The Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness The Knife of Never Letting Go
479 pp.  Candlewick Press.  2008 ISBN:978-0-7636-4576-2
(High School)

Have you ever wished you could read other people’s minds?  After reading The Knife of Never Letting Go you will probably change your mind.  Todd Hewitt lives in New World, and like all the men in Prentisstown, he contracted the disease that enables him to hear the Noise.  This Noise is other men and animals’ thoughts; it is never quiet, even when they sleep.  One day while Todd and his dog Manchee are wandering through the swamp, they hear something scary and unusual, they hear silence.  There’s something dangerous about the silence that forces Todd to run for his life, leave everything he knows, and learn horrible truths about Prentisstown and the Noise.  Patrick Ness’s dystopian novel is a clever mix of humor, suspense, action and drama.  Not long after a particularly intense section does a character like Manchee provide some comic relief.  Ness has crafted this novel into not only a journey for truth, but a journey for manhood and what that word really means.  S.A.


  1. I may have to read this after my list of other books 🙂

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      It’s so much better than I expected. Some of the dialect takes a little while to get used to, but it’s worth it.

      • What do you mean by the dialect? Is it like a Romeo and Juliet type thing, because I can’t understand that to save my life. 🙂

        • Mrs. Andersen says:

          Todd isn’t educated, so when he speaks some of his words are spelled wrong. They’re actually spelled almost phonetically, like instead of “direction” it’s spelled “direkshun.”

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