September 04, 2018

#YABC: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness @WinterHavenLib 5pm

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Recommended Age: Juvenile, Young Adult 
Genre: Science Fiction 
About the 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.





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About the Author: 
Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking TrilogyThe Crash of HenningtonTopics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.




Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This one started out ok but fell pretty far away by 100+ pages. 

Do I Recommend this book? No not really 

Notes and Opinions: I was kind of really excited to read this one however that excitement started dwindling after getting close to 100 pages. At that point, I decided that this one just wasn't going to work for me. And well while making this review up I found a few things about this book that made me really happy that I ended things there.

So this one does something that I just can't get over. *Highlight for Spoiler>IT KILLS THE DOG!! Like after all this about the dog talking etc. The author kills the dog off! I was heartbroken!
The other thing that isn't a spoiler is that the author puts these characters through so much stuff. I really think this one could have been around 300 pages and been much better. At 100+ pages it was starting to drag and I really just didn't care what happened the characters.  The one thing it did have going for it was a talking dog. Which reminded me of Dug from the movie Up.

I really didn't care about Todd at all for me he was pretty unlikeable. The story was predictable and well it was just way too long.  And the spelling of certain words was annoying.

Go Into This One Knowing: Misspelled words, Unlikeable main character, Senseless deaths




 









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