Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.
Oh look, is one of those books that keep you reading no matter what!
(who doesn’t love when that happens?)
It’s the first time I read something from Patrick Ness and it definitely won’t be the last one. I absolutely LOVE his writting style, how he manages to “control” how you read (faster, slower, dramatic pauses…) and matches the writing with whatever Todd is feeling.
Todd and Viola are great characters, they behave like real kids whose world crumbles page by page. You could even say that the moral of this book is to never have too much hope, just in case the world decides to f** your life every 2 steps; so much running and pain and running…and PAIN!
The only negative thing I could say is that it’s not as unpredictable as it pretends to; you can see most surprises comming.
As part of a trilogy it has an open ending; as soon as I finished The knife y inmediately started The Ask and the Answer and let me tell you: it gets better.
½Hope may be the thing that pulls you forward, may be the thing that keeps you going, but that it’s dangerous, that it’s painful and risky, that it’s making a dare in the world and when has the world ever let us win a dare