Sometimes life on an alien planet isn't that alien.


Prentisstown is a settlement in the New World. Todd Hewitt (12) is the last boy left in Prentisstown. He is about to turn 13 and begin his journey toward becoming a man, just as all the other boys before him. Todd was told that all the women, and nearly all the men were killed in a war with Spackle. The Spackle are native to the New World and released a germ that is particularly deadly to women. This same germ makes it possible for everyont to hear each others thoughts. Todd has ound a spot where there is no Noise.

When Todd explains the silence to his adoptive parents Ben and Cillians, they help him leave town, along with his dog Manchee. Todd is also given a knife and embarks on his journey to manhood. At a nearby swamp, Todd meets a girl named Viola, and the two decide to go to Farbranch, a settlement where they can be safe. In Farbranch he learns the truth about the Noise, but the Mayor of Prentisstown is not about to let him share it with others.

Teen Student Reader (17):
This is a good, lengthy book that will keep you busy for a while. The New World setting makes the book all the more interesting, and it had me drawing similarities and differences with our world. It makes you question your own morality, as wellas changing your outlook on society. 

This book is worth buying not just because it takes a while to read, but because you can read it again and still enjoy. It's hard for books that long to be consistently leaving you wanting more the whole read and even until the end, but this one succeeds.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This thought-provoking dystopian novel will have you thinking about the "real world" and your perspectives of it while reading and long after. Isn't that the sign of a great book?

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
This young adult novel sets the stage and introduces the players in a dystopian coming-of-age novel.
Educational Themes:

On a character level, the discussion themes relate to becoming a man and being isolated from society. On a broader scale, there are themes of power, misuse of power, finding out that you can't always trust authority, and how you can (or cannot) counter it.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen Student Volunteer. Reviewer Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. You'll want to have time to read it, and you will want to re-read it, too.

Title The Knife of Never Letting Go

Chaos Walking, Book 1

Author Patrick Ness
Publisher Candlewick Press, Walker Books Group © 2014 (Second Edition)
ISBN 9780763676186
Material Digital | E-Book
Cost $10.00
Genres Adventure, Science Fiction, Social Issues

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