The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness

Posted February 23rd, 2011 by Jim Baker

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The Knife of Never Letting Go. That’s the first thing that grabbed my attention. It’s a confusing title, but then again, it is a confusing book. This book baffled me at first, like the way it was written; using words like “Yer” and “Tho.” It also had blatant grammar and punctuation mistakes, making the book a bit vague at first. However, as the reader progressed in the book, the reason for this reveals its self to the reader, I’m not going to tellĀ  how though, because that would ruin it. This book also features a thing called “Noise,” or a germ that killed most the men, all of the women, and allowed the men to hear each others thoughts (Or did it?). The noise was illustrated for different people using different texts and sizes. For example, when a squirrel was the focus, its Noise would be more disjointed then with the humans’ Noise. I thought that this added a lot to the reader’s experience, allowing them to tell what a bird is thinking of, and how. Within the first 120 pages, I was hooked, and I had just enough information to make estimates on what was going to happen, of course, most of them turned out to be wrong, since this book took so many twists and turns, it was very hard to predict. The story would reveal enough to get the reader excited, but just the right amount to keep the book unpredictable, and that is why it is a great book. The suspense and mystery were bigger assets to the book than the adventure, even though the adventure was plentiful and very fun to read, which is a great change of pace from the type of books that are predictable, but have non-stop action. The Knife of Never Letting Gowas also, surprising, very sad. A main character dies, and Mr. Ness explains it so excellently the reader can imagine the heart-wrenching depression that the other characters feel. The author also adds phrases, that seem to have no relativity to the story, but turn out to be the back bone of the story by the time you reach the end of the book. In conclusion, I’ve lied. I’ve lied in every book report in which I said: “This is the best book I have ever read.” The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness easily surpasses them all. However, that will probably prove to be another lie by the time I read the sequel: The Ask and the Answer.

Jim Baker

I live in Erie CO, I love horses, and I love reading and writing fiction-action books.

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