The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness


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For the October reading group for the YA Goodreads group, for the dystopia / post apocalyptic theme, The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness was chosen.

The novel starts with a catchy idea but I did not like the plot development. I like a lot the choice of the original title, because of the recalls during the novel: a knife implying a life choice about what to pursue and become. The Italian one is not as good (Il buco del rumore): it reminds some elements in the novel but is way less evocative and sharp.

The knife of never letting go

The novel is set in a new world colonized by humans; from the first pages we know that there was a war against the alien that inhabited the planet who, to defend themselves, released a virus that killed all the women and left the men thoughts visible to the surrounding ones.

When someone comes near Pressintown, town where the main character Todd lives, the noise of the men inside is loud: purposes and desires are no more private.Some days before Todd birthday – the day from when he will become a man – a series of events will upset the boy’s life bringing him to doubt about everything he learned.

The novel starts with this brilliant idea that thoughts are visible to everybody: on one hand this allows to build different ways to react to this problem, on the other the narration is more dynamic since it follows Todd thoughts – and so it is less linear and more emotive-like.

The novel has some drawbacks, first of all I do not like novels based on the concept of running away from something/somebody (it brought to my mind The fugitive that I particularly don’t like). The run moreover is not supported by any kind of information about the reasons to go away: there is a diary that is almost never open (something that should have been exploited better). The information then is provided from a element that in other genres is called Deus Ex Machina – also because of his further purposes – this choice to me is not convincing.


* The knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness ★★★☆☆

*I read this book in English

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