THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

With Bonus Short Story

Book - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
The riveting Chaos Walking trilogy by two-time Carnegie Medalist Patrick Ness, reissued with compelling new covers — and a bonus short story in each book.

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.

Baker & Taylor
Todd and Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as they set out across New World, searching for answers about their colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing settlers from Old World.

Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Candlewick Press,, 2014
Edition: Second U. S. paperback edition
ISBN: 9780763676186
0763676187

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amylee290
Sep 15, 2017

LOVE! One of the best books I have read so far. Lots of surprises , exciting from start to finish. Starting book #2.. I hope it is just as good !

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lockerbuddiez
Aug 15, 2017

About to read this book but I know it's going to be amazing (spiderman) because Tom Holland is playing the character Todd. And everything that he is in is always AMAZING(spiderman). #I<3ToddHewitt

AL_TIEGAN Jul 18, 2017

Welcome to New World, where settlers have come looking to build a better way of life. They found a surprise when they landed and suddenly every man's thoughts were able to he heard. Todd grew up in Prentisstown, where he is told this virus that allows men's Noise to he heard killed all the women. One day he finds a spot of silence in the swamp and is suddenly sent on the run. He discovers that silence is a girl and she runs with him. He discovers Prentisstown is not the only settlement left on New World, as he was led to believe. But that's not the only secret of New World and of Prentisstown. Each new discovery means more danger, but Todd and Viola keep running and keep hoping that they will find safety at the end of the road, despite all of the dangers they face every step of the way there.

This book is hard to put down, because as more secrets are revealed, you realize there's even more to discover about the settlement of New World and the corruption of Prentisstown. The ending is wonderful and makes you want to pick up the next book immediately to find even more answers about New World. Very fast-paced and suspenseful and very well worth a read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 18, 2017

The Knife of Never Letting Go follows a boy named Todd Hewitt and his dog Manchee and is set in a far away world where the thoughts of people and animals can be heard out loud, regardless of whether the person or animal wants their thoughts to be heard or not. The story is set in the future as the protagonist lives in a colony that was settled on by people who travelled from Earth in search of a better world. Todd lives in Prentisstown, the last known settlement on the planet which is only populated by men due to a tragedy that took place in the town many years prior to the point at which the story starts. The book is a well-executed sci-fi teen fiction novel with an interesting concept, themes and story. There is plenty of character development, interesting dynamics between characters and a steady stream of new information that is given to the reader at a good pace that will keep you engaged. The ending however is meant to lead into the next book in the series (known as the Chaos Walking series) rather than an actual conclusion to this story, and as a result leaves a lot of issues unresolved, although the ending to this book isn’t completely terrible. Overall, a 4/5, definitely worth checking out.
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The concept behind the Knife Of Never Letting Go is very unique. In the story, there is the “noise”. The noise means that the people in the story can hear the thoughts of every man nearby -- meaning that there is no true silence and that there is no privacy between people. This is destined to create conflict as you can never truly have a thought to yourself. However, the noise only applies to males, so females do have the privacy of thought. This creates a conflict between genders. The symbolism in the novel is also very important. The knife represents duality. Todd, the main character, always has the choice to kill the main enemy in the story several times, but refuses to do so. Overall, the symbolism and concepts in the book are very interesting. The book is definitely hard to read at first because the dialogue is written grammatically incorrect because of the way that the author was trying to portray Todd. However, once you get used to it, the book is not a hard read. I think this was a great book and would rate it 4/5 stars.
- @SuperSilk of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

hammy28 May 08, 2017

The first in the Chaos walking series, this is a good read. May take readers a little while to get into and to understand whats going on but it's worth it. The books and series just get better as they continue. Action adventure with a little sci fi thrown in. Not really dystopian but almost bordering on it. Good read for teens and adults. Make sure you read the whole series.

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green_snake_744
Jul 11, 2016

this was a book that helped me figure out that in life find a third choice. I think I spelled right I'm bad at spelling and writing but read up to ten books a month I really like reading.

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ndcech
May 16, 2016

(unrelated to actual book) it is very difficult to figure out how to access this ebook. The instructions don't make sense

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

The first few chapters, I wasn't sure what to think about this book, but Patrick Ness pulled me into New World.

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Glamangelkitty
Aug 10, 2015

>SPOILER ALERT<
I was sooo sad when Manchee died. Manchee was a loyal friend to Todd and didn't deserve any of that. From that point I wished to kill Aaron myself! He's an evil evil man thats gone insane. I

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liuclaire
Aug 02, 2015

SPOILER READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG WHEN MANCHEE DIED I WAS SO SAD THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY A PAGE TURNER BUT IF U DONT LIKE SAD STORIES THEN TOO BAD FOR YOU CUZ U HAVE TO READ THIS!!!!

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dog Dies

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

Coarse Language: Fucking/ "effing"

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

Violence: Dog Dies Graphic Murder

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: brutal violence lots of blood

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Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: one use of F*ck

LifefilledNights Nov 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

Crazy people don't need an explanayshun for nothing.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

But a knife ain't just a thing, is it? It's a choice, it's something you do.

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chaotic_order
Sep 01, 2014

A clever mind is a friend of the devil
-Aaron

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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

Todd hears silence in a world of noise. This silence drives forward a quest to outrun his town, outwit a murderer, and reach a destination of Hope.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Todd lives in a town where there are no women, and men hear each other's thoughts all the time. As far as Todd can remember, it's just the way things are. One day, though, Todd finds someone in the forest -- a girl. More incredible, the girl has come from space; the advance scout from a colony ship. And, most incredibly, Todd can't hear her thoughts at all. When the men from Todd's town learn about the girl, terrible secrets are revealed -- and they have to run for their lives through a world larger and more dangerous than Todd ever imagined.

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