The Knife of Never Letting Go - Chaos Walking (Paperback)Patrick Ness (author)
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Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 503 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 37 mm
An impossibly good novel. It is at once endearing yet unsentimental; compassionate yet damning; exhaustingly exhilarating and yet tempered by a staid and considered emotivity. Written in the first-person present tense in an unapologetically impudent manner, this novel captures exceptionally the brash bravado and the underlying insecurities that actively teem inside the minds and explode in the actions of boys on their path to manhood. * www.inthenews.co.uk *
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL excellent debuts in recent months and perhaps the most impressive is Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go. It's the story of Todd, the last boy in a community of men. In Prentisstown, the Noise virus has left men with the ability to hear each other's thoughts, those of animals too. The idea may send shivers up the spine, but how different is it to the constant intrusion of e-mails, texts, advertisements and CCTV we already suffer? When Todd finds a lone girl in the marshes he realises they have to escape, which isn't easy when your hunters can hear your every thought. Written in Todd's characteristic vernacular and brimming over with ideas about adolescence, faith and free will, this is intelligent, immersive storytelling. -- Keith Gray * The Scotsman *
A book like no other. It's one of the most gripping, fantastical reads around. -- Camilla de la Bedoyere * Sunday Express *
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 *
An amazing book that should be seen as a classic * Books for Keeps *
An unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up, by an award-winning writer. * Southern Reporter *
The first book in an electrifying and multi-award winning trilogy * `S' (Supplement to Sunday Express) *
One of the boldest, bravest and most original novels of the last 10 years . . . it will take your breath away * Sunday Mail Glasgow, Book of the Week *
I don't think I could speak highly enough of this book; it was just pure brilliance * Growing Wings *
This harrowing and immersive book completely reimagines the possibilities of dystopian young adult fiction * Rolling Stone *
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