REVIEW: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I think this book ends with one of the biggest cliffhangers I have ever read. Or it has been a long time, at least.
A very captivating, suspenseful read. A dystopian about a new world, in space, like ours but with the difference that everyone can hear each other's thoughts in a loud, bewildering cacophony called Noise.
Todd will become a man soon, after thirteen years of thirteen months. However, just before his birthday, it becomes clear that in this world where everyone knows every thought, there are a lot more secrets than you'd expect. And the secrets are dark.
At first, it's very confusing. you get dumped in a new world with almost no explanation, and Todd himself doesn't know much either. Occasionally, when Todd learns something, he understands but doesn't dare to say it out loud, or he sees it in the Noise, which means we don't learn it (yet). Some answers come around the middle of the book, some only towards the end.
Todd is a flawed hero, which makes him feel more real. He was raised by two dads. The only thing I couldn't stand was that sometimes he hit or kicked his dog. Not because he was mean, not out of malice. I really don't get why that was necessary, or included, what it contributed or meant to show. It wasn't very elaborate, and I think it never actually hurt the dog, but still. The relationship between Todd and Manchee was one of the nicest things in this book, though, and often made me smile.
I had thought reading a book with a thirteen (or fourteen) year old protagonist would feel or sound too young to me, but that was not the case at all.
It is a book with a unique writing style, some of which also shows in the layout. When some characters spoke words had phonetic/lateral spelling.
It's not a short book, but it read very quickly, and at some points, it felt like an action/suspense movie.
This was unexpectedly really sad, tragic and painful. Way more so than I had anticipated. It's not a book that gives much hope, even though the characters talk about hope a lot. But it's gripping and compelling, and I'm so ready to start the next one (see also: cliffhanger). And I have hope still, for it to become more hopeful :)
“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”