Five stars. *****
Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown; a town of men; a town of invasive, never-ending Noise; a town where everyone knows what you are thinking.
One month away from his thirteenth birthday that marks his transition from boy to man, Todd finds a small spot of silence and his life changes forever as he tries to escape the Noise and Prentisstown.
‘The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.
“Need a poo, Todd.“
“Shut up, Manchee.“
“Poo. Poo, Todd,“’
These opening sentences engaged me instantly, and the immediacy of the first-person narrative drives the novel forward with a page-turning intensity.
In Todd, and his faithful dog, Manchee, we are given unforgettable characters to really care about (so much so, I shed many a tear while reading), and the originality and inventiveness of the premise make for a powerful, often dark read. For several pages, the ambiguity of which genre I was reading added to the intrigue and, with so many questions unanswered, this reader was eager to accompany Todd on his journey and learn the truth of Noise and Prentisstown.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. The writing style is lively and uncluttered, providing its own unique character in an engrossing, page-turning, emotional adventure full of drama and suspense.
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO Chaos Walking: Book One by Patrick Ness
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Monday, 26 January 2009
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