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The knife of never letting go, Patrick Ness

Label
The knife of never letting go
Title
The knife of never letting go
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Ness
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World
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Storyline
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Tone
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Award
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
  • James Tiptree, Jr. Award, 2008.
  • USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2009.
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for High School, 2012.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Chased by a madman preacher and possibly the rest of his townsfolk as well, young Todd Hewitt flees his settlement on a planet where war with the natives has killed all the women and infected the men with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear. This cacophanous thought-cloud is known as Noise and is rendered with startling effectiveness on the page. The first of many secrets is revealed when Todd discovers an unsettling hole in the Noise, and quickly realizes that he lives in a much different world than the one he thought he did. Some of the central conceits of the drama can be hard to swallow, but the pure inventiveness and excitement of the telling more than make up for it. Narrated in a sort of pidgin English with crack dramatic and comic timing by Todd and featuring one of the finest talking-dog characters anywhere, this troubling, unforgettable opener to the Chaos Walking trilogy is a penetrating look at the ways in which we reveal ourselves to one another, and what it takes to be a man in a society gone horribly wrong. The cliffhanger ending is as effective as a shot to the gut. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 09-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 1, p97)
  • Gr 9 Up— Todd Hewitt lives in a world in which all women are dead, and the thoughts of men and animals are constantly audible as Noise. Graphically represented by a set of scratchy fonts and sentence fragments that run into and over each other, Noise is an oppressive chaos of words, images, and sounds that makes human company exhausting and no thought truly private. The history of these peculiar circumstances unfolds over the course of the novel, but Ness's basic world-building is so immediately successful that readers, too, will be shocked when Todd and his dog, Manchee, first notice a silence in the Noise. Realizing that he must keep the silence secret from the town leaders, he runs away, and his terrified flight with an army in pursuit makes up the backbone of the plot. The emotional, physical, and intellectual drama is well crafted and relentless. Todd, who narrates in a vulnerable and stylized voice, is a sympathetic character who nevertheless makes a few wrenching mistakes. Manchee and Aaron, a zealot preacher, function both as characters and as symbols. Tension, suspense, and the regular bombardment of Noise are palpable throughout, mitigated by occasional moments of welcome humor. The cliff-hanger ending is unexpected and unsatisfying, but the book is still a pleasure for sophisticated readers comfortable with the length and the bleak, literary tone.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library --Megan Honig (Reviewed November 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 11, p133)
  • Todd Hewitt has never known quiet. Growing up on an alien planet where thoughts are broadcast and animals speak, 12-year-old Todd is the last boy in a town of men. He quickly goes from outcast to target after finding two surprises in Prentisstown's swamp: a wrecked colony spaceship and Viola, the first girl he has ever seen. In fleeing Prentisstown, Todd and Viola discover its ugly history and terrifying plans. Uneven pacing and an unbelievable premise hobble this work, Ness's first attempt at YA fiction. Events pile up and then freeze while Todd addresses an emotional crisis. Viola's page presence is so weak as to be forgettable, though Manchee, Todd's loyal dog, will grow on readers as the narrative progresses. Ness's attempt to develop Todd's character by including colloquialisms in nearly every aspect of the narrative only succeeds in driving readers out of the tale. Attempting to address adolescent angst, information overload and war, Ness ends up delivering merely noise. (Science fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2008)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
287378
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ness, Patrick
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 860
  • 860L
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
  • UG
  • UG
LC call number
PZ7.N43843
LC item number
Kni 2008
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
  • 4.4
  • 4.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Chaos walking
Series volume
bk. 1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social problems
  • Dogs
  • Human-animal communication
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Space colonies
  • Telepathy
  • Social problems
  • Telepathy
  • Human-animal communication
  • Space colonies
  • Science fiction
  • Science fiction
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The knife of never letting go, Patrick Ness
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Jacket photographs by Harold Sund/Stone/Getty Images ; Yoshinori Watabe/amana images/Getty Images - dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The hole in the noise -- Prentisstown -- Ben and Cillian -- Don't think it -- The things you know -- The knife in front of me -- If there was -- The choices of a knife -- When luck ain't with you -- Food and fire -- The book of no answers -- the bridge -- Across the bridge -- The wrong end of a gun -- Brothers in suffering -- The night of no apologies -- Encounter in a orchard -- Farbranch -- Further choices of a knife -- Army of men -- The wider world -- Wilf and the Sea of Things -- A knife is only as good as the one who wields it -- The death of the worthless coward -- Killer -- The end of all things -- On we go -- The smell of roots -- Aaron in a thousand ways -- A boy called Todd -- The wicked are punished -- Downriver -- Carbonel Downs -- Oh never leave me -- the Law -- Answers to askings -- What's the point? -- I heard a maiden call -- The falls -- The sacrifice -- If one of us falls -- Last road the Haven
Control code
715095
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
479 pages
Isbn
9780763639310
Isbn Type
(reinforced)
Lccn
2007052334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763639310
  • (OCoLC)199401725
Label
The knife of never letting go, Patrick Ness
Publication
Note
Jacket photographs by Harold Sund/Stone/Getty Images ; Yoshinori Watabe/amana images/Getty Images - dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The hole in the noise -- Prentisstown -- Ben and Cillian -- Don't think it -- The things you know -- The knife in front of me -- If there was -- The choices of a knife -- When luck ain't with you -- Food and fire -- The book of no answers -- the bridge -- Across the bridge -- The wrong end of a gun -- Brothers in suffering -- The night of no apologies -- Encounter in a orchard -- Farbranch -- Further choices of a knife -- Army of men -- The wider world -- Wilf and the Sea of Things -- A knife is only as good as the one who wields it -- The death of the worthless coward -- Killer -- The end of all things -- On we go -- The smell of roots -- Aaron in a thousand ways -- A boy called Todd -- The wicked are punished -- Downriver -- Carbonel Downs -- Oh never leave me -- the Law -- Answers to askings -- What's the point? -- I heard a maiden call -- The falls -- The sacrifice -- If one of us falls -- Last road the Haven
Control code
715095
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
479 pages
Isbn
9780763639310
Isbn Type
(reinforced)
Lccn
2007052334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780763639310
  • (OCoLC)199401725

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