THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Todd Hewitt has never known quiet. Growing up on an alien planet where thoughts are broadcast and animals speak, 12-year-old Todd is the last boy in a town of men. He quickly goes from outcast to target after finding two surprises in Prentisstown’s swamp: a wrecked colony spaceship and Viola, the first girl he has ever seen. In fleeing Prentisstown, Todd and Viola discover its ugly history and terrifying plans. Uneven pacing and an unbelievable premise hobble this work, Ness’s first attempt at YA fiction. Events pile up and then freeze while Todd addresses an emotional crisis. Viola’s page presence is so weak as to be forgettable, though Manchee, Todd’s loyal dog, will grow on readers as the narrative progresses. Ness’s attempt to develop Todd’s character by including colloquialisms in nearly every aspect of the narrative only succeeds in driving readers out of the tale. Attempting to address adolescent angst, information overload and war, Ness ends up delivering merely noise. (Science fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3931-0
Page count: 496pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2008




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