The Knife of Never Letting Go
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
This is a book that had been raved about by many of my friends but I’d always overlooked because I’d never been impressed by the summary. Shows me what I know. I shouldn’t go judging the book by its blurb because it was so much better than the summary made it sound. It was an epic adventure. A lot of books advertise an adventure but this truly was one, traversing an interesting, unique world in a way that I’ve never really seen.
It took me a little bit of time to get into this book because of how it’s written. Certain words are deliberately misspelled to illustrate the education level and different-ness of the characters, namely the men of Prentisstown. A couple of times, it threw me out of the book but I was able to climb back in and eventually I got used to the style and grew to enjoy it because it’s so unlike things I’ve read before.
The book also keeps the aura of mystery going for a long time so you’re constantly wondering what about Prentisstown is so bad, why is Todd so wanted, what are the Spackle, and where did the Noise come from? The questions do get answered but they’re drawn out, speckled here and there to keep you interested and boy, I was kept interested.
I cried a lot when Manchee’s fate was revealed. I love that dog. So did Todd.
The ending was a great setup for the future books. It was desolate, sad and left you hanging with even more questions now that you’d had some answers. Time to jump into book number two!