The Knife of Never Letting Go

Patrick Ness
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Entertaining Book, Strange Narration, Occasionally Awkward Plot


The story of The Knife of Never Letting Go is very straightforward. Todd and his few companions are fleeing the evil men of Todd's hometown. Still, there were times that the plot felt too implausible or contrived. Occasionally, Insanity was used to explain people's actions, or information was arbitrarily withheld from the reader simply because the narrator [Todd] wasn't very good at expressing himself. As an illiterate, adolescent, farm boy, Todd's first person narration stomps all over traditional English grammar and spelling. At first, this made it a little difficult to get into the story. However, the story was still enjoyable, despite the strange narration and occasional obvious plot device.

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