Todd Hewitt is the last boy of mad and lonely Prentisstown, the only town on a desolate planet. The colonists who first settled there were shocked to discover that they could see each other's thoughts in an Infinite, overpowering swirl of `Noise'. The women of the town were slaughtered by an alien race known as the Spackle, or so Todd is told. One fateful morning Todd sets out with his dog Manchee to pick apples by the swamp; there he discovers a patch of complete and utter silence, in terror he races home to find his life can never be the same again. The setting of `The Knife Of Never Letting Go' would imply that it is a science fiction book although the terrifying and often gruesome events that take place would suggest a horror story. `The Knife Of Never Letting Go' perhaps falls into the genre `psychological thriller' due to the mind blowing dilemmas Todd and Viola (the protagonists face, as they run from Mayor Prentiss's army and the town's murderous priest- a truly haunting villain and most certainly my favourite one in Young Adult fiction at the moment. The book is written in the first-person which gives the entirety of the novel a pacy and claustrophobic feel. This feel fits perfectly with the mostly unsettling themes that Patrick Ness introduces through each chapter. The violent conclusion is a chilling and memorable one. `WINNER- GUARDIAN CHILDRENS FICTION' is written on the front cover of `The Knife Of Never Letting Go' although I would recommend this book to anyone, thirteen years of age and above and/ or with a strong stomach. Anyone under that age or/and without a strong stomach should be warned that violence is portrayed in a gut-wrenching fashion and there is a great deal of swearing - this is certainly justified when your being stalked by a homicidal religious fanatic. I couldn't say that `The Knife Of Never Letting Go' is one of the best Young Adult novels in libraries and book stores today, I could however, say that it is one of the most bold and original.