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The Knife of Never Letting Go: bk. 1 (Chaos Walking) Hardcover – 5 May 2008
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"* "Ness is a young writer of exciting quality and unpredictability." The Times * "One of the best first sentences I've ever read and a book that lives up to it!" Frank Cottrell-Boyce"
"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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
I don't usually like `road' books or films which this is but this is still an outstanding piece of writing. Todd`s voice is compelling and unique: part man, part boy, we witness his struggle to make sense of a world gone mad, and his attempt to find his own place within it. There is a lot of emphasis on what it means to be a man but this book takes that question seriously rather than as a superficial one and adds an unusual ethical or moral overlay to the story.
Ness' style is often poetic and oblique (`the knife of never letting go') and he uses language creatively. At heart this is a very powerful story which engages with heart-wrenching and difficult emotions and doesn't shy away from the painful. I've just started the second book in the trilogy and now that the journey is over I'm enjoying the plotline of that more.
The prizes that this book have garnered are completely justified: a fabulous read for teenagers and adults alike.