Lindsey R. Loucks

Author of Romance and Other Scary Things

The Knife of Never Letting Go

I’ve never done a book review on my blog before. I don’t know why. There’s tons of great books I could review, but the one I’ll do today made me really want to chat about it right after I finished reading it. By chat about, I mean chype about (see previous post). So here I go with my chyping review.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness is YA SciFi. Todd Hewitt lives on a planet where all the women are dead, and all the men and animals can hear each other’s thoughts. This is called Noise, because as you can imagine, men’s and animal’s thoughts are pretty loud sometimes. One day, Todd and his faithful dog Manchee take a stroll to get some food, and he hears a break in the Noise. All hell breaks loose, and soon Todd and Manchee are running for their lives.

Sorry, that’s all I can give away.

Here’s what I liked: Todd and Manchee – their conversations with each other were laugh out loud funny. Todd – an extremely likable character. The villains – they were so deliciously evil. The plot – not like anything I’ve ever read before. When I read the summary of this book, I thought Oh great, another book with telepathic characters. But, I’d never read one where everyone, including animals, was telepathic.

Here’s what I didn’t like: The story kind of plods along until about the end of chapter three, then quite suddenly picks up. There were a few more instances where the pace could have been sped along. Todd learns things at the beginning that he won’t share with the reader, which drove me crazy. The book was written in first person which is supposed to allow the reader into every nook and cranny in the MC’s brain. I felt left out. 🙁

My rating: 4.5/5
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that I needed to chat/chype about. If a book can crawl under my skin enough to make me want to do that, then yay. I think part of the reason why I needed to say something about it was because it was an emotional roller coaster to read. One minute I was laughing, the next I was sobbing my eyes out and had to stop reading. It’s good stuff if a book can make you do that.

Will I read the sequels? Yes. Even if the book didn’t end with a cliffhanger, I’m so invested in the story now, I kind of have to. That’s saying something, too. I’ve started several series where the first book was just meh, so I didn’t continue.

Do I recommend it? Yes. 🙂


  1. Sounds interesting! It’s now been added to my ever-growing TBR pile. : )

  2. Haven’t heard of this book, but you’ve got me intrigued… will check it out:)


  3. I’ve been thinking about doing book reviews like this. I read 4-5 books a week and often forget which books I liked and which ones I didn’t. Just takes time. Time away from *other* writing.

    On the book, I bristled when I read the bit about the planet where all women are dead. That’s MY story! Boooo! LOL.

  4. Kristen – My TBR pile will is so big, I’ll never be finished. But that’s a good thing!

    Tania – It’s a good one!

    Pam – No worries. Your book and this one are way different, I promise. And 4-5 books a week?!

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