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Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Hello Readers & Friends,

I'm so excited about this book review! I know I'm way behind the times but I started the Chaos Walking trilogy, and just finished the Knife of Never Letting Go - which is coming out in film next year. I didn't realise the book was 20 years old, so I really am way behind the times with this.
I read More Than This by Patrick Ness and hated it and found it full of plotholes and lazy worldbuilding, so I had left this one aside for ages. I wish I hadn't. I haven't enjoyed a book like this since I read Ready Player One. I gave it 5*.

It's the New World, and everyone's thoughts are out in the open for everyone to hear, all the time. They call it Noise. Todd is about to become a man, until he uncovers a patch in the woods where the Noise can't reach him. What he has actually uncovered is a dark secret about the New World, and he and his loyal dog, Manchee, end up on the run.

What I loved
 - Manchee. He is exactly how I imagine dogs to be if they could speak. Simple, loving and loyal to the very end. I loved him. The way he speaks isn't ridiculous either, more realistic with just random words here and there but Ness manages to build so much character and emotion into the single words Manchee uses that you quickly fall in love with him.

 - Dark themes surrounding colonization, murder and religion which I adored.
- Viola, who I feel was quite ahead-of-her-time if this book is 20 years old.  She was a good, feminist character.
- Realistic love between characters.

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What I didn't love
 - It took me a while to get into the writing style, but by chapter 5 I was well into it. You need to get past the way that Todd spells things (stayshun > station) because he's illiterate.
- The title. I don't get it?
- Aaron. Is he bionic or something? It all got a little bit Scooby Doo meets American Horror Story at some points.
- The death I don't think should have happened. It makes me sad just thinking about it. If you know, you know.
- Not knowing how old Todd is?!?!?!

I'll be honest, the whole storyline of the book is basically,
- run
- bump into someone trying to kill them
- escape
- run
- repeat

BUT, it's written in such a way that it kept me turning the page and the cliffhanger at the end means I'm dying to get my hands on book two.
I really enjoyed it and can't wait to finish the series and watch the film when it's out!

C x


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