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    The Knife of Never Letting Go is told from the unique perspective of a 12-year-old illiterate boy, so it includes some funny phonetic spelling and grammar, some half-swearing (e.g. "effing", etc.), and an ultimately innocent and naive voice. Todd is not portrayed as some chosen, special teen, like in a lot of today's dystopian young adult fiction. He is just a boy, and it's refreshing. Todd's relationship with Viola is hardly romantic in this first part of the trilogy, and that's actually a good thing. They get closer, but he doesn't spend the book wondering about when they're going to kiss and stuff like that. They're young and cute and they have better things to worry about. For now. The Spackle are the native species of the planet, and they are set up nicely. From what little you see of them, they are very likable. I named a stuffed animal after them. Also, I was very impressed with Todd's struggle with killing. You don't see that very often in books, and I think it's realistic and made me like both the book and Todd more than I did to begin with. In a good deal of young adult books, teens kill the "bad guys" like they don't even care. If they're bad, then sure. They can die. Sometimes it seems like there's not much of a choice, but I applaud the authors that make it a real issue. Where the main character won't kill, or atleast struggles with it a lot. The only other book like that off the top of my head is the Harry Potter series, where it's acknowledged that killing rips apart your soul to some extent. The poor spelling and grammar, I think, is more endearing than annoying. The Noise, which is the thoughts of all the males, is portrayed really well. The story moves along at a good pace, and I liked almost all of the characters. The book is very good, and same with the rest of the series.
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    Amazing

    Couldn't put this book down! I found myself reading well into the night can't wait to start the second book.
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    Riveting

    Can hardly wait to read the 2nd book. I'm going to purchase it right now. In this book series you are able to explore a whole new world with the main characters, Todd and Viola. They both come from completely different lives: but both learn new things about the New World, and about each other during this tragic journey. Definitely a must read for anyone who is interested in other worlds.
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    Must Read

    It has been a while since I read this book and the series. But I definitely remember the feelings this book brought up in me while reading. Laughter, hatred, pity, heartbreaking sadness, etc. This is an absolute must read for sci-fi, dystopian, young adult novels. You'll be absolutely hooked(trust me)!
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    Let it go

    I thought this book was great, a total 5 stars! My friend said it was sad, but I loved it! A little bit gorey, but other than that, it was great!
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