the clich s and other creepy stalkers fantasies, we parted ways quickly I am not always a masochistBut this one I wanted to enjoy it And thanks to the perfect writing, that was the case All the sentences are fluid, and even if I know it annoyed some readers, I loved the rhythm and the orality of Todd s voice I loved the repetitions Patrick Ness took a risk, but it was splendidly executed There s just no such thing as silence Not here, not nowhere Not when yer asleep, not when yer by yerself, never I am Todd Hewitt, I think to myself with eyes closed I am twelve years old and twelve months old I live in Prentisstown on New World I will be a man in one month s time exactly whisper I must confess that I often talk to my books Yeah, I know, they re not really alive and all that stuff But you know My weird habit makes me enjoy every tiny wink the narrator directs to the reader except if I HATE that narrator, but it s a story for another day cough The Player and the Pixie cough In The Knife of Never Letting Go, all theseYou seeare well used Perhaps I answered sometimes Okay, Always But Todd is so alone, I was sorry for him, OKAY Now, this structure The chapters are short And that s completely subjective, but I love when a book is organized that way, even though I barely can explain why It increases the rhythm, maybe HUH Moving on Todd and Viola Oh, you, little boy who can t kill and can t think straight with all that noise and feels so lonely, you ve won me from the first page insta love, remember What can I sayI loved Todd Really Okay, he can t stop complaining sometimes but heyHe s just a kid who lives in a rude rude world, trying to go on, and go on, to find hope even if it seemsimpossible than a child s dream Throughout the story, we have the chance to be witnesses while he s growing up, becoming a man of whom we can be proud All of his feelings seem so real, so understandable, I couldn t help but feel my heart actually ache for him I cared about him, and above that, I was there, with him, and with Viola as well Viola, who s exactly how I like my heroines smart, loyal, outspoken I couldn t choose a better partner in crime for Todd view spoiler And she d better be alive in the second book, or I may become really angry hide spoiler 3.5 5 Read for my young adult literature class. Prentisstown Isn T Like Other Towns Everyone Can Hear Everyone Else S Thoughts In An Overwhelming, Never Ending Stream Of Noise Just A Month Away From The Birthday That Will Make Him A Man, Todd And His Dog, Manchee Whose Thoughts Todd Can Hear Too, Whether He Wants To Or Not Stumble Upon An Area Of Complete Silence They Find That In A Town Where Privacy Is Impossible, Something Terrible Has Been Hidden A Secret So Awful That Todd And Manchee Must Run For Their LivesBut How Do You Escape When Your Pursuers Can Hear Your Every Thought 3.5 starsForever crying because Todd i have never considered myself a maternal person it takes effort for me to be around babies and children i have always been toldits different when its your own kidthey couldnt bewrong all it took was a young boy named todd, his dog, and how his love became the loudest sound in a world that is never silent i would literally do anything for todd, my precious son i felt like such an overprotective, yet proud, parent throughout this entire book and my bond with todd was only strengthened by the remarkable storytelling, a kind of storytelling that could only come from patrick ness this is a story about bravery, loss, humility, acceptance, and growth i clung to every word of this book and was transported into a world that ended up being a knife that went straight to my heart and never let go this touching story is nothing short of remarkable and one i know i will be reading for the rest of my life 5 stars Boy oh boy I can t remember the last time I felt so simultaneously positive and negative about a book Hence the three stars, averaging everything out Just realized that I reviewed this at my blog but not here Here s the cut n paste This review will, by necessity, have lots of spoilers, because the things I liked and disliked are very specific Insofar as I can give you something spoiler free, here goes I love the concept the world is unique and well realized the relationship between the main characters is believable and well developed there is a wonderfully realized dog the narrative voice is a bit irritating there are whole pages you can just skip because there s nothing worth reading on them there is quite a bit of extremely graphic violence the author CHEATS most egregiously at narrative while the overall message of the book is solid and good and right, I hate the way we get there the villains are completely eye rolling over the top and it ends on a giant cliffhanger.It is the best of books, it is the worst of books I seem unable to speak of it except in gross hyperbole Here come the spoilers First of all, a salute to the best character in the whole damn book, the dim witted and noble hound, Manchee He was such a good dog, and a good depiction of a dog His death was heartbreaking, and maybe that s my real problem with the book I will never forgive the author for killing him off.I thought the relationship between Todd and Viola was also handled well Their friendship followed a realistic trajectory Yes, Todd is protective of her, but Viola s as tough as he is plus smarter and I felt she held her own pretty well Todd, having been raised in a world without women, has few preconceived notions about what women should do or be, or what the male female dynamic is supposed to be He treats her as a friend and equal, hardly an inkling of sex or romance in his head The scene where he realizes that he can tell what she s thinking and feeling, even though he can t hear her Noise, is for my money the best thing in the entire book, a genuine, human moment of recognition.The whole endless fleeing punctuated by extreme danger plot, however, I found utterly tedious I think I have Mortal Danger fatigue when it comes to YA I m choosing to blame Hunger Games not that I didn t like Hunger Games, but when I heard that the second volume was basically Hunger Games II, I decided I didn t need to read that one The other book this reminded me of is Graceling, where she s fleeing over the mountain pass with Bitterblue, and