Well worth it – The Knife of Never Letting go by Patrick Ness

Recently I read The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. It has one of the best first lines ever:

The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.

“Need a poo, Todd.”

Love it. Todd is the only boy in a village of men. He lives in a world where you can hear everything that everyone thinks. And all the animals too. Todd is fast approaching the day when he becomes a man, it’s significant because he is the last one in his village to do so. What are the men holding back?

I heartily recommend this book, especially for young adults. It’ll make you laugh out loud.

There is a great review up on the Guardian today, where it just won the Guardian’s children’s fiction prize. The judges call it challenging but not bleak.

Ness said

“This story felt like something that’s got to be really gone for, really shouted out from the rafters, and teenage fiction is where you can do that and still not be shoved into genre. In its most basic form it’s about information overload, the sense that the world is so very, very loud. Then I took the next logical step of what if you couldn’t get away.”

cover image of the knife of never letting go

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3 Responses to Well worth it – The Knife of Never Letting go by Patrick Ness

  1. Eoz says:

    lol, that’s sheer genius :)

  2. taryn says:

    Ness is a legend… this book is a classic – hilarious, accessible and riveting.

  3. Christyanna says:

    Read the second one! Its absolutely fantastic and impossible to predict… I read the entire thing in one night sitting :)

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