The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Dia Dhuit!

Once upon a time, I was optimistic and I thought I could read three books at once. Spoiler alert: I couldn’t.

Seriously though, I borrowed one book from a friend, one from the library, and scheduled an ARC review last week.

Needless to say, it didn’t go very well. Anyways, here’s the first review. Enjoy!

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Page count: 496

Synopsis from Goodreads
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks.

Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl.

Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.


I’ve never read a book like this one before – a different way of speaking, different people, different places, a different world. It’s difficult to review this book without spoiling it, but let me try.

Todd, the protagonist, is surrounded by Noise, which means that everyone can hear everything else thoughts. Literal constant mind-reading. It’s a tough place to survive in, isn’t it? No privacy, no secrets…such a world is unimaginable.

Viola is a spot of Silence in the Noise. Beauty among the ugly terrors of Prentisstown. She’s like a breath of fresh air amidst smoke. Her presence is what helps them all stay alive.

And Manchee, the dog. The most wonderful character in the book (*sniffles*). This was the character I was most emotionally attached to. Dogs are the most friendly, loyal, lovable beings on the planet (*furiously wipes tears away*).

Fleeing a place is easy in most books, but not this one. How do you run away when a hundred people can hear your thoughts and know exactly where you’re going? How can you hope to stay alive when your enemies already know your next move?

Have you read this book? Did you like it? Who’s your favourite character? Let me know!


9 thoughts on “The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

  1. I must reread these; I have Monsters of Men somewhere but not the other too…

    Seconding recommendation of A Monster Calls, especially if you can somehow watch the stage adaptation, it’s brilliant!

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