it s just endless page after page of running And surviving And OMG the tedium of the endless chase and gettingandsick and injured and will they survive WILL THEY That part of this book made me cross eyed with boredom.Also the villains made me want to poke my eyes out with the ubiquitous knife They re CRAYZEH And they re indestructible And did we mention CRAYZEH No subtlety to evil here, no nuance No temptation No point.But y know, I could have forgiven both those flaws I really could have I forgave them in Hunger Games, after all though the evil wasnuanced there, in my opinion, and less CRAYZEH There were two things I can t forgive.One the way the killing of the spackle was handled OK, I get that it s supposed to be some kind of commentary on how people can be brainwashed into hating, and scapegoating people, and it parallels what happened with the women in the town, and blah de blah But it was incredibly jarring, then brushed off like no big deal by Viola and then by Ben , conveniently forgotten when Todd needs to be not a killer , but then retrieved to illustrate the overarching Eden theme Todd is still somehow pure and innocent right Because if he s not, then what s the showdown with Aaron about Why can t he just say to Aaron, hey, I already killed someone Wouldn t Aaron have self destructed, now that he can t be the sacrifice But then again, Todd s NOT pure and innocent because he gives Viola that speech about how we all fall, and we all get up again a speech which I would have taken for another genuine human moment except FALLING KILLING PEOPLE or spackle , and no, we don t ALL do that They re reaching really hard for some kind of Garden of Eden metaphor, and I m just not buying it.Two the misuse and abuse of first person present tense, and by extension, of the reader s trust and goodwill Just like Hunger Games, where it was used to excellent effect, this book is in first person present tense The entire POINT of first person present tense is to make it feel like you are there, as close as you can possibly be to experiencing AS the narrator If that s the case, then I think it s cheating to have the narrator say, essentially, Then he told me the truth and it was so awful I couldn t believe it without revealing anything to the reader NO YOU DON T I would accept the narrator dissociating, or doing some version of lalala I can t hear you such that he doesn t completely hear what s said either But I cannot accept that he is told something, IN REAL TIME, and he has the option of keeping it from the reader This isn t a journal he s writing after the fact This is his experience, IN REAL TIME, and he doesn t get to edit it that way.It s like the author couldn t think of any other way to create suspense The character had to know, so he d get out of town, but if the READER knew, that would spoil the surprise You can do that in third person You can do that in first person past tense I do not accept it as fair play here The Big Reveals, when they come, are utterly anticlimactic Nothing you couldn t have guessed I guessed, and then rejected it as too obvious My version had mind control and cyborgs TELL me Aaron s not a cyborg , and I liked it better.Would I read the next one This, I do not know I feel like I spent a lot of time complaining here, and didn t really elucidate all the things I liked the world, the premise of Noise, all the possibilities of a frontier planet, Wilf, the singing cow things There were things here I liked If I had some assurances that the next one wasn t a rehash of this one the way Hunger Games II sounds like it is , then maybe There were ideas here Poorly executed, some of them, but still I think part of the reason the bad parts made me so mad was that I really liked the good parts. READ 2 March 2018 Okay I admit, I admit, I read this book 4 freaking years ago and couldn t go on because it traumatised me that much But here I am, actually going to finish this trilogy unless I throw it off a cliff Peoples, it s a good series It s good I ACTUALLY HATE IT THOUGH insert me sobbing wretchedly Honestly this has the character death that I think has affected me most, and I ve read a lot of books ok.Ugh I hate it And I love the book, but I hate ittttttt.Anyway, just a few things to note during my reread if you reread a book THE TRAGIC HEARTPUNCHING PARTS DON T CHANGE this is odd the audiobook is spectacular, also slightly dramatised with the Noise and I highly recommend I found myself very confused the first time, but this time was much better It reminds me a lot of Half Bad which I adore And also I just really love how raw and emotional and complex Todd is He s got to be one of my favourite narrators for how passionate and angry and loving he is Ben and Cillian are the world s best gay dads I love how there is pretty much zero romance here because they re fIGHTing fOR theIR LIVES and they focus on that How smart AND I JUST HAVE TO view spoiler CRY FOR FREAKING EVER ABOUT MANCHEE Like it s that moment before he died and he s likeTodd Toddbecause Todd was going to leave him and I just fffffuckign can t I m going to cry forever I m not kidding this is the worst character death ever I just love dogs so much and my own smol soft dog was cuddling me while I read and I think that just made me lose my mind evenI would ve picked Manchee anything and anyone else JUST SAYING SORRY VIOLA hide spoiler Reread 5 stars, of course Initial review Perfect Just perfect Complete work of art Everyone should read it and bless their sights with its glorious pages I have nothing else to say. i have 2,410 friends on of them have this book on their shelves.of that number, only 28 have read the other 171 of you, i say WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR and you can see i am serious about this, because i have done math in order to convince you and i know, i know there are a lot of books in the world, most of us are mortal, who has the time, etc i myself had all three of the books in this trilogy just smooshed in the middle of piles of other books at my place, thinking, i will read those when i get around to it and you may be feeling the same way so allow me now you have noexcuses LAFFTER but seriously, folks i don t even know where to start with this book i really thought it was going to be a low impact tale of a boy