- Copertina flessibile: 496 pagine
- Editore: Walker (14 ottobre 2008)
- Collana: Chaos Walking
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1406320757
- ISBN-13: 978-1406320756
- Peso di spedizione: 408 g
- Media recensioni: 4.0 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (1 recensione cliente)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 139.581 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking) (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 14 ott 2008
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An unflinching novel about the impossible choices of growing up, by an award-winning writer.
Patrick Ness is the author of two critically acclaimed works of fiction, The Crash of Hennington and Topics About Which I Know Nothing. An award-winning novelist, he has also written for Radio 4, the Sunday Telegraph and is currently a literary critic for the Guardian. This is his first book for young adults.
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When settlers came to this world, they found it already inhabited by aliens known as the Spackle, and a war was waged against them to colonize the planet. Now, almost twenty years after the first settlers landed, the world is low-tech but free of the "spacks." However, they left behind them the "Noise germ," a chemical contaminant that causes all the men who come in contact with it to broadcast their thoughts for everyone's hearing--and kills all the infected women.
On the eve of his thirteenth birthday, Todd has never seen a woman. He was the last child born in the settlement before his mother succumbed to the Noise germ and died, and now he's the only boy left in the village of Prentisstown, all the others having turned thirteen and been proclaimed men. Now, with Todd's birthday approaching, the entire town is anxious, and Todd can hear it.
The men of the town are keeping something from him; although they can hear each other think, it's possible to learn techniques that allow one to control the information that others can hear. Ben and Cillian, his adoptive guardians and old friends of his parents, are both worried for him, though Todd doesn't know why.
And then, with less than a month to go until Todd's thirteenth birthday, he stumbles across a secret that no boy is meant to know and all men have been forced to forget, a secret about the history of his world and the lies he's been told. Todd has no choice but to escape from the town he's called his home and the people who have been his parents, on the run from something more terrible than the alien Spackle, and more familiar.Ulteriori informazioni ›
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It immediately begins with Todd Hewitt the main character, and introduces us to a world where every thought in each characters heads are audible to everyone—including the animals. Ness refers to this as ‘noise.’
In order to write this style effectively, the ‘noise’ doesn’t match font or format. The type overlaps, some is larger than other, and it creates a visual noise on the page to match the audible noise to the characters.
The book is placed in the young adult genre, but this as much due to the main character’s age as the audience. It handles very heavy themes in a mature manner, and doesn’t condescend to its audience.
The book is not just interesting format and concept, but also a very intelligently written, immediately captivating story of Todd and his dog and a new friend he meets when he runs away from his home.
This was one of the few times I was actually unable to put the book down and when I finished reading it, I immediately needed to purchase the second in the trilogy.
In a time where we’re being inundated by Young Adult novels and series about dystopic societies it is refreshing to read something truly unique, which doesn’t sacrifice any quality in that uniqueness.
If you enjoy the Young Adult or Science Fiction genres, I would strongly recommend this book. It is deep, fun, makes intelligent statements about society—as all good Sci-fi should— and has believable, and relatable characters within a scenario that is unlike anything you’ve ever read or experienced.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the fact that we are constantly reminded of the pain Todd is in, whether it be physical or otherwise. Maybe I'm just a poor reader, but in other books I tend to forget a character's current state (injured, heartbreak, etc.) and so I can't fully get into the character's mindset. Here, I felt I could do just that, and so "suffer alongside with" Todd. I think a lot of this also had to do with the author's brilliant writing style. It was very "talky", light, emotional and kind of liek a conversation the POW (Todd) is having with himself.
Not many things annoyed me through the book, except Aaron. It is never hinted at in the book, that I noticed, but that guy can not be human! No one would ever survive all the things he went through, so I believe he did something to himself to boost his endurance or something.
As I'm sure other readers will agree to, I also really hated that Manchee died. I got to love that dog and the relationship between him and Todd. I almost cried when I read the last few lines before he died. His confusion was so sad when he couldn't understand why Todd left him :(
I will say this much, without trying to spoil anything, I was not expecting the ride I was taken on. Not at all. In fact, just about every time I was expecting the story to turn one way, it'd go... not the other, but off to a direction that I hadn't considered at all and the excitement of such surprises kept me chained up to the story like a prisoner. Well, not like a prisoner, but more like a lover. One who never wanted to put the story down.
I will also say, there's a lot of subject matter parallels to Ender's Game. Not the obvious ones, but the more subtle and definitely more important ones that made Ender's Game one of my favorite stories of all time. So if you liked that story, you're gonna love this one.
And if nothing else, there's more than enough humor to ease even the most weary of story traveler through to at least the parts where it becomes impossible to put down. So I guess there's that. A warning of sorts. If you start this book, you will not be able to stop.
I cannot recommend these books highly enough.
And don't get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games, but Patrick Ness's The Knife... is in a genre of its own. In some ways, it shouldn't be a Young Adult novel-> the main character, Todd, is a 12 year old boy. Instead, I'd say it is a psychological thriller more than a dystopian- partially because there is so much focus on Todd's mental state.
To be completely honest with you, this book was weird. The strangest book I've ever read in my entire life.
Strangely enough, I remember when this book first came out- I did not find it in the Young Adult section of Borders (R. I. P.) at all, but the kid's section. If you look at this book through the lens of "Hey, this is just a very, very mature children's novel", the story, writing style, and pace will be easier to swallow. Overall, I would 100% recommend this book to those struggling to get out of a reading slump.
“But a knife ain't just a thing, is it? It's a choice, it's something you do. A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don't. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again. ”
The Knife of Never Letting GO is essentially about killing and death- much like The Hunger Games. However, unlike Katniss, Todd is a 12 year old boy- he doesn't want to become a killer when he is forced to go on the run from his home, Prentisstown. The whole novel is about whether or not Todd will make the choice to kill after all. This may seem like an all to simple conflict, but Ness's fast paced writing makes it work.
“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”
This novel would not be nearly as interesting if it weren't for "The Noise"- or the fact that everyone in Todd's world can hear everyone's thoughts. It's a harrowing idea if you think closely- there is no privacy, no quiet in Todd's world- and it's enough to drive a man mad. And that's really what this book- and the next two installments I presume- are about madness and the places such insanity will take us.
I can't wait.