Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee - whose thoughts Todd can hear, too, whether he wants to or not -stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden - a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives. But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
©2008 Patrick Ness (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, The Knife of Never Letting Go is a book that haunts your imagination." (Sunday Telegraph, UK)
"A penetrating look at...what it takes to be a man in a society gone horribly wrong." (Booklist)
"A series opener as promising as it is provocative." (The Horn Book)
The story itself engaged me such that I couldn't stop listening. The narration brought the story even more to life.
Although there were some interesting elements to the story, I had great difficulty convincing myself that the main character was 14 years old. I think my favorite part of the story was the relationship between Todd and his dog.
I love Sci-if in general. This book is so interesting and really keeps the listener/reader engaged. The only part that annoyed me was the "Things noise" it was so high pitched and annoying but it was a very small part of the book. I look forward to the next one.
The writing was well-voiced and the characters interesting. The first person narrative is interesting, especially given the premise of the story. I suffered with them, rejoiced when they won, and was totally in this until the end. Oh, until the the very end.
And then I was angry.
I feel like an author owes me an ending. I've spent my money, given hours of my time, and when the end rolls around, I expect some kind of conclusion. And while you could argue that the character grows, demonstrates agency, and has an ending in this book, the two main characters are immediately thrown back into the fire, and then left dangling there like pigs on a spit.
Their relief was a lie, they're still in danger, and you'd better run right out and buy book 2.
I'm okay when an ending asks new questions, as long as it answers some of the questions the author has asked all along. I felt like all I got was more questions. So if you pick up this page turner, be ready to go on to the next one. Possibly the next one after that. When does it end?
not for kids(language )but it will keep you in your car after you get home
The noise concept is wonderfully captured and so well spoken. I haven't cried so much for a book in a long time.
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