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Between Shades of Gray- Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of GrayNote: this is NOT the same book as Fifty Shades of Gray (NB from now on it will simply be known as “the other one” as I don’t want evil words cluttering up this blog) :P. You won’t believe how many people got freaked out when they saw me reading a book with “Shades of Gray” on the title. But believe me, this book is amazing.
This one is written well, and has no bad scenes in it whatsoever, compared to the other one.
It is one of the best books I have ever read.

Summary
It’s set in the past during WW2. Unlike other books though, this is about Russia or more specifically Lithuania rather than the holocaust.
It follows a girl called Lina, who has been deported with her mother and brother for being “criminals”. And their father isn’t with them.
They get shoved onto a truck and taken to a train station where these men try to separate her brother from them, and so their mum bribes them; the quote is below (the one about the pocket-watch). They then get taken on a long train journey and during stops Lina, her brother and this guy called Andrius try to find their fathers. And they do (at least Lina’s). And he gives them a piece of ham and tells Lina to send him drawings to help find them. Then they arrive at a farming place, where they are forced to farm and stuff. And something happens to Andrius’ mum… ;(
Then they get deported again…
Oh and because it’s a YA book. Of course Andrius and Lina fall in love. But its the cute type rather than the urgh and horrible type.

Cons
NONE

Pros
I love the cover
It symbolises everything the book stands for. And the shoot represents Lina. A person full of hope when everything around her is bleak and deadly.
Wow. Poetic I know. 😉

I love the title
It just goes onto so many levels… ;( It doesn’t just been the colour gray, and to do with drawing and painting and Lina, and oh the watercolour ash. Also the place where they were in, between snow and snow and snow and grays. And gray kinda means depressing doesn’t it? Oh yeah, and the gray people (NB. not zombies)

The Characters
There are too many to write about, and they all deserve their own little word:
Lina: She was awesome. I loved her. I loved how she always kept hope, she in a way reminded me of Viola from the New World, when she finally takes her mother’s hope. I loved her relationships between all the characters, especially all her family and Andruis. Though at times I wanted to punch her, such as when she was being “selfish” from Andrius, but I really loved her for her imperfections because it just made her more human than just a character in a book, which then just made it sadder and sadder because THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED ;(
Andrius: He was awesome. I loved him. He and Lina suited each other so well, and in a way I’m glad they weren’t all gooey and “I love you”, because it wouldn’t have been like that in real life. There was a point though when my heart literally broke for him, when you know… his mum… ;( and suicide and stuff… It hurt inside.
Jonas: Best. Little. Brother. Ever.
The mother: She was just such a good mother, and her relationship between her and her husband was so good. I loved how she always saw the good side of everyone, it was a nice contrast.
The dad: I felt like I actually knew him really well, even though we actually only met him once. The memories of him were just so heartbreaking and sad… ;(
All the other characters with their lives and stuff ;( including everyone who died.

Lina’s drawings
So clever. But it was sad because it was quite idealistic that it would ever arrive… ;(

The writing style
It’s just beautiful. Every little detail represented something. Like all of the characters who were mentioned once, and never again, they all represented something. And the description was amazing and so poetic and urg… it makes me want to reread it all over again despite the heartwrenchingness of it.
I also liked how she split the book so at the end or in the middle of chapters there were the memories of the past.

The ending ;(
I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
Yeah I guess if I just looked at the ending, it was a happy ending, but once I read the manuscript details… 12YEARS. ;(

Real. Life. 
This stuff happened in real life. Parts of it were real accountants of people there. It makes me feel cold and numb inside. How can people really be that horrible?

Favourite Quotes

  • “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother’s was worth a pocket watch.”
  • “Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.”
  • “November 20. Andrius’s birthday. I had counted the days carefully. I wished him a happy birthday when I woke and thought about him while hauling logs during the day. At night, I sat by the light of the stove, reading Dombey and Son. Krasivaya. I still hadn’t found the word. Maybe I’d find it if I jumped ahead. I flipped through some of the pages. A marking caught my eye. I leafed backward. Something was written in pencil in the margin of 278.
    Hello, Lina. You’ve gotten to page 278. That’s pretty good!
    I gasped, then pretend I was engrossed in the book. I looked at Andrius’s handwriting  I ran my finger over this elongated letters in my name. Were there more? I knew I should read onward. I couldn’t wait. I turned though the pages carefully, scanning the margins.
    Page 300:
    Are you really on page 300 or are you skipping ahead now?
    I had to stifle my laughter.
    Page 322:
    Dombey and Son is boring. Admit it.
    Page 364:
    I’m thinking of you.
    Page 412:
    Are you maybe thinking of me?
    I closed my eyes.
    Yes, I’m thinking of you. Happy birthday, Andrius.” (NB. Sorry for the long quote, but I just love it so much!)
  • “We’d been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.”
  • “I shut the bathroom door and caught sight of my face in the mirror. I had no idea how quickly it was to change, to fade. If I had, I would have stared at my reflection, memorizing it. It was the last time I would look into a real mirror for more than a decade.”
  • “I planted a seed of hatred in my heart. I swore it would grow to be a massive tree whose roots would strangle them all.”
  • “No. Don’t be scared. Don’t give them anything Lina, not even your fear.”
  • “Krasivaya. It means beautiful, but with strength. Unique.”

