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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1) by [Ness, Patrick]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 337 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Chaos Walking (3 Book Series)

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"Sets a high standard in an already crowded fantasy fiction genre."
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"Pure inventiveness and excitement." (Booklist)

"A stunning debut...As compelling as it is original." (The Times)

"Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, [it] haunts your imagination." (The Sunday Telegraph)

“Darkly imagined and brilliantly created, the painful dystopian setting of a world full of noise in which all thoughts can be heard as if spoken is the background to this tense coming of age story.” (The Guardian)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3917 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (16 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELDPWH8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 337 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I liked the New World novel which preceded this novel,so I bought this one. It is unusual and fast paced and I couldn't put it down.
I was disappointed in the ending though,which is a cliff hanger. I think Patrick Ness is a good writer and would read more of his books in time.
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The brilliant first book of a fantastic trilogy. Full of excitement, emotion and characterisation. Patrick Ness sweeps you into a world brilliantly created and realised, where coming of age, falling in love and meeting and fighting evil are all explored through believable and superbly identifiable characters......READ IT!
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Brilliant book, bought for my nephew so he could enjoy it.
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I loved the writing style, love the idea of the book. Definitely worth a read, very captivating.
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A truly gripping story of survival, discovery and growing up in a world that holds so many secrets. A must read....
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Of the three books of this saga the first is without a doubt the best one, I might feel like other readers that some parts are maybe too long and this will get more evident in the next two books, but as I said in the title who cares? this books are a great fun to read and full of good ideas......and In am 42........
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On the strength of "The Monster Calls", a superb book that haunts me even now, two years after I read it, I picked up this first of a YA trilogy, and I must say I was not quite as blown away as I expected to be. Not that this is a mediocre novel, because it isn't. The writing is fine, and it has at the centre of the novel, a troubled teenage boy, Todd, who finds he needs to grow up all at once, which harks back to the focus of "Monster".

There is also an all important novum that drives this novel, and it's difficult not to talk about it without giving away half the plot. Perhaps it suffices to say that there is something a little strange about a rural farming community that opens the novel, what with Todd's talking dog and the total absence of women. Soon it becomes apparent that there's Noise all about (yes with a capital "N"), where Todd and members of Prentisstown can hear each other. Not much hope of keeping a secret or being circumspect, as Todd reflects on this cursed ability, "The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking". And perhaps my problem with this book is the number of times Noise becomes a central concern in this novel. It was a clever enough premise, but it soon wore out its novelty for me.

It being the first book in a trilogy, it is understandable that Ness takes his time to tease out the plot and backstory, and that in the meantime, there had to be a lot of angst and uncertainty as Todd figures things out, when he is forced to flee Prentisstown. But for most of the book, Todd keeps running, and running, and running. Given the length of this first volume, I felt it would made a tighter story if Ness had been more judicious with his editing.
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Prentisstown is not the same as other towns. For one, all the women are dead. For another, everyone can hear each others thoughts. The thoughts of men spill out into the open in rivers of constant sound, so keeping secrets is not easy. But when Todd Hewitt finds a spot of silence in the impenetrable Noise, he realises that he knows far less about Prentisstown and its people than he thought.

In a world where boys become men at age thirteen, Todd has a limited time before he comes of age. Before he can ponder on what this means, he is forced to flee from everything he once knew with only his dog by his side.

This was so much more than I was expecting for a Science Fiction story. The world was complicated but easy to adjust to. Even though there are some story telling cliches, the concepts and the approach goes above and beyond with all of the elements of this world being included for a purpose - like pieces of a machine working perfectly together.

The unusual but intriguing introduction had me hooked and it said so much about Todd before anything is learnt about him. Plus I dare you to name me another book that starts with a dog telling you he needs to poo. I dare you.

Todd is such an interesting character with a great voice. His rambling was initially difficult to adjust to, but once I did I saw that he acts exactly how a twelve year old boy in a corrupt society should act. Although to begin with Todd is hardly the most likable character, he definitely shows a lot of development throughout the course of the book.

A lot of Todd's growth is shown through his dog, Manchee, as his attitude towards him changes. In Todd's world, all animals can speak. Before you become critical: this is not your typical comedic animal movie speak.
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