The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1): Chaos Walking: Book One

by Patrick Ness

Candlewick Press | October 18, 2010 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1): Chaos Walking: Book One is rated 4.4643 out of 5 by 28.
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.

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Published: October 18, 2010

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763652164

ISBN - 13: 9780763652166

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new flavour for the YR audiences. It's always refreshing to read something that is not wizards or vampires in teen literature. At first I thought it was a post-apocalyptic story but then I quickly realized that it was actually a bonfide space colonist tale. There are not too many of those around anymore. The story quickly engages the reader as Todd, our hero, finds himself in a mess by witnessing something he should not have. The problem with Todd is that he is telepathic - a result of an alien virus that affects all of the male colonists. This means he "hears" thoughts from other males and they can hear his. Long story, short - they hear his thoughts about what he saw and he is forced by his guardians to run away. The rest of the novel involves the escape and subsequent pursuit of Todd. There is a decent amount of character development within the story and we are entertained by Todd's ability to hear animal thoughts as well. The tale provides no shortage of surprises and the reader will quickly learn that nothing in this journey will be taken for granted. Altogether this was a fairly quick and rivetting read although the book is over 400 pages. I recommend this story to anyone that likes sci-fi or just books about teens forced to think for themselves. It resembles The Hunger Games in that respect but brings forward a lot more originality than the other.
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best talking dog The premise was fantastic and the book lived up to it. It had just enough mystery that I found myself reading it during my lectures, but it wasn't so mysterious that I was kept up all night or looking up spoilers on the internet. The dog, manchee, is my favorite character, he says everything I picture my own dog saying. The other main characters are equally realistic. The knife of never letting go is not my favorite book of all time, but I would definitely read it again and look for the sequel.
Date published: 2011-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling I really didn't know what to expect from this book, and in the begining I wasn't all that into it. Todd Hewitt lives in Prentisstown. A town filled with men and their loud thoughts. All the women are dead and a germ has been released in the air that makes the thoughts of men be heard. Or so Todd was brought up to think. As the book goes on truths come out and we learn the truth of what really happened to the women and the lies of Prentisstown. I began to like the book once Viola comes into play. She is from a different planet, her aircraft crashed, killing her parents. Now she is on her own until she meets Todd who is on the run from the men of Prentisstown. This book gets really good as Todd and Viola are on the run, and I found myself not able to put the book down. Wanting to know what happens next. Great book, really looking forward to the sequal.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Paced, Wildly Imaginitve, Noisy Adventure. Coming of age story of a young boy on the run, who has been infected with "the Noise Virus" which means that he can hear the thoughts of all of the men in town and they can hear his thoughts. I loved this book and could not put it down until the last page. I am looking forward to book two.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A "Never Put Down" Book This book is amazing! I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down. I am not the person to read... at all, I've only read around 4 full chapter books in my 13 years of age, and I could NOT put this one down. I had never read a book so much and fast, i think I read it in under a week. This book is great for kids my age. This book is full of adventure and sadness, guilt and dispair. The book has a compelling friendship and sacrafice. This is a great book and I would reccomend it to anyone.
Date published: 2009-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning! The only--ONLY--reason I'm not giving this book five stars is that, yes, the dialect makes it a little difficult to get into. I actually picked it up a few months ago and stopped reading it because Todd's voice was distracting, but a friend told me to give it another chance and boy, am I glad that I did. The Knife of Never Letting Go was one of the most heart-wrenching novels I've read in a while. The premise itself is fresh, original, and unlike anything I've read before: all men can hear each other's thoughts, and those of all animals. The way the Noise was written out was really cool, and the language--despite the grammar--was almost poetic at times. Despite being quite a big book I was unable to put it down and finished it almost immediately. And yes, I'll admit that tears did come to my eyes more than once. Todd was such a complex character, and he was supported by an incredibly well-developed cast (Manchee!). The book ends on quite a big cliffhanger so I'm almost glad I only just discovered it--I don't have to wait for the sequels to come out! If you're having trouble getting in to it, don't give up. The Knife of Never Letting Go was addictive--it didn't let ME go!
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had to write a review for this book I try not to dole out five star ratings lightly. One chapter into this book, I hated it. I couldn't get through the bad spelling that many have complained about. But I pushed though, and I am SO GLAD I did. I cringe to think about what I may have missed out on by passing on this series. Halfway through, I thought it was good. By the end, I wanted to tear the book to pieces and hug it all at the same time. Patrick Ness is a force to be reckoned with. Todd and Viola have the most beautifully crafted friendship I have ever seen in print or otherwise, and I will admit I cried at parts of the book not because they were sad, but because the connection between them was written so wonderfully that you couldn't help it. If you pass on this series, I pity that you will be missing out on this wonderful, wonderful series.
