The Knife of Never Letting Go

By  Patrick Ness

About the Book 

Todd Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown.
But Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Or are there?
Just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of complete silence.
Which is impossible.
Prentisstown has been lying to him.
And now he’s going to have to run…
Astonishingly powerful and breathtakingly exciting, The Knife of Never Letting Go is an unflinching novel about the dangerous choices of growing up.

What Patrick Ness thinks about World Book Night

"World Book Night captures everything wonderfully paradoxical about reading: it's an intensely personal experience that you want to share with everyone.  That standard reaction for a writer is to say that we're "delighted" about being part of it, but I'm something better than delighted, I'm curious.  How exciting.  Bring it on!"

What we thinkPatrick Ness by Helen Giles

“Patrick Ness is quite simply one of our greatest writers. The Knife of Never Letting Go was written for young adults but we’d defy anyone not to be completely gripped by this thrilling adventure. It’ll make you forget Harry Potter or Hunger Games ever existed...”

More by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first in a trilogy followed by:

The Ask and the Answer
Monsters of Men

A Monster Calls

Author biography

Patrick Ness is the author of seven books, including the multi-award winning trilogy Chaos Walking (Carnegie Medal, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Costa Children’s Book Award, Booktrust Teenage Prize), A Monster Calls (the first novel ever to win both the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals), and the highly anticipated The Crane Wife, his first novel for adults in ten years.  Born in Virginia, he moved to London in 1999.

On World Book Night

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John Wagner

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