Published September 9, 2008 (HC), July 14, 2009 (PB) Young adult, dystopian
Okay, so I’ve been dying to read The Knife of Never Letting Go ever since Raych was all, “I loved this book so. hard. I wanted to take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant and/or put a ring on it.” (?’Cuz if you liked it then you shoulda put a ring on it/ Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh!)
(HA! Betcha didn’t know you’d be getting an a capella interlude when you clicked on this post, now did ya?)
So I’ve been slaving away at other books, all so I could get to THIS BOOK. And it’s all about how everyone can hear each other’s thoughts (Noise), and animals can talk (the dog’s hilarious), and Todd is going to become a man soon, and that’s when he really becomes part of the community in the town he lives in (that, by the way, is cut off from everything and is on some planet that has two moons). So Todd’s whiling away his time when all of a sudden he has to RUN and KEEP RUNNING and he doesn’t know why but part of it has to do with this girl he found WHO HAS NO NOISE and WHAT THE EFF IS GOING ON (except Todd doesn’t say eff).
I was loving on this book a lot, maybe not enough to put a ring on it, but enough to want to shove it in my friends’ hands and say, Do not talk to me until you’ve read this book. I loved the writing, I loved the dialect, and I loved the story.
Then I got to this ONE PART that I had to cut off from my consciousness and pretend like this ONE PART never happened. And to pretend like this ONE PART didn’t happen, I had to pretend like I hadn’t read the book. I couldn’t deal with this one part. It made me cry myself to sleep and it made me very sad. Not depressed, but sad for days. And I would even put the scene here in my blog (whited out so you’d have to make an effort to be spoiled) but I can’t even transcribe that part for you, it was that upsetting to me.
So while the book was good — great, even — I can’t rate the book. This part made the book unbearable for me. And maybe the book really is that good because it has elicited such a reaction from me that I had to basically forget about the book…*shrugs* I dunno. I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Lastly? I’ll be reading the second book, The Ask and the Answer, because I am nothing if I am not a glutton for punishment (I hear sad things happen there too, but I *think* they happen to people, which I can deal with on a rational level).
(Yes, there are more reviews, but how many more people need to say YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK before you go and read the effing book?)
Book source: I bought this book myself.
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