The Knife of Never Letting Go
Chaos Walking: Book One
by Patrick Ness
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2008
Welcome to Prentisstown. Here you will find no females, no children younger than 13-years-old, and lots of Noise. Prentisstown is a colony on a distant New World. The religious settlers were unaware of a native species called "Spackles" until they were already on the planet. Naturally, a war broke out and the Natives unleashed some nasty germ that killed the women and caused the men's thoughts and feelings to project so everyone else could hear them. At least that is the history Todd Hewitt, the last boy in the villate, has always been taught. Now that he is approaching his passage into manhood, Todd discovers some things are not what they seem. He ends up on the run with some interesting companions. Fleeing from the unknown and heading towards the unknown.
The Knife of Never Letting Go is a true page-turner. I loved the feel of this planet and its inhabitants. When you read it be sure to read the chapter titles as they are quite intriguing. I am currently reading the second book so look for my review on that soon. If you are looking for an action-packed fantasy/sci-fi adventure, give this one a try.