I came about Wishlist Wednesday hosted by the ever so lovely Pen to Paper. (Please check out their blog, it’s awesome).
Wishlist Wednesday is a meme that allows you to turn the spotlight on a few books that have been sitting on your get-to-eventually list for a while. Books that you dream of claiming their rightful spots on your bookshelf.
This week while browsing Goodreads I stumbled upon The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.
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.
But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?
Patrick Ness is steadily rising on my radar. I first heard talk of him over at A Bookish Heart, where Atsi swore by him. Then last month I read his novel, A Monster Calls and knew from just that novel that this man would be one of my favorite authors.
He has a way of explaining the feelings inside of us that can’t be explained. A way of digesting our fears and dreams. Quite simply, he shows instead of tells and to me that’s the mark of a brilliant author.
This novel is apparently a science fiction sort and you all know that I’ve been on the hunt for a good alien story! (I’m much more open to the genre after watching Dr. Who). It’s also a series, which compels me even more as there’s nothing better than a good book EXCEPT more good books.
Also, the concept of the story fascinates me. It also strikes me eerily similar to today’s society. These days we are constantly surrounded by streaming noise, tapping into our minds in the hopes of adding another consumer to the market. Think about it, when we’re not out in society we are home plugged in either to the T.V., computer or Ipod. Silence has become a rare concept in modern times and I don’t think that’s a good thing.
I’ve read some of the reviews and there are a few points that give me pause. First of all violence. Now, I’ve read books with violence and have never been bothered before but the amount of reviews that warn about it makes me think that violence might run more than amok in this novel. Also, the narrative voice. Apparently the story is told through first person consciousness, note– not first person. So the grammar and sentence structure takes getting use too, but all reviews say that if you can get past it, it actually further connects you to the character.
Even with the hazards, I’ll be taking a chance on this novel. Patrick Ness is an author who deserves it.
Have you ever read this novel? What did you think? What are you wishing for this Wednesday? Comment below and happy reading!