The Knife of Never Letting Go
(Chaos Walking #1)
by Patrick Ness
Let me start by saying that I’m glad Alycia posted about this book and recommended it, because I probably wouldn’t have found it otherwise. It’s the story of Todd, the last young boy in Prentisstown, a town full of men on a world colonized sometime in the future. There are no women or girls, which is the central mystery of the book. And to top it all off, Todd and all of the men can hear the thoughts of every living creature, including each other, in a constant barrage of mental noise. And that is the other part of the mystery, since this was not always the case.
And this book is good. It’s an interesting world and premise, the characters have dimension, the accent/voice it’s written in feels real and is full of personality, and the writing itself is good. Top marks across the board. All that said, however, I’m not entirely sure I liked it. I know conflict is a necessary part of carrying any story forward, but this was one of those books where the author just keeps slamming his protagonist with crap-shoot after crap-shoot and never gives them a break. It’s exhausting to read! That won’t keep me from reading the next one to find out what happens, or from recommending it, but just be aware of the adrenaline-and-negative-emotion-full ride you’re in for. 😉
I give it 4/5 stars.