KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, BY PATRICK NESS
This Young Adult book has been out for a few years, I wasn’t interested in it when it was published, even though it was pretty popular at the time. I ended up adding it to my list out of misguided curiosity. It was mentioned as the book you should read after finishing Harry Potter, in a book I didn’t like, but finished for a friend. I knew I shouldn’t take the advice of an author I didn’t care for, but I read it anyway and was very annoyed when I got to the end of the book. I don’t know why I was expecting anything different…
The premise is interesting enough, a civilization of humans living on a distant planet, where all men can hear each other’s thoughts. ALL OF THEM. ALL THE TIME. Things are bleak and dark, the planet is beautiful, but hard and the men are evil, conniving and murderous. This book is basically a 500-page chase scene with a boy and girl character being chased across a planet by an evil army. The writing is very drawn out and repetitive and the book ends pretty much mid-sentence. I understand the idea of a cliff hanger, but in this case, I felt like I was being held hostage by the story.
I hate giving negative reviews, and I typically just wont finish a book I don’t like. My Goodreads.com account is all books rated three stars or higher, because I don’t finish books, I would rate two stars or below. I would have rated this book three stars, most of it is fine and it is creative, but the complete lack of an ending made me so mad, I’m rating it two stars!
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