A Rogue Librarian's Reading List

{August 10, 2011}   The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Plot: Todd was the last boy born in Prentiss Town on the colony of New World. Over 10 years ago, the planet’s native race released a virus that killed all the women and created the noise, the ability to hear all of men’s thoughts. Now Prentiss Town is all that’s left of the entire world. Or at least that is what Todd has been taught all his life. Shortly before his 13th birthday, the day he will finally become a man, everything changes. He finds a girl in the swamp, the first person whose noise he cannot hear, and soon they are running for their lives and from the secrets that have been kept from him all his life.

This review is based on the audiobook read by Nick Podehl.

This book is truly frightening. There is the constant threat of death, of course. Todd and Viola never really get a chance to breathe: each danger is followed by something worse. But the unfolding truth, the truth about what really happened in Prentiss Town all those years ago is truly horrific. And Ness really has a great sense of pacing. I was in a constant state anticipation. I won’t say more an risk spoiling the book except to say that it is a world and story that everyone should experience.

I don’t know how it is portrayed in the physical book but Podehl really manages to get across the incessant, senseless barage of noise without interfering with the story itself. But then he is a very good narrator overall: he does accents and voices (male and female) with great skill and infuses real emotion into the characters. It was a pleasure to listen to.

The Second book, The Ask and the Answer, is already on my iPod.

Challenges: Futuristic/Sci-Fi Challenge (7)


This is the second great review I read about this book. I will add it to my TBR list.

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