Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness.

The Knife of Never Letting Go –

You cheat even if you don’t mean to and everybody means to.
And then one day Mayor Prentiss decided to burn all the books, every single one of them, even the ones in men’s homes, cuz apparently books were detrimental as well
— Chapter 2

A knife says yes or no, cut or not, die or don’t. A knife takes a decision out of your hand and puts it in the world and it never goes back again.
— Chapter 8

Suddenly I sat there with a 1000+ pages trilogy and I can’t quite say how that happened. I’ll have to admit that the sheer size of it is daunting, especially considering that my grammar-perfectionist brain is silently suffer-struggling against the writing. Maybe if I didn’t know more about English language rules than I probably do about my native language ... maybe not. I’m not far enough along to say anything substantial about the book or the series apart from mentioning that the style is definitely something of an acquired taste and that the idea puts an interesting spin on the dystopian theme. (I also realise that I’m somewhat late to the party as the first book was published in 2008 and already received a bunch of prizes.)

Let me know if you have read the Chaos Walking trilogy and what you thought about it. And let’s hear about your teasers in the comments.


Vonnie R said...

You're not the only one who's late. My copy has been dusting away in my pile still waiting for me to read it.


Anonymous said...

didn't realise this was a part of a trilogy? I've heard mixed reaction to this though and I've still not pick it up either.

Here's my TT: http://tiensblurb.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/teaser-tuesdays-the-yearning/

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

I really enjoyed this series!! So unique and different. http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/2014/01/teaser-tuesday-21.html

Karen and Gerard said...

Good teasers, I like the first one best. Here's ours: http://www.ourstack.blogspot.com/2014/01/tuesday-teasers-four-this-week.html

Beth F said...

I started reading this and also had trouble with the writing style. I plan to someday listen to the audiobooks

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome series! I admit that it took me a couple tries to get into it due to the lingo, but the third time was the charm. Once you get into the "guts" of the book, you will literally blow right through them! Great teasers BTW!

Here's Ours:


Nise' said...

I loved this series and recommend it.

Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

I haven't heard of this one before. Here is mine.

Kero Sunshine said...

This book sounds intriguing. I really like the second teaser.
Here's my teaser.

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