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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking: Book One

By Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2008,
    496 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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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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"The cliff-hanger ending is unexpected and unsatisfying, but the book is still a pleasure for sophisticated readers comfortable with the length and the bleak, literary tone" - School Library Journal "Starred Review. The cliffhanger ending is as effective as a shot to the gut." - Booklist

"His skillfully structured narrative creates an elegant mixture of action, dialogue, and dark, dystopian pathos." - VOYA

"Emotionally intense, violent at times, this haunting page-turner may be awkwardly named, but it's a great read." - Kliatt

"Attempting to address adolescent angst, information overload and war, Ness ends up delivering merely noise." - Kirkus Reviews

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I was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia. But I only stayed there for the first four months of my life and have never even been back to the East Coast of America. Since then, I've lived in Hawaii, Washington, California, and England.

I've only ever really wanted to be a writer. I studied English Literature at the University of Southern California, and when I graduated, I got a job as a corporate writer at a cable company in Los Angeles, writing manuals and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival. I got my first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on my first novel when I moved to London in 1999. I've lived here ever since. I taught Creative Writing at Oxford ...

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