Summary
Are you joking? 5 shuriken stars. No doubt about it. You have no idea how much self control it takes to not put caps lock on now and scream for everyone to read it! So please, to avoid me screaming and hugging and god knows what else, READ IT. (Sorry couldn’t help myself…)

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Unwholly- Neal Shusterman

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)OMG THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AWESOME. BUT THE ENDING NEARLY KILLED ME. (Note, if you have any thoughts of suicide, don’t read this book.)
I have no idea how to put what I am feeling now into words.

I guess I’ll just stick to blunt statements.

It was better than Unwind, if that is possible (even though I had doubts about it).

It kept me up till 2am last night, because my mind was racing all through it after reading it a few hours earlier… (which isn’t really good, because I had a exam today that I um… well… yeah…)

My heart broke.
Multiple times.
Neal Shusterman is crueller than Markus Zusak. (even though Weishi will kill me for saying this)
I HATE HIM FOR WRITING THIS BOOK, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I LOVE HIM FOR WRITING IT.

AND NOW WE HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST A WHOLE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK TO COME OUT. A. WHOLE. YEAR. (but please don’t let it be five years….)

;(
^ that just about sums up the entire book. ;(

(but don’t get me wrong, there were some happy parts… yeah… just some…)

There’s a funny story about this book actually:
Every day I was counting the days till it is released in the UK, and yesterday I was coincidently at the book store, when, GUESS WHAT? I SAW UNWHOLLY!!!!! SO then naturally I did a happy dance in the middle of the bookstore, and ran, actually sprinted to the till (Yes I got a few weird looks… BUT OMG IT WAS SO SO SO SO WORTH IT-at this point, EVERY SECOND MATTERS). I then sprinted home, well… if you can sprint on a bike, and I made record time. So next time I’m racing or whatever, just tell me Unwholly or Mark of Athena (OMG A WEEK!!!) or any other good book is at the other end, I can guarantee I will win that race. When I was home I was literally having a heart attack, and when asked by my brother what’s wrong I could only squeal and jump up and down whilst waving my rucksack frantically back and forth (.. I had forgotten to take out the book). So then, of course I started reading the book, hiding out in my room, so I wouldn’t get disapproving looks from my mum saying stuff like “Don’t you have an exam tomorrow?”

Summary
I AM SO WORRIED THAT IF I GIVE A PROPER SUMMARY I WILL SPOIL THINGS, IT TOOK ALL MY WILL (and the fact that I don’t want to be murdered), NOT TO SPOIL AND RANT ABOUT IT ALL AT SCHOOL TODAY. THE ENDING WAS WORSE THAN MONSTERS OF MEN (kinda…). IT BROUGHT ME ON THE VERGE OF BREAKING DOWN.
So I’m just going to copy the blurb off goodreads then add my own comments below, I don’t really want to be murdered again. (Yes, that is correct, I can resurrect) 😉

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

Connor: throughout the book he struggles to cope with the responsibility of managing all the unwinds or whollies, as they are now known as. There is a moment in the book that I feel so sorry for him that makes me want to crumble… ;(
Risa: She does something unthinkable. Then it becomes thinkable.
Lev: OMG I LOVE LEV. IN UNWIND AND IN UNWHOLLY. I mean, how can you criticise a guy who turns his blood explosive? Well, yeah, he plays another part in the story, and he does something at the end which I seriously don’t understand… And he meets a girl… but I dunno how far their relationship will progress (if at all in the next book)
Starkey: I WANT TO STRANGLE THAT GUY. At first I admit… I liked him. BUT at the end of the first chapter I wanted to TEAR HIS THROAT OUT.
Cam: ;(
Trace: MY FAVOURITE CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK. I SERIOUSLY CAN’T SAY ANY MORE THAN THAT OR I WILL BE ONCE AGAIN MURDERED. 😉

Cons
um… ARE YOU CRAZY?!

