The Knife of Never Letting Go
I’ve been somewhat slow getting to Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in his trilogy, Chaos Walking. The book has been on my list to read for a little while now and i had been looking out for it in the library – but without success. When we were in Wellington last weekend i spied copies on the shelf at Unity Books and decided i wasn’t going to wait any longer. I remembered the review i’d read which prompted me to enter it on my list had promised much. Not without good reason. I’ve not been disappointed: this is a really gripping and powerful tale.
Ness is a master storyteller. Deservedly award-winning. The narrative moves at an unrelenting pace and we hurtle along almost as breathless as the protagonist, Todd, as he flees and cries out ‘tell me! why aren’t you telling me what i don’t know?’. But pause for explanation is rarely possible for here is yet another, never-wholly-articulated danger to fly from and an uncertain ‘haven’ to seek. Again and again the author does not flinch from presenting the reader with events we would rather had not happened; that seem so unjust yet all too believable. right to the last page. So now i absolutely have to seek out the second volume tomorrow. I just have to know what happens next!