The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The first time I attempted to read The Knife of Never Letting Go, I sent it back to the library unread and unloved. I couldn’t get into the first chapter. The talking dog. The dialect. It didn’t fly with me, yo.
But Raych put it on her Wonderful Dare list and commanded me to power through the first 100 pages.
So I did.
Because she told me to.
And I fear her wrath, which I assure you, is considerable.
Now I am 1/5 done with Wonderful Dare and humbled. Raych loved Knife hard enough to make babies with it. I don’t love it that hard, but I fancy it enough to grope its boobies under the bleachers. Honk. Honk.
Pervy imagery aside…
Todd Hewitt, 12 going on 13 and days away from manhood, grew up in a world of Noise. Every man can hear another man’s thoughts; Todd can even hear his dog’s thoughts. There are no secrets, no privacy… until Todd stumbles upon a hole in the Noise, i.e. the Silence. In the thick of all this chaos, there are secrets darker than Satan’s asshole.
To sum up: A boy, his dog, and a girl run for their lives—high octane style—from an indomitable army headed by robo-mayor and a religious zealot with the durability and perseverance of the T-1000. Seriously, what is with swamp bum Aaron? Why won’t he DIE?
Then we come upon the scene that launched a thousand tears. I’m not at liberty to talk about THE SCENE, but I will just say that it shattered my heart into a million little James Frey pieces and I shook my fist into the sky: “Why? Why does the world have to be so cruel?”
Also, there’s that part way in the beginning when the first SHIT pelts their farm and Cillian (Todd’s guardian) gives him the ‘look of no return’ and Ben (Todd’s other guardian) delivers the man hug of ‘we may never meet again.’ I crumpled my Kleenex in my fist and grew a soul.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book in a series. I will not say anymore, only: the cliffhanger had me wringing my hanky into knots as I ask myself: “How the eff is Todd going to get out of this one?!!!” I suppose I’ll find my answer in the aptly titled sequel, The Ask and the Answer. Clever, Ness. Very Clever.
Raych, you have filled my life with wonder!