Sunday, August 8, 2010

An absolute modern classic

The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

I have often picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go and thought, “this looks like something I’d like”, but I never got around to actually reading it.

Finally I gave it a go… Regrets? Yes, I have one; that I didn’t read it sooner!

Any reader that is partial to a fantasy story is going to adore The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Set in a world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts, things get a bit Noisy at times. Todd Hewitt finds this life a struggle but when he comes upon a pocket of silence, the life that he knew changes in a heartbeat. Everything that Todd knows to be true is in fact a lie and he finds himself on the run; running for answers, running for the truth and running to protect his life and that of a very unlikely companion.

Ferociously paced and action packed, Patrick Ness has mastered the art of the page turner and is very deserving of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize.

The only problem is that you will need to have the sequel, The Ask and the Answer, close at hand to see what becomes of the unlikely hero, Todd Hewitt.

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