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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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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 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 was born in Virginia, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1999, where he has lived, mostly in London, ever since.

He has written nine books: 2 novels for adults (The Crash of Hennington and The Crane Wife), 1 short story collection for adults (Topics About Which I Know Nothing) and 6 novels for young adults (The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, Monsters of Men, A Monster Calls, More Than This and The Rest of Us Just Live Here).

For these books, he has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Costa Children's Book Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Red House Book Award, the Jugendliteratur Preis, the UKLA Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

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