Published by Candlewick on July 22nd 2014
Genres: young adult, science fiction
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him -- something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn't she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd's gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.
The first thing I will say is: MANCHEE.
Second thing: OMG you guys really need to read this book. It was phenomenal and I was totally awestruck by the whole idea behind this story and the writing was fantabulous.
Todd, the main character, was someone that I fell in love with, or at least in like with, since the start of the page. His feelings bled out through the thin pages of this book, and I felt like I was experiencing every freaking damn emotion that played out. He was innocent, scared, rude (which was pretty endearing, to be honest) and I wanted to know more about him. I love that this whole book was Todd. Not about Todd, but was really Todd. It doesn’t feel like first person narrating a story, it feels like I’m legit in Todd, reliving his whole story.
And like him, I was pretty darn curious about this world, where Noise existed and you can always hear someone’s thoughts and vice versa. Damn, privacy was a luxury that Prentisstown would never have.
My feels were crazy-wiring throughout this whole book and I couldn’t sit still. The Knife of Letting Go was intense, because you have no idea what the freaking hell is going on, until it happened, and you’re just there like HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.
And like the ending leaves you wanting more, SO MUCH MORE and I totally regretted not getting the second book because I was just there like damn stunned and holy shit I NEEDED THE NEXT BOOK. I mean, like HOLY SHIT MAN THIS BOOK STILL HAS ME MINDBLOWN AND I’M JUST. Omg.