I don’t even know how to start. The Knife Of Never Letting Go, the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, is suspenseful, shocking, disturbing and sad. But there is always hope, right?
This is the story of Todd Hewitt, who lives in a strange world where everybody can hear everyone’s thoughts. It is a germ who caused this, a thing that the settlers that came to New World did not foresee. The germ did not only reveal everybody’s and even every animal’s thoughts, but also killed all women. So in this world, where there always is Noise no secrets can be kept. But men lie…
The story of this book is really captivating and from the first page on, you really just want to know how Todd’s story continues. Without giving away too much I can only say that there are many, many obstacles and troubles for Todd and his faithful dog Manchee to overcome. Many fights will be fought, there will be pain and horror and sadness. There never was a part in this book that I found boring, I just always wanted to know what happend next. That being said, this book was a little too sad for me (Yes I cried, shut up – to say it in Todd’s words).
After the first pages I never thought that I could like Todd as a character. I mean, he can talk to his dog, and Manchee is so sweet and Todd is just mean to him and even hits him! It took quite some chapters of the book until I could forgive Todd. But I did and I really felt for him, when he had to experience all these horrible things.
Todd meets a lot of different characters during his journey, from loving and warm-hearted to cold, brutal and really mad. I loved how Ness described the characters and how merciless he used their features to give the story just another turn.
Ness’ writing style just adds to the emotional rollercoaster Todd and the reader go through. Todd is a first person narrater and describes beautifully how it feels to be him, to hear the Noise and to experience all those things he has to cope with. Todd told the story in his own way of speaking, with dialect and sometimes, when he was nervous, in neverending sentences, or in action-filled scenes just in fragments of sentences. You could really imagine Todd telling you his story, hearing his Noise. Ness also found a beautiful way to display the Noise, with different fonts and sizes of the words. All that added up to a unique reading experience, that will not be forgotten any time soon.
In conclusion I have to say that I really think this is an amazing book. It is astonishing and shocking and moving, story and writing style are extraordinary and unique. The only downside for me was that it was in some parts way to sad for me and….the CLIFFHANGER ENDING! I need the second book right now.
5/5! I wanted to punish the book for making be cry by giving it just 4 stars, but I just couldn’t. It wouldn’t be fair.