The Great Escape Reading Challenge: The Knife of Never Letting Go student review

  • Title: The knife of never letting go
  • Author: Patrick Ness
  • Genre: Dystopian
  • Series: Book One of Chaos Walking trilogy
  • Available in library?: Yes.

Category – Award Winner – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness : Student Review

The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness, is an award-winning book that follows a boy’s journey through New World- a place where the thoughts of men are broadcast in an endless stream of Noise. A small colony of humans settled on this planet a little over a decade ago, warred with the indigenous species (Spackle) and faced many other problems. The main character, Todd, is the last boy in a town of men. All the women were wiped out in a war with the Spackle- or so it would seem. When his world falls apart one day, Todd discovers secrets, lies and realises that his world is a whole lot bigger than it seems. Patrick Ness weaves themes of control, rebellion and brainwashing into his novel and touches upon the dehumanisation of mankind. He perfectly illustrates the problems of colonisation using a creative medium. In the book, we get a first person telling from Todd, who speaks in phonetic slang- bringing his character to life. The emotional moments in the book are written extremely well and I would rate it as one of my favourite books.  I would recommend it to 13 years-olds and up as it is aimed at young adults but could easily be enjoyed by an older audience. 5/5.

Thank you and I agree one of my favourite books as well and I also highly recommend this book.  To learn more about the trilogy and the author go to the website of Patrick Ness

Library Team


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