Book Review: The Knife of Never Letting Go

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness (Website)
Publisher: Walker Books
Date Published: May 5, 2008
Date Read: October 11, 2017
Pages: 512 (Paperback)

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

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Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men. And you can hear everything they think. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans… Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run…

This freaking book.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for years, but I never got around to it.  Finally, I was watching CLASS on BBCA and decided that I was going to read something by Patrick Ness even if it killed me.

And, this book? Just about freaking killed me.

Let me set the scene.  I was at work, it was a slow day, I pulled this book out of my bag and started reading.  I wasn’t expecting a lot, but this book sucked me in from moment goddamn one.  It reached out and grabbed me and refused to let me go.  The hours flew by.  I got irrationally angry anytime I was interrupted, and I refused to put the book down to do things like my job.  I devoured this book and then was so angry I couldn’t immediately go get the sequel, because I needed it right then.  I also promptly made three other people read this book in the following month.  It was amazing.

I love this book, it is so fantastic.  The premise is so unique and original, the plot is gripping, edge-of-the-seat, and so goddamn emotional.  Seriously, this book gutted me and left me devastated at least three different, distinct times.  It’s so smart, and takes a hard, raw look at humanity.  It blew me away.


I do feel the need to warn anyone that hasn’t read this book: it is, at times, brutal.  There’s a lot of violence.  There’s references to rape, sexual assault, torture, and more.  And, spoiler but I wished someone had told me, the dog fucking dies.  This book isn’t for the feint of heart, and even though I enjoyed it a lot and feel its a very important read, think about it before you read if you are sensitive to any of the topics I just listed.

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