The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness

In some ways this is a traditional story of the battle between good and evil but set in the fantasy land of New World where being able to hear what men and animals think is normality. The unique and humorous writing allows you to engage immediately with characters Todd and Manchee and to join them on their fast-paced quest for truth, safety and silence.


And them's just the words, the voices talking and moaning and singing and crying. There's pictures, too, pictures that come to your mind in a rush, no matter how much you don't want 'em, pictures of memories and fantasies and secrets and plans and lies, lies, lies. Cuz you can lie in the Noise, even when everyone knows what yer thinking, you can bury stuff under other stuff, you can hide it in plain sight, you just don't think it clearly or you convince yerself that the opposite of what yer hiding is true and then who's going to be able to pick out from the flood what's real water and what's not going to get you wet?

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