Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Summary: Todd lives on a planet called New World. He lives there because Earth isn’t a good place to live. He’s lived on New World his whole life and has never known a life outside of farming wheat and herding sheep in Prentisstown. But one day while wandering through the swamp with his dog Menchee Todd meets a girl, Viola, who will change his life forever. Todd is forced out of Prentisstown and runs for his life from a crazy preacher with Viola beside him. Together they fight off a crazy man, aliens and try to make it to Haven, the one place where they might feel safety again.
I started reading it because…of the title. “THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO” seemed like a beautiful metaphor and it seemed like the kind of metaphor that the author put a lot of work into. And if the author put so much work into the title then he must have spent a great amount of time and detail into the composition of the book.
I kept reading because… I thought it was really exciting, and I could relate to Todd in the way that he felt patronized by those closest to him and that he could talk about wanting to hurt people who deserved to be hurt but could never actually hurt another human being on purpose. And I thought it was written really well, as if the character was actually talking to me.
Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:
Todd would be voted most likely to become president.
Viola would be voted most likely to save lives in Africa.
Aaron would be voted most likely to live through any world catastrophe.
Menchee would be voted most likely to earn a purple heart for saving lives while on military duty.
Six Word Recap: Violent, exciting, tear-jerking, heart-warming, hopeful, nail-biting.
This book reminded me of the song DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD by Swedish House Mafia.
Yasmine, West Seattle Teen Blogger