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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.

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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking Book 1)
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4.3 / 5
January 25th, 2014
This book is excellent! If you want something different to read then this is the book for you. Its sci-fi, action, romance and adventure all in one! Its a good read that'll have you on the edge of your seat for hours! I found it hard to put down!
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November 6th, 2013
The story is very easy to get into. Lots of action, adventure and a very unique story. Funny in parts, especially Manchee the dog. I couldn't wait to read the following installments.
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October 4th, 2013
The Knife of Never Letting Go is told from the unique perspective of a 12-year-old illiterate boy, so it includes some funny phonetic spelling and grammar, some half-swearing (e.g. "effing", etc.), and an ultimately innocent and naive voice. Todd is not portrayed as some chosen, special teen, like in a lot of today's dystopian young adult fiction. He is just a boy, and it's refreshing. Todd's relationship with Viola is hardly romantic in this first part of the trilogy, and that's actually a good thing. They get closer, but he doesn't spend the book wondering about when they're going to kiss and stuff like that. They're young and cute and they have better things to worry about. For now. The Spackle are the native species of the planet, and they are set up nicely. From what little you see of them, they are very likable. I named a stuffed animal after them. Also, I was very impressed with Todd's struggle with killing. You don't see that very often in books, and I think it's realistic and made me like both the book and Todd more than I did to begin with. In a good deal of young adult books, teens kill the "bad guys" like they don't even care. If they're bad, then sure. They can die. Sometimes it seems like there's not much of a choice, but I applaud the authors that make it a real issue. Where the main character won't kill, or atleast struggles with it a lot. The only other book like that off the top of my head is the Harry Potter series, where it's acknowledged that killing rips apart your soul to some extent. The poor spelling and grammar, I think, is more endearing than annoying. The Noise, which is the thoughts of all the males, is portrayed really well. The story moves along at a good pace, and I liked almost all of the characters. The book is very good, and same with the rest of the series.
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January 4th, 2013
Couldn't put this book down! I found myself reading well into the night can't wait to start the second book.
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