s adventure s through a damaged land with some sort of eventual self discovery and that it would have good action sequences and some obvious metaphors and blah di blah and people said it was sad, so i figured someone would die at some point.well.understatement in all of the above.this was much richer and deeper and so very dark ness touches upon the problems of colonization and group mentality and dehumanization and helplessness and loyalty with a skill for storytelling and characterization, and always skirting that fine line between emotion and has been awhile since i have been immersed in a book this world these characters it consumed me it is so hard to talk about books that do this to me it is easy to pick apart books that are good or okay or the worst , but the ones that i fall into the ones that i hate having to put down for anything as mundane as sleep or work, those are incredibly difficult to put into words but mmmmmm comes close.i think todd is a very solid character there are times when he makes unfortunate decisions, but they always seem consistent in terms of his character, and the background from which he is coming there is such an opportunity for growth in him, but you know, despite anything that may happen, he is trying to do the right thing, as he sees it as he is learning what the right thing even is i mean, he s twelve thirteen, right and he is a lotresourceful and insightful than i was at that age, and i didn t have to go around hearing everyone s thoughts all the time oh, did i forget to talk about the plot again quickly everyone can hear everyone s thoughts all the time even the most mundane, subconscious, or embarrassing ones even thoughts of animals but not, however, the thoughts of women we are still mysterious todd grows up in an all male town, but soon will leave and discover well, he will discover a lot better you read it than i tell it.aaron is a littleunrealistic,sure, but after a while, you gotta sort of do that horrified slow clap at his stubbornness and persistence, right it is impressive, if nothing else.viola great here even better in the second book mmmmmmmmmtalking animals yeah, i usually don t like it either however, these animals talk exactly how animals should talk they don t have conversations they have a limited vocabulary that seems appropriate, and can be so heartbreaking in certain situations, oh my god manchee is the best dog in literature his voice is exactly right very reminiscent of the dog in up, and although he has a small range of words at his disposal,his emotions come across loud and is a wonderful relationship, despite todd not wanting a dog and resenting him at the beginning of the book, the two of them, through their adventures, become the best boy and his dog team i can think of definitely have the second book on hand to pick up immediately after finishing the first one you are going to need it i can t imagine how people reading this when it was new had to suffer to have to wait for the next book to be published this is the mother of all cliffhangers or, at least, it was until i finished the second book yesterday it is even terms of agonizingly wonderful cliffhangers although i am looking closer now, and i am realizing that my math is all wrong i thought those numbers seemed low but that this time it is not my fault when did change things up so that all the reviews are together at the bottom, regardless of whether or not the are reviews by your friends isn t the whole point of having friends that you have created this trusted community of readers whose values you respect now i have to scroll through the three or four people on this site who aren t my friends to see the reviews of people whose opinions matter to me this is insane and it isn t even arranged by number of votes or anything it is just here are a ton of reviews have fun finding the useful ones like this one, surely in a sea of stranger danger i hope this is just a temporary thing that is happening because it is taking one of the strengths specific to goodreads and pooing poo, todd all over it.come to my blog Things that didn t bother me The grammar and misspellings normally this would bother me, but I quickly got used to it, so I don t fault him there.The swearing you will notice from my status updates that I don t mind a well placed curse.The violence I play violent video games, watch violent movies, and I don t mind violence in books when it makes sense The cliffhanger maybe if I didn t have a copy of the second book on hold at the library I would be upset, but cliffhangers don t normally bother me It is a doozy though.Things that did bother me The unlikeable main character, ToddAaron the Energizer Bunny nough said.The two senseless deaths one made me start bawling and set the book down, wondering if I could continue on.I had a friend say to me that Ness must be a great author if he can incite so much passion from me if you take a look at my updates you can see how up and down I was, but is it a good book if for the most part all it did was make me pissed off Is any emotional response at all the sign of a good writer I don t think so I think if you make me hate your characters and the actions that they take to the point where I don t care if they survive, you haven t been all that successful You have to give me someone to root for I wasn t even all that attached to Viola, and she s the only character who actually did the RIGHT thing by the end of the book The way the author just kept piling onto the characters was absolutely ridiculous Seriously, how many bad things can you think of to put your characters through It got to the point where it was all so implausible that, much to my chagrin, I could guess each and every time the villain was going to jump out and attack Todd and Viola It got so predictable that I just kept getting angrier and angrier each time it happened His characters talk about hope so much in this book, yet I felt like Ness never gave me any.Was it the worst book in the world No, not by any means I can t give itthan 1 star though, because 2 stars means it was ok This book was NOT ok I didn t like it, nor enjoy it, but that doesn t mean I won t check out the next book to see what happens In this, Ness has succeeded, but only because I can always get the next books out from the library.