Pros (that’s more like it…)
THE ENDING
I have to stop typing in capitals…. (just imagine the rest in capitals, and imagine me screaming and shouting it):
I have no idea whether this should be in the Cons or in the Pros. it was just so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so good, but so heart breaking, and so crushing. after reading it I just slumped. I killed me so much. I could never had seen it coming. at one point I thought one character was bad, then another character was good, but oh then they all turn out to be the other way round. just this one small detail really really killed me though (note. the names that follow are based on real people in the book, but i have used a different name to avoid any spoilers) (and sorry in advance for the caps, i really really just need to let it out) LUKE THOUGHT GEORGE WAS A TRAITOR BUT HE WASN’T AND  HE MIGHT NEVER EVER FIND OUT COZ OF STUPID JUNE AND STUPID ADAM. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT ADAM JUST LET GEORGE DIE. AFTER EVERYTHING HE DID FOR HIM. I am on the verge of re-breaking down again… ;(

Lev
Yes. He deserves his own little paragraph. HE WAS AWESOME. I liked him the the first book, and I loved him in this book. But there’s just one thing that I didn’t get about his story; how can a sofa be a better cover than a wall? So yeah, he was awesome. I loved how he progressed through the books; Unwind, Unstrung and Unwholly. How at the very beginning of Unwind, he was just this innocent kid who would always do things according to the book, and then at the end of Unwholly just to be someone who lives their life on the spur of the moment.

Wil
WIL ;( WIL ;( Yeah, he kinda gets mentioned in this book, but only if you have read Unstrung will you be able to understand it.- they never actually mention his name… I just wish… Una… I really really really hope that she comes in in the next book, or at least sometime… SHE HAS TO HEAR HIS MUSIC ONE FINAL TIME.

Cam
Yeah, he’s also a special character who gets his own paragraph. It was so cool watching him progress. Like from a baby to a mature teenager. But it also brought up some philosophical questions; how can you exist, but not exist at the same time?, is Cam actually a person? etc. I did hate him at one part for trying to replace Joseph though (again, code name, but not necessary a new character)

Trace
I just wanted to put his name there. but seriously guys, i cannot write about him.

Twists
Yeah, I know twists happen in all good books… but this was unique, exceptional. Nothing on earth quite like it. The came out of nowhere, well not quite nowhere, otherwise this would be in the cons. They just aren’t predictable, but they can be logical.

All Emotions Possible
At times I wanted to tear the book out, and scream in frustration, at other times I just hugged the book. I felt all the emotions that I could possibly feel in the course of a couple hours. And I’m not just saying that coz I love the book. I’m saying that because it is the cold hard truth.

Plots, Plots, Plots, Plots…
Yes, I am talking about the evil man, lets call him Rudolf (not that Rudolf is evil or anything, he’s actually my favourite reindeer- I used to always leave carrots for him at Christmas :P). He was smart. I’ll give him that. Smart and evil. He used to be good. But then he became evil. ………. I’m just going to give up and say (spoiler alert- but it happens in our first meeting of him so I don’t know if it counts really as a spoiler): Rudolf is Nelson. Nelson is the guy who Conner shot with his own trank gun in Unwind. Nelson gets fired. He becomes a parts pirate. :O And some other stuff happens… But he is so so so so so so smart. But ironically even though getting his own gun turned against him lost him his job, he never actually learnt from his mistake. 😛 But in all seriousness, he is one of the best villains ever. If I ever became a evil guy, he would be one of my first choices, but that would be flattering myself because I can’t plot as well as he can. 😛

Favourite Quotes: 

  • “Words don’t hurt you.” Which is one of the hugest criminal lies perpetrated by adults against children in this world. Because words hurt more than any physical pain”
  • “All this time, Lev ever realized what he needed. He did not need to be adored or pitied. He needed to be forgiven. Not by God, who is all forgiving. Not by people like Marcus and Pastor Dan, who would always stand by his side. He needed to be forgiven by an unforgiving world”
  • “I have no idea,’ he tells her, and there is such a spark in his eye when he says it, she can tell having no idea is exactly the way he wants it.”
  • “We want what you no longer want.”
  • “The eternally sleeping princess, thinks Cam. But I shall free you from those poisoned brambles that surround your heart. And then you will have no choice but to love me.”
  • “Either things happen for a reason, or they happen for no reason at all. Either one’s life is a thread in a glorious tapestry or humanity is just a hopelessly tangled knot.”
  • “He only wishes there were something that would heal the scars in his mind, which he can still feel. He sees his mind now as an archipelago of islands that he labors to build bridges between – and while he’s had great success engineering the most spectacular of bridges, he suspects there are some islands that he’ll never reach.”

