Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
(Chaos Walking) (bk. 1)

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This fast-paced novel is unique in almost every way, from the very different way it is told, to the imaginative storyline. I was hooked from the very beginning.
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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. Includes “The New World,” a short story by Patrick Ness.
 

About Patrick Ness

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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England's Radio 4 and SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and is a literary critic for the GUARDIAN. This is his first book for young adults. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 18, 2010 by Candlewick. 497 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by AliRae on Jul 29 2012

This novel is intelligent, fact paced, nerve-wracking and at times heart-breaking. This is an amazing opening to an unforgettable trilogy.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Rabbiee on Jul 17 2012

This fast-paced novel is unique in almost every way, from the very different way it is told, to the imaginative storyline. I was hooked from the very beginning.

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