The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

October 31, 2008 at 10:03 am | Posted in Action, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Library_News, Reviews, Young Adult | Leave a comment

“The Knife of Never letting go” by Patrick Ness is the first book of what will be a trilogy.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Millions) said of this book “One of the best first sentences I’ve ever read and a book that lives up to it!” “.  Here is the first line: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.” The dog’s first sentence in the book is: “Need a poo, Todd.”

Too much information? You may be right, for that is a theme of the book – too much “informayshun”.

In Prentisstown, New World, where Todd lives the people can hear and see everything going on in each other’s minds. This constant barrage of information is called “Noise”.  Secrets are not possible – and yet Todd, and his dog, happen upon something in the swamp which leads him to realise the whole town have been keeping vital “informayshun” from him.

There is so much I cannot tell you about this story, for the plot unfolds through Todd’s eyes and there is much we do not know till far on in the action – (and there is plenty of action!) We feel the same puzzlement he does and realisation dawns even slower for Todd than it does for the reader.

I love the dog, Manchee, in this book.  His ability to speak emphasises his loyalty to Todd and makes him more vulnerable somehow. I also love the concept of constant information attacking our mind and senses so that silence becomes impossible. Makes you wonder if Ness is making a comment on the state of our world too.

The book is aimed at young adults but makes a great read for older readers too. The next book in the trilogy is called “The Ask and the Answer” and is due to be published in May 2009.

Visit the library Catalogue to borrow The Knife of Never Letting go

Reviewed by Glenda

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