Date published: 2011-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! I have to say this book took me a while to get into, and the writing also takes some time to get used to. But after about 3 chapters...wow!!! What an amazing story! It's definitely one of those can't-put-down books, and it really keeps you guessing. It's action-packed, chilling, heartbreaking, and dramatic all at the same time, and you really come to care about the main characters. It's also a fresh take in a reader's world filled with vampires, and love stories, and predictable endings. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2011-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Took me a bit This book took me a bit to get into. The language is different not a lingo I'm used to but sure enough I kept reading and it became a really great read. Now I have to go out and get the second one.
Date published: 2011-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A mind boggling great read! I picked this book up several times to read it but never actually got around to it until a friend of mine recommended it. The book grabbed my attention from the first chapter and didn't let go till the last page. I loved it enough that I immediately had to go out and get the other two books in the series in order to find out what happens!
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overwheling, intense and addictive Sometimes life is not what it seems; most people would say often it is not what it seems or even what you expect. But for Todd Hewitt it is even more so. Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown. Todd was raised to believe that all women on the settlement planet had been destroyed by a germ from an alien species called the Spackle. That same germ allowed men's thoughts to be visible to others and for men to hear the thoughts of animals and for animals to speak. In thirty days Todd becomes a man, for on your thirteenth birthday on this frontier planet you become a man. But for now he is the last boy and it is lonely because after 13 years of 13 months you become a man and Todd cannot wait, but his world is about to be turned upside down. Todd is out picking apples when he notices a spot of silence, a void in the noise he is accustomed to coming from everything. He tries to follow the noise and it moves away from him. Soon he loses track of the void in the noise and heads home. He tries to hide this secret as he passes through Prentisstown. When he gets home, his adoptive parents panic when they find out about it, and start gathering stuff to send him away. Bewildered, confused and feeling rejected he struggles against this plan, a plan they have obviously been preparing for a while. Soon he discovers the void in the noise is a girl, and he and the girl are running for their lives. This book was a wild ride, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. From the minute I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. A few of the plot twists I figured out well before the story explicitly told us, but there were so many, and the way they were all woven together was thrilling to read. Of the over 300 books I read in 2010 this is one of the best; I just hope the rest of the series lives up to it.
Date published: 2011-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for teens and adults. Pros: high tension, action packed, interesting concept, character growth, good use of literary techniques to achieve the above, great message, you'll be left reaching for the next book in the series Cons: There's some violence, so it's rated 14 and up, some actual swearing (and lots of 'fake' swearing), for stronger teen readers Unlike the older men in his village of Prentisstown, Todd Hewitt was born on this world. He was born with the Noise - the sound of everyone's thoughts - man and animal, night and day. Born after the war that killed all the natives, the Spacks. Born after the Spacks unleashed the germ that caused the Noise and killed all the women. Todd Hewitt is 30 days from his 13th birthday. Thirty days from becoming a man when he and his dog Manchee come across something they've never encountered before. Silence. This encounter turns Todd's world upside down, as everything he thought he knew about his world is brought into question. He's forced to flee with the source of the silence in an attempt to find answers and safety from the men of Prentisstown. Men who are finally putting into motion a plan they've been brewing for years. Patrick Ness is a master of the craft. He uses first person to get the reader into Todd's head and, despite the Noise, Todd and those around him manage to keep secrets - from each other and the reader. Repetition is used for emphasis, while clipped phrases are a means of ratcheting up the tension. Ness also cleverly sidesteps the use of profanity by using 'effing', while letting the reader know the boy isn't REALLY saying 'effing'. Every time you get close to understanding what's going on something else happens, forcing Todd further along his journey, and pulling the reader along for the ride. There's also a great message towards the end. And you'll want the sequel on hand when you finish this one. This is one of the best teen books I've ever read. It's great for both teens and adults, and you'll be hard pressed not to read on.
Date published: 2010-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breath Taking! Can I just say, wow. Absolutely great, and I haven't said that In a long while. I just finished this book not more than 20 minuets ago and I quickly came over to share my view. In the Prentisstown there's a lot of lie's buried under each nook and corner that Todd just can't seem to figure out. He goes to more experiences than anyone should have to in their whole life. So much hurt, sadness, confusion, and bits - very small bits near the end - of hope. Patrick Ness just created one of the bravest and strongest boy-child-man, that I've ever seen in a book much less real life. His characters are believable and the relationships he builds between them are almost tangible. The way he carefully goes about creating a connection between Viola and Todd is the closest to the lines of how a real teenage boy and girl would operate. Oh, does he never stray away from the real actions a almost-man would take, and think, and question everything around him. Never is this novel predictable and kept me at the end of my seat through out, I even - cried. Reaching Haven is the hardest journey anyone could take and Todd and Viola - yourself included - can't help but wonder at times if it's worth it in the end. If hope really is dangerous? He has a lot to amount to in his follow up. Ps, that excrept? God, is it amazing.
