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The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking: Book One

by Patrick Ness

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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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Cherry is entitled to her opinion, but...

What the heck, Cherry?
The book is a perfect combination of the supernatural and sci-fi. You missed the point of the book!

The Book Master

The Truth
First of all, the book is written with horrific grammatical errors since it is narrated by Todd Hewitt, who cannot read or write, but the book still had to be legible. Second of all, the book's cliffhanger is so compelling that readers are advised to purchase the second and third books because they will immediately want to read the next ones and figure out what happens.
The trilogy is brilliant and inspiring. The characters are so gripping that the reader is thrilled with their successes and dismayed at their failures. I highly recommend these books to anyone who is a fan of unforeseeable plot twists and cliffhangers.

cherry

not impressed
I was disappointed of the ending and the terrible literacy. but overall I loved the book, it was super good and lively.

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Patrick Ness Author Biography

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Patrick Ness is the author of ten novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London.

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