Throwback Thursday is a book meme created by Renee (itsbooktalk) as a way to share your old favourites and reminisce about why you loved them so much.
I’ve chosen The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness because it’s the first and [so far] only book that’s ever made me cry. You may be wondering why I’d like it if it upset me, but for a story to inspire such emotion inside me is definitely a book worth reading.
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?
Part one of a three-part series, this book is long but I found it impossible to put down. Todd, and especially Manchee, are such likable characters that I found myself holding my breath during a lot of chapters as the men of Prentisstown hunt them down. Just when they think they’re safe, they are forced to keep running.
Having not read many YA books lately, I was surprised at just how dark and graphic the book became at times, but perhaps this is now the norm with this genre. Nevertheless, reader discretion is advised.
I’ll be honest I may never re-read this book because I know I’ll cry once again but I can’t recommend it enough. Ness is such a terrific writer and so diverse that you really can’t predict his plots as “typical Ness”, you really just have go with the flow and accept that the ending will surprise you.