Date published: 2010-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beest book evver!! at first i didnt want too read thiss book, and then i started to read it and woow it was the best book i have ever read! and i read a lot of books (:
Date published: 2010-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of the best books I've read in a very long, long time. It's loaded with action and takes you on a journey you can't help but finish in one sitting. Every chapter takes you right into the next with mind blowing cliffhangers. I would definitely recommend you pick up this book and the others in the trilogy as well. Amazing book from start to finish. The plot never grows old and while some of the "unexpected" twists are predictable the majority aren't. Amazing read!!
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story!! Really interesting storyline. A little slow in the beginning but it picks up and you won't be able to put it down. Its mysterious and a potential tear jerker. I cried at one point. The ending is pretty intense. You will probably want to have the second book ready by the time you finish this. Nothing is what it seems in this book. I loved it!
Date published: 2010-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg what a ride! Truthfully I put off reading this book. I read the first 2 chapters or so and I wasnt really getting into it but I brought it with me to school on friday (yesterday) read it on the way there and home and then basically whenever I could and finished it about 10 mins ago. Thank goodness I kept reading! It was recommended to me so it *had* to be good, i trust you guys! Boy was it good. Each chapter makes you want to turn the page and find out what happens next, it was so suspenseful! Through the pain and suffering Todd has to go through and how he has to become a man and his relationship with Viola right to when they arrive in Haven...INCREDIBLE. Im putting the second book on hold now but i think this is def a series im going to have to own for myself.
Date published: 2009-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!.. Okay, this book is just... wow!!!. I started reading it and never wanted to stop, each chapter ends with you just needing to know what happens next, you start reading and really, it's literally impossible to put down. This book puts you in a thrilling adventure, following a boy named Todd who comes from a town named Prentisstown. This town only consists of only men, because a while back the germ that gave all the men the abilitly to hear eachothers thoughts,(or called their noise) killed all the women. Todd is the last boy in the town to become a man, but suddenly he has to leave his town without knowing why, all he's got is some food, his knife and Manchee, his talking dog. Throughout this thrilling adventure, Everything Todd thought he knew about Prentisstown wasn't exactly what it seemed, when he finds a girl with no noise. After I finished this book I really couldn't get over how amazing it was, there was non-stop action...really it was non-stop!! It was an extremely exciting book, with brilliant characters that made you laugh. I CAN'T wait to see what happens in the next book!!!!, The Ask and The Answer.
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent! This was an amazing read! Patrick Ness has woven together a beautiful tale about growing up and learning what it means to grow from a boy to a man. Todd Hewitt is one month away from becoming a man in Prentisstown. He is the last boy and forever will be because there are no more women left in the world. But Prentisstown is no ordinary town. Everyone in it--including the animals--can hear every single thought that goes through everyone's mind. There are no secrets that can be hidden when thinking something is practically like saying it out loud. Then one day, Todd stumbles across a lake where everything is quiet--there is no Noise that can be heard anywhere. But it isn't the lake that's creating the quiet; it's a girl. Suddenly, everything Todd thought he knew about Prentisstown is questioned. He must run away from his home and find Haven where there have been rumours of a cure for the Noise. If he fails to find the cure, he will infect the girl with his Noise and she will die, just like all the other women. I couldn't put this book down. Just when you thought everything was going perfectly, Ness throws in something that grabs you on for another few chapters. And everytime I say, "Okay, I'm just going to read ONE more chapter, and then I'm going to bed...", something HUGE happens at the end of that chapter, and I end up staying up late to find out how Todd will get out of the mess. A truly brilliant novel; I'm eagerly awaiting the next book: The Ask and the Answer.
Date published: 2009-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Paced, Wildly Imaginitve, Noisy Adventure Coming of age story of a young boy on the run, who has been infected with "the Noise Virus" which means that he can hear the thoughts of all of the men in town and they can hear his thoughts. I loved this book and could not put it down until the last page. I am looking forward to book two.
Date published: 2009-05-17

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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1): Chaos Walking: Book One

by Patrick Ness

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 18, 2010

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763652164

ISBN - 13: 9780763652166

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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.