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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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    4.5 stars

    I have heard fantastic things about this book and about Patrick Ness in general, and I was not disappointed. I really loved The Knife of Never Letting Go. First of all, the writing was beautiful. The world that Patrick Ness created was really interesting, and I felt like I could imagine the entire planet perfectly as I was fleeing Prentisstown with Todd. The characters felt so real and I found myself growing incredibly attached to them. I have to admit, I was a little bit confused at the very start of this book, but once the plot developed a little and I got to know a bit more about the characters and the world, everything fell into place and I was hooked. I would love to be able to tell you more about the character development and the world building, but saying anything more would put me at risk of spoiling you, and I really think it is best to go into this book without knowing too much about the plot. One thing that surprised me about The Knife of Never Letting Go is how dark it was. Our main character, Todd, is only supposed to be twelve or thirteen during this book (there is some debate among the characters as to the progression of time on their planet). This is a little bit younger than a typical Young Adult character, and this book is marketed as YA. Despite Todd’s age, I found this book to be darker than most YA books I have read. The villains in this world are some of the creepiest, slimiest characters I have ever read. I have heard Mayor Prentiss named as people’s favorite villain multiple times, and, I will admit, he is a really creepy bad guy and I am a little afraid to see what he does in the rest of this series. But the character that really got to me in The Knife of Never Letting Go was Aaron. Aaron was freaking CRAZY. He completely creeped me out and I will never forget his scenes in this book. Ugh, that guy gives me chills….
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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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    Knife of letting go

    Found this a frustrating read. Very hard to follow and the ending was very disappointing
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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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