A huge trend in YA lit right now is dystopian themed stories. This book is a kick-butt example of the best out there right now, hence it’s my pick for this week’s review!

book cover of "The Knife of Never Letting Go" by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness


Todd Hewitt is the last boy left in Prentisstown. There are no other children, and no women at all. Only 142 men, Todd, and his dog Manchee. In 30 days Todd will become a man, but he is starting to sense that maybe something strange is going on in town. Aside, of course, from the obvious lack of women and children, oh and the fact that everyone’s thoughts can be heard all the time. ALL of their thoughts, ALL of the time. Needless to say, it gets pretty noisy in Prentisstown.

Very quickly Todd’s world is blown apart. He is forced to run away from his home by a hoarde of violent and angry Prentisstown men and heads into the wilderness without a clue as to where to go or how he will get there. With only Manchee for company, Todd’s run for his life very quickly forces him to see the world as it truly is, rather than how he had always thought it was… and what he and Manchee find is not pretty.


This book grabbed me by the face and didn’t let go until I had finished it. Twice I had to put it down and walk away because I was so shocked/upset, but within minutes I was back… dying to know what happened next. Totally not for the faint-of-heart, this is a book that if you start it at 9pm you will be up until 3am with your flashlight on under the covers.

Patrick Ness writes this book in a crazy, almost punctuation-free slang. Todd very quickly has a voice inside your head thanks to how unique the writing is; but, unlike some books with lots of slang, I didn’t find it hard to understand at all. I found that you could hear Todd and the other characters talking very clearly while you were reading, and that their voices were very unique. Definitely one of my favourite parts of the book.

I’m not normally a huge thrill-seeker in my reading, but this is one adrenaline ride I will be pushing at people for years to come!! Be prepared to laugh, cry, rage and be triumphant; not necessarily in that order and sometimes almost all at once. But whatever you do, you’d best hang on to your shorts people, and get reading!

Rating: 5 of 5 star rating

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars for being, quite frankly, amazeballs. Books that make me cry don’t usually get rated highly… mostly because crying makes me look like a mess and my nose run. Ugh. Never a good thing in my view. But this one managed to escape this curse. So read it. NOW! šŸ™‚

How to get this book:

  1. e-audiobook
  2. e-book

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*germs = my cute way of saying gentlemen. No disrespect intended. I swear.