The Knife Of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness // I’m Going To Go Hide From The Stones You’re About To Throw



3 stars – I liked it but maybe there where elements of the book I didn’t enjoy to much and subtracted from the awesomeness. I may have also had a bit of a meh reaction to it.


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?


Guys, I have some bad news…

I didn’t particular like the book to much :/ !!!!

“WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!” You shout! “I DON’T KNOW!!!”

I really don’t know why it didn’t gel with me! It just didn’t!


The Knife of Never Letting Go was my first ever Patrick Ness book, and I went in with the highest expectations (after all he is a favourite author of so many of yours!) but unfortunately I found the book predictable, slow and (dare I say it…) boring. (DON’T THROW ROCKS AT ME! I’M ALLOWED MY OPINON!).

The pacing was a huge issue for me, I like books to be action packed and always on the move, whereas The Knife of Letting Go is like Act 1 of a story dragged out over almost 500 pages. Like honestly! The place they finally reach at the end of the book is the place they set out for on like page 80. I’m sorry but that really annoyed me.

I also didn’t like how there was this mystery huge mystery around the history of their town, Prentisstown. My problem with this was that I had worked out what had gone down by like page 200 (at the latest) but it continued to be built up and dragged out until like 400-and-something. I just really grated on my nerves that it was yet another thing that I thought was being unnecessarily prolonged.

As for me calling this book boring, I’m not referring to the ending (cause holy shit that’s when things were getting interesting) but I mean the tedious traveling from town to town. If this book was a movie the entire middle 300 pages would be snipped into a 30 second montage. It felt repetitive and pointless after a while.


Now you may be like ‘IF YOU HATED THE BOOK SO MUCH (STUPID-B****-WHO-DOESN’T-KNOW-A-GOOD-BOOK-IF-IT-BIT-HER-ON-THE-ASS) WHY DID YOU GIVE IT THREE STARS!’ Which I can totally imagine some of you being like! (LOL) Just because I would be the exact same way if someone was railing on one of my favourite books.

I gave this book three stars because there were parts of this book that were fantastic! The world (New World) is legit done incredibly! Like all the details and it’s history! It was so well done! You could really feel the atmosphere of the planet by the way Patrick described it. PLUS A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN HERE PEOPLES THOUGHTS IS PRETTY DAMN COOL! (Even if it is the root of a whole world of problems). I also loved how he changed the spelling of words for when he wanted to give a character a certain accent, it forced the reader to pronounce the words the way Patrick imagined they spoke.

I also loved the characters!!!!!! LIKE SERIOUSLY, MR. NESS, YOU KNOW HOW TO WRITE A FLUSHED OUT REALISTIC CHARACTER! I salute you!! The main character Todd, is like so real! There’s no better way to describe him! I think most authors accidently fall into a trap of needing to make their ‘chosen one’ larger than life, but everything about Todd was so realistic – his thoughts, emotions, actions – he was an average 13 year old boy just trying to deal with the shit hand he was dealt the best possible way he could. Viola was the exact same way! JUST SO REAL! Like I feel like Patrick must have a superpower and it’s writing awesome worlds and even more awesome characters.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST – this honestly bumped the book up like ½ a star – TALKING ANIMALS. Animals. That. Talk! A DOG THAT TALKS AND IS PERFECT!!! (ALSO: I think books that contain what happened to a certain talking dog should come with a warning label! BECAUSE I WAS NOT PREPARED AND MY HEART BROKE!)

Although I didn’t particular enjoy this Patrick Ness book that much, I still totally plan to read the sequel (AS IF YOU CANT AFTER THAT ENDING!!) and he has a second chance to wow me away when I read Monsters Call and The Rest of Us Just Live Here soon!

Add me on Goodreads 🙂




Duke: For fuck sake. Fine! Take the damn photo! But I refuse to pretend I like it!!



About Amy

I'm an 20 year old uni student who majors in procrastinating. It's wonderful really - many a great read was read because of it.

20 Responses

  1. Every time I think about poor Manchee (who is one of the best characters in the book) I feel sad 😦 I don’t think anyone is going to throw rocks at you! It’s a good book but not perfect (I mean, come on, how many times can Aaron come back?!). I hope you enjoy the sequels.

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  2. I tried to read this book and just couldn’t get past the first few pages. I did borrow it from the library again just to give it another try but your review isn’t setting it up for a comeback XD It’s nice to hear something different from all the 5 star reviews though!

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