Patrick Ness never lets me down.
I decided to pick this book up because I’ve been reading books that I didn’t enjoy. It went downhill since A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.
Bad book, after bad book.
But like I said, Patrick Ness delivered, as usual.
If The Giver and 1984 had a baby, this book is it.
The first thing that really grabs your attention in The Knife of Never Letting Go, is the protagonist—Todd—his voice is all encompassing. And going right into the series, you know that his, and everyones, thoughts are on blast. And yes, that includes his dog, Manchee.
So you can even talk to animals in this New World. You won’t have an intelligent conversation, but you can certainly try.
There’s one line that is so in character for a dog. I have two dogs, and whenever there’s a knock on the door… well…
For a second, nobody says nothing, everyone just freezes. Manchee’s got so many things he wants to bark that nothing comes out for a minute till he finally barks “Door!”
There were many times when I just cracked up laughing because of this book.
And like I said, Todd’s thoughts are on blast, so even when he’s not talking, he’s talking. Everything he said was always in his ‘accent’. Instead of ‘through’ it was ‘thru’. Words were abbreviated, and slang like ‘cuz’ was used. Ness even spelled words how they sound, like direkshun, informayshun, confirmayshun, temptayshun, to name a few.
Todd’s illiterate, so it kind of makes sense that he thinks those words are spelt that way.
Even though the spelling isn’t traditional, you still fly through the book. The weird spelling of words probably slows you down the first time you encounter it, but then you expect it and the book speeds up as fast as you can read it.
It’s a real page turner, which doesn’t surprise me because Ness has always been a page turner, at least to me.
I just can’t wait to start the second book.