The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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The Knife of Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

Series: Chaos Walking Book 1
 Young Adult Science Fiction
Length: 512 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 54 minutes
First Published: 2008

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Publisher’s Description

Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

Quotes from The Knife of Never Letting Go

“Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

“We are the choices we make.”

“You can’t say everything, so you don’t say nothing.”

“Men lie, and they lie to theirselves worst of all.”

“When luck ain’t with you, it’s against you.”

About Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of ten books: 2 novels for adults, The Crash of Hennington and The Crane Wife; 1 short story collection, Topics About Which I Know Nothing; and 7 young adult novels: the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls, More Than This, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and The Ocean Was Our Sky. He currently lives in London. Visit the author’s website →

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