The Knife Of Never Letting Go

The Knife Of Never Letting Go

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2009
Edition: Unabridged library ed
ISBN: 9781441889003
1441889000
Branch Call Number: YA CD NES
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (12 hr., 6 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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EliK1
Jun 05, 2021

Patrick Ness' tales always leave me with mixed feelings. They contain some great ideas but never go anywhere fun, and what's worse, they never seem to come to a satisfying end.

This one was no different. The "Noise" is an intriguing idea and so is the town our protagonist grew up in. But once he starts running, he keeps running, fighting, running, fighting, running.... Every time it's the same people, no matter how dead he thinks they should be. This could have been half its size and still included all the vital parts.

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liviamaione
Apr 12, 2021

Epic!!!!!!!! I seriously could NOT put this book down!!! I totally recommend this book to anyone who likes action packed and exciting books!

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kimcampion
Mar 25, 2021

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I will say it is a little slow at first, but once you get into it you will not be able to put it down!!!! The concept is new and exciting, the characters are SO well developed, and the philosophical questions about the nature of man are subtle but fascinating and ever present.

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SofiaLB_2
Jan 26, 2021

This book really transformed me into a science fiction lover. First Dune, and now this novel. The young, soon-to-be-man, named Todd is a real determined and dedicated character. When he meets Viola, all of his senses seemed to be heightened, and he unfolds to become a completely new person. The two complete each other and work together in the best way possible, scheming together and trying to survive. I thought it was clever to add the fact that men had The Noise, which is where other men and women can hear their thoughts. The unintended war that was following Todd, also really changed the dynamic of their world as well. It was surprising to witness how one event, could change all the towns and environments all at once. Overall, I loved this book and am currently almost done with the second book in the series. I really recommend it if you are into Science Fiction, survival, and adventure!

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ChristiHodill
Sep 27, 2020

Hey, question to someone who's already read the book.
I just read a couple pages in and had to stop on this sentence. "There's lot's of life here, loads of it, just ignoring the town as you please, birds and green snakes and frogs and kivits and both kinds of squirrel and (I promise you) even a cassor or two and sure there's red snakes to watch out for but even tho it's dark, there's slashes of light that come down from holes in the roof, and if you ask me, which you may not be, I grant you that, to me the swamp's like one big, comfy, not very Noisy room."
Wow. And so many other sentences like that besides. It has such poor vocabulary and sentence structure that I'm not sure I will read any more. I understand that it's a writing style of a teenage boy's thoughts but... man. Does it get any easier to read? Is the plot good enough for me to keep reading? The book seems pretty juvenile so I need some positive affirmation that it's worth reading.

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RozyCozy
Dec 17, 2019

Such an amazing book! I read it for school, but then loved it so much I read it twice more!! One of the best books I ever read. Definitely recommend it! 😊

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jmkoochin
Nov 05, 2019

Loved this book!!!!
Definitely one of my most favorite book series!
If you are reading this.... READ THIS BOOK!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 10, 2019

The knife of letting go is one of the best books I have ever read. The concept of living in a dystopian world where each everyone can hear each other’s thoughts was incredibly executed by Patrick Ness. I specifically fell in love with the main character Todd. His pure innocence alongside his willingness to survive the challenges he encounters make him an amazing character with lots of unique layers. Aside from that, the pacing of the story is also incredible as there is something new on each page. It is definitely a page turner and you would probably stay up all night reading through this novel. As for the plot itself, the majority of the story revolves around a violent cat and mouse chase between the protagonist and the antagonist resulting in a story filled with constant tension and turning of events. There are also lots of questions to be answered throughout the story making it that much more suspenseful. In addition, the relationship the main character has will all the other supporting characters is incredible and makes his and their actions that much more meaningful. In general, this story was absolutely fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new suspenseful dystopian novel to read. 5/5 - @MatthewMaurice of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The knife of never letting go is a book that kept me hooked. This book is set in a dystopian world where there are only men. What makes this book so unique? Well people in this world can hear each other’s thoughts. I found this to be a very original concept because most YA novels follow the same theme but this one stands out. I read this book and I loved the concept it was really an amazing concept and it is definitely going to keep you hooked until the very end but I think it isn’t a book for me. I think you should read this book if you like a dystopian novel that talks about masculinity and the loss of childhood innocence. If you don’t think you would be interested still give it a try because the book is beautifully written and it’s worth reading. In the future I will try to re-read it again and hopefully I can enjoy it more! @Bookreader14 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ryner
Jan 02, 2019

As a child you may have fantasized about how fun it would be if you knew what others were thinking. In Todd Hewitt's small town, which strangely consists only of men, everyone can hear the thoughts of everyone else -- this omnipresent Noise is often overwhelming and occasionally maddening. At age thirteen, just days before he will officially become a man, Todd's life is thrown into upheaval when he "hears" an area of silence while out exploring the nearby swamp and is unable to conceal his fateful discovery.

This is a fast-paced survival story with some unique plot elements, which I would definitely recommend for teens interested in dystopian survival. Myself, I wanted to like it more than I actually did, so I probably won't continue the series.

laurendouglass Nov 24, 2018

This was so good. Another YA title that really is for everyone, even (and especially) for adults who mock YA. I'm beginning to think there isn't anything Patrick Ness can't do in his writing. Not only was this devastatingly good, but it contains the shortest, most heartbreaking sentence in English literature:

"Todd?"

You have to read The Knife of Never Letting Go to find out why that sentence will make you cry buckets.

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RozyCozy
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white_wolf_80
Aug 24, 2015

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liuclaire
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Dec 31, 2013

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SofiaLB_2
Jan 25, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Violent ending, and brutal thoughts.

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RozyCozy
Dec 17, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dog dies

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RozyCozy
Dec 17, 2019

Violence: Killing (not very much)

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RozyCozy
Dec 17, 2019

Coarse Language: “Effing”

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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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DanielleH_0
Aug 13, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Dog Dies

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: brutal violence lots of blood

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: one use of F*ck

LifefilledNights Nov 16, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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'Here's what I think,' I say and my voice is stronger and thoughts are coming, thoughts that trickle into my Noise like whispers of truth. 'I think maybe everybody falls,' I say. 'I think maybe we all do. And I don't think that's the asking.'

I pull on her arms gently to make sure she's listening.

'I think the asking is whether we get back up again.'

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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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hawkie_the_plushie
Dec 27, 2020

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.

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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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