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.
The Knife of Never Letting Go waited for a long time on my virtual wish shelf. I was interested in the story, and I liked the covers (there are more variants). So I bought the book finally.
The Story (Spoiler Degrees: 1)
I love the world. It’s original, special and interesting. Initially I thought that the book takes place on the Earth. Then it gradually occurred to me that it doesn’t. I like this idea. It makes the story special.
The plot really isn’t a big deal. Todd and Viola just flee from place A to B. Of course, this and that happens in the meantime, but overall the plot is flat. But as it is written, it’s amazing.
There are some horrible moments in the book, and I don’t just mean brutal violence. I had to realize again that I fear aliens, which are similar to the humans. Yeah…
There are some things that bother me. Many secrets come out at the end of the book. For you! The main character already knew about these things, but he didn’t tell you. It’s irritating, but personal. In most cases, the characters are astonished together with you when a secret is revealed. But only you are astonished in this book. Todd shocks you. Actually I found out or divined a lot of things on my own; it’s not a problem. I like it. And the end of the book is… OMG!
Characters (Spoiler Degrees: 1)
Todd. I really don’t like him. It’s a problem because he is the storyteller. Todd is almost thirteen years old, actually already fourteen in Earth time, but he seems younger in soul to me. He’s like a kid sometimes. But he is growing emotionally during the story, so it’s good. And he fell in love with Viola finally. I like that he doesn’t actually say this. You just feel it and know it. It’s so nice.
Viola. Sometimes she saves Todd’s life, because the boy is clumsy again. The rest of the time she is only there, quiet and scared. I don’t like her either actually. Yeah, it’s funny, because she is the other main character. But who do I like then?
Manchee. Yes, he is my favorite character in this book. A dog… It’s funny. He has plain feelings and he loves his owner very much. I like his thoughts: “Poo” and “Ow, Todd!” and “Stick, Todd!” The last one is one of the best parts. 🙂
Ben. I don’t understand him. He should have told everything to Todd previously. I know that this would have been dangerous, but I hate his everlasting explanations and the interruptions. He stammers out the truth to Todd only at the end of the book.
Aaron. He’s a sick bastard! But I like his character very much. He is really scary and he has a rough personality. I liked to read about such a crazy, indestructible “saint”.
Mr. Prentiss Jr. He is another bastard, but not as much as Aaron. Nobody can surpass Aaron.
I fell in love with the book on the first page. I love the style of the author, and I already know that it will take weeks to stop saying “yer” instead of “your” and similar.
I love the editing of the book; the editors solved the representation of the Noises well. It’s really special. But it’s a little bit ugly too…
At the end of the book I was just sitting and staring stiffly. I shook my head in disbelief. I don’t have to say anything else. Or… I want the second volume! IMMEDIATELY!
The cover is very impressive and creepy because of the color of the clouds. It’s good that Noises appear on it too, not only on the inner sides of the book.