Summary
Do you even need to ask? 5 SHURIKEN STARS. NO QUESTION. BEST BOOK IN A WEEK. BEST BOOK IN A MONTH. BEST BOOK IN A YEAR (Sorry, can’t go further than that)

The New World- Patrick Ness

The New World (Chaos Walking, #0.5)Because this is a short story this is going to be a short review! (I feel like such a rebel, starting a sentence with because! :D). This book is the short story prequel to the chaos walking series, by Patrick Ness (which if you haven’t read my review for those books THEY ARE AMAZING!!!! THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!)
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THOSE BOOKS READ THEM NOW!!! STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THE SERIES!!!
OK. My rant is over! Actually… maybe not quite… I will probably ramble a bit over this review! To be completely honest, I’m really not sure how I’m going to write this review… so again, I’ll probably ramble… I think I’m rambling now…
Anyway, as I said, this book is the prequel to the Knife of Never Letting Go and that series, it is a really short story, and I think, it can be found on Patrick Ness’ website!- I’ll put in a link at the end of this review! I personally would recommend you to read this book after reading the Knife of Never Letting Go, as after you have read that book, you kinda get a bond with the characters, so the book just seems so much better, and so much more heart- wrenching… 😦

Summary
This short story is about Viola, in the scout ship and the settler ship… It basically tells her story from her departure from the settler ship to when she crashlands! (This is probably why you need to read the Knife of Never Letting Go first, otherwise you will have no idea who these people are…). It focuses on her and her parents and also a little on her settler life; including Bradley!!! (HE IS AWESOME!!!). And as you know… the scout ship crashes… so her parents die 😦 and it is just so sad!!!, because of the way Viola treated them, just before they died… But anyway, I’ll let you find the rest out for yourselves!

Favourite Quotes!

  • “‘Fire,’ he said. ‘The ability to make fire at will. It allowed us light to see in the darkness, warmth against the cold, a tool to cook our food.’ He gestured vaguely in the direction of the Delta’s engines. ‘Fire is what eventually led to travel across the black beyond, the ability to
    start a new life on a New World.’”
  • “Hope. That’s all anyone ever talked about on the convoy, especially as we got closer. Hope, hope, hope.”
  • “‘I’ll take it,’ I say. ‘I’ll take your hope. I’ve got it, okay? Mum?’
    But I don’t know if she hears me-
    Because her hand isn’t gripping back any more.”
  • “Start it to give a light against the darkness”
  • “And so I sit in front of Bradley’s fire, on the surface of a dark, dark planet, and I have their hope, if not any of mine.Except the hope that it’ll be enough.”
Overall
What can I say? Only to read this book and this series; because IT IS AMAZING!!! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!! AMAZING!!! If you still need to ask; 5 shuriken stars! I would however, recommend you to read this short story after you have read the Knife of Never Letting Go, as it may not make too much sense otherwise… but it doesn’t matter too much whether you read this book after or before the other books in the series! You just need to read this book sometime in your life; or YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE! 😀

The New World: PDF file:
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/usr/library/documents/short-stories/the_new_world.pdf

Rot and Ruin – Jonathan Maberry

Rot & RuinI LOVE THIS BOOK! IT IS AMAZING! IT’S ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVOURITES! I LOVE THE CHARACTERS AND THE PLOT AND THE WRITING STYLE, AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING!

Ok, I’ll try to stop ranting… But OH MY GOD THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!

Summary
One of the best books in the world. (I was so tempted to leave it at just that.)

It follows the story of Benny Imura who survived the zombie apocalypse. He lives in a small town which belongs to a group of towns called the Mountainside (for obvious reasons). have to find a part time job, and he ends up having to do a job with his older brother, Tom, who he hates. The book basically talks about how zombies are people too so it’s wrong to mistreat them – you wouldn’t mistreat a corpse, and zombies are a type of corpse, only they’re half alive.

Cons
THERE AREN’T ANY CONS… except that the beginning was quite slow… BUT OTHER THAN THAT THERE AREN’T ANY.

Pros

The Characters
TOM – I love him, he’s so awesome! He is so sweet when someone dies, and he’s a good brother. (I know my brother wouldn’t ever do any of the things that he did for Benny)
Benny: He is so funny because he is sometimes so idiotic.
Nix: I don’t actually like her that much. She’s just so needy and she always blames stuff on other people, but I found it interesting watching her develop and becoming tougher and stronger. It’s amazing at the end, that after all she has been though she still is half sane.
Charlie: HE IS PURE EVIL. But to be fair, he is smart – in fact I actually admire his smartness,especially with his traps. He is also very ruthless.
Lilah: She is so cool! I cannot believe that she was able to survive for so long just on her own! It must have been a really lonely life and I feel really sorry for her 😦

The Plot
It was so breathtaking and awesome that I was overwhelmed.

