The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This book was difficult to read for a handful of reasons. First and foremost, bad things happen – and those things felt real and painful. Todd, the MC, is an extremely likable 12-13 year old boy. His voice and his narration style made him really vivid. And when he suffered it was excruciating.

This is a YA book. About a kid living on a planet (prolly not earth) with some weird tweaks. The weirdest is that people can hear each other’s thoughts. Which is really freaking awful. Imagine – your thoughts and feelings and memories blasted at the people around you – whether you’re awake or asleep.

Todd is forced to go on the run with his awesome idiotic dog. It’s a huge adventure. And things get darker as the story proceeds. I wasn’t fully vested until about 56%. And then caring was crushing. Loving Todd is excruciating.

Second – Todd is aggravating. Oblivious. Teenagish boys are dumb. They make bad decisions. Repeatedly. There were times Todd made the book nearly unreadable.

I’m not sure that I’ll read the next book in the series. If I do it won’t be for a little while. This took an emotional toll on me – which is excellent. But hard. There was little light in this book – and that’s not my usual read. And definitely not a book of this length with no emotional reprieve. I’m glad that I read it – but I could really go for a goofy romance about now.

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