Monday, December 12, 2011

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Genre:  YA Science Fiction
Chaos Walking Series, Book 1

Description (taken from Patrick Ness' website):
Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.

But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Or are there?

Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.

Which is impossible.

Prentisstown has been lying to him.

And now he's going to have to run...

This book is like a finely woven rug.  You begin the book not knowing the final design.  But as the story weaves forward, you begin to piece things together.  And all of a sudden, you've figured it out before Todd figures it out.

This book had similarities to Blood Red Road because the main characters are both on a journey in a different world.  I enjoyed this book and there was a moment where I got a little teary-eyed, but this book is just the beginning of a series.  What I really wished someone had told me before I started this book was, "If you start this one, you're going to need to read the next one."  I hate it when the the first book in a series sets everything up perfectly and then ends.  It's as if I'm reading and acquainting myself with the background instead of a really good story.

And now I need to plan on reading the second.  The book was really good, but it is definitely not a stand-alone book.

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