Friday 17 February 2017

The Knife of Never Letting Go by: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction
Published: May 2, 2013 by: Walker Books
Pages: 528
Rating: 4/5 stars

In the town of Prentisstown, everyone hears everyone else's thoughts in an endless stream of Noise. When Todd and his dog Manchee uncover a town that has complete silence throughout, Todd becomes weary of the life he thought he knew that the people he thought he trusted. Just weeks away from becoming a man, Todd faces great danger, and must choose whether or not to reveal the silent town, or continue as if everything is normal.

Mr. Ness creates some unique books. His books are so odd and yet so cool that it seems like he thinks differently than everyone else. I love his ability to weave fantasy and diversity together so perfectly, and creating truly, one of a kind themes.

This book will mess with your head. It will make you rethink everything you thought about sci-fi, and it reveals it in a whole new light. Like I said before, this book is unreal. I guarantee that you have not read anything like it.

This is kind of a weird thing to love about a book, but I loved that there was a dog as a central theme. I am a huge dog person and I don't read many YA books that have a dog as a fearless sidekick, so I found this so unique and cute too! It was really really special.

Like I said, I loved the diversity of this book and how Ness approaches it. He looks at different sides to all kinds of spectrum's, and he doesn't shy away from talking about serious issues. At the same time though, he also has this great wittiness about him that he manages to put in every book, which I find so comical. He's really a jack-of-all-trades.

The one thing that I didn't like about this book was that I tend to not completely *get* science fiction. It's not really my point of interest, and for that reason, I tend to find almost every sci-fi book a tad boring, no matter what it is. So I will say that for me, there were some slow parts, but don't let that discourage you if you love sci-fi.

Overall, this was a really intriguing read with the wit and charm of Ness that we all know and love.

Have you read The Knife of Never Letting Go? What did you think?

Emily @ Paperback Princess


  1. Argh, this trilogy = awesome! Things get REALLY dark in the next one!!!! Ness is never afraid to talk about the serious stuff! :)

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, because while I'm super-excited for it I'm also a bit hesitant, because my last encounter with Ness's works - The Rest of Us Just Live Here - was less than satisfying. *cries* Anyhow, after your review I'm quite pumped for The Knife of Never Letting Go, so thanks for that!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    1. Aww I actually really liked The Rest of Us as well! To be honest, I haven't encountered a book of his that I didn't like. Hope you love this one!

  3. I loved The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness <3 (ie; it broke my heart and left me a total mess) But I'm a very emotional reader and it scares me to pick up another book by him but at the same time I what to? Do I sound like a bumbling idiot? :P

    Wonderful review!I'm so glad to hear about the diversity and the fact that a dog is the central figure <3


    1. The Knife of Never Letting Go is also pretty emotional, but not as bad as A Monster Calls. It's much more adventurous :) Hope you'll give this a shot!