Group Read: The Knife of Never Letting Go (
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I read The Knife of Never Letting Go last September, and the sequel, The Ask and the Answer in November - I liked them both a great deal!
One thing I found really interesting was this book's unique treatment of telepathy. Here, we see this ability as a curse rather than a gift, something which means not only no privacy, but no silence, no peace, no quiet. Men are forced apart, physically, in order to bear each other. Being in town feels like Chaos. And it seems like it would be easy to lose your sense of self in the face of all the Noise - how do you develop who you are with other people's thoughts constantly in your head?
I just finished Knife and enjoyed it, although selkie, I agree it was dark and disturbing.
I think it would be cool to be able to read other people's thoughts, but not constantly like in the book. And how weird that the women aren't affected.
I liked the writing, how he kept it moving fast with a sense of danger for Todd and Viola. Loved Manchee and was very sad about what happened to him.
Glad I have the next book here to continue reading! Sadly, book three is not out until October. So many good continuing series coming out in the fall!
I got very emotionally invested in the characters, even more than I realised at the time.
When Manchee died, I was horrified. I very nearly cried. I had to put the book down for a few minutes and compose myself.
This book doesn't pull punches. It's dark, violent and down right scary at times, but nothing about it seems gratuitous. I think that this is a war story (even more so in book 2) and even though Tod and Viola are on the run, the war is coming, it's literally following them. I think it does a great job of depicting the chaos and violence of war.