The Quotes
I know this is quite a small point, but I felt that it deserved to be mentioned. I loved the quotes that separated each of the different sections of the book, One that I really liked was the last one:

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air… but only for one second without hope.” – Hal Lindsey

It suited the book so well and it was really sweet and inspirational.

Favourite Quotes! 

  •  “There are moments that define a person’s whole life. Moments in which everything they are and everything they may possibly become balance on a single decision. Life and death, hope and despair, victory and failure teeter precariously on the decision made at that moment. These are moments ungoverned by happenstance, untroubled by luck. These are the moments in which a person earns the right to live, or not.”
  • “Closure isn’t closure until someone’s ready to close the door”
  • “Often it was the most unlikely people who found within themselves a spark of something greater. It was probably always there, but most people are never tested, and they go through their whole lives without ever knowing that when things are at their worst, they are at their best.”
  • “They won the war but lost the peace”
  • “That’s stupid.”
    “That’s people”
  • “We had the whole ‘when you assume you make an ass out of you and me’ speech in school”
  • “Language”

Overall
Overall THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! IT IS THE BEST ZOMBIE BOOK EVER! The concept of it really twists and turns your mind. It is easily 5 shuriken stars. As I don’t want this review to be all about me ranting, if you want to take anything away from this review you should take this: GO BUY A COPY OF THIS BOOK! 😀

The Ask and The Answer- Patrick Ness

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)WARNING! THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM THE PREVIOUS BOOKS.

After I read the first book in this series I just couldn’t wait for the sequel to come out (I read this book ages ago). Now I have (obviously) read the book and IT IS AMAZING! This book is the second of a trilogy called Chaos Walking, by the amazing author, Patrick Ness. You can find the other reviews for the first and third book, as well as the prequel, all on this blog.

SPOILER ALERT!

Viola lives. Sorry I had to say that, but there was no way I could write this review without telling you that. There was so much action and I love how Patrick Ness made us feel so emotionally attached to Todd and Viola. When they were sad, I was sad. When they were happy, I was happy. Yeah, I know, it probably sounds strange.

Anyway… enough of me ranting about how good this book is…

Summary
Basically, the book starts right where the last book ends – with Todd and a dying Viola in the Mayor’s evil clutches. They are immediately separated and then forced to survive and live in New Prentisstown (formally known as Haven). They are both locked up because THE MAYOR IS PURE EVIL and they eventually adopt to the ways of living in New Prentisstown. But anyway… the main part focuses on a group of people called the Answer (hint the title!) and well… I don’t think I’m spoiling anything here; they start dropping BOMBS!! dum dum dum!!! I won’t say any more… just in case I say something that may spoil the book… 😀

Cons
None.

Pros

The twists were so unexpected because Patrick Ness killed off so many people. 😥 And he killed them off right when I began to like them. Sometimes I felt like screaming aloud and shouting at Patrick Ness “WHY? WHY DID YOU KILL HIM/HER?”. But I guess killing off the characters just makes the book better and more enjoyable. Actually, maybe thoughtful or heart-wrenching would be better descriptions, as the book emotionally wrecked me. The characters developed from the start to the end, and it was so sweet and so interesting watching them grow as people. Just to say to you readers out there about this book: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED! I’ve always wanted to say that. 😛

Two Viewpoints
I loved how this time we also got to see Viola’s viewpoint, because we don’t know her that well through the first book, like her thoughts, views, etc. I felt that this time we got to know her better, so to me, she seemed more real. And well, Todd’s viewpoint, well Todd is just Todd, he’s just sooo cool!!! This time, we still saw how much he developed, I really liked how his friendship with Davy grew and how he was always thinking about Viola- even though he only knew her for a little while! He is just AMAZING!

Characters
THEY WERE ALL REALLY LIKEABLE! (sans the Mayor) Todd and Viola were MIND-BOGGLING (Is that a word? Who cares, it sounds cool! :D). Wilf was so funny! Davy… Well, really hated him in the first book – I thought he was as bad as the Mayor, but in this book I began to like him. He started turning really nice and he was a good friend to Todd. I would say more, but it would be a spoiler that I think I probably shouldn’t spoil. 😀 Also I think I should probably mention Lee. He was sweet and I liked him, but sometimes I felt for screaming at him for almost getting in the way of Todd and Viola. I think it’s good though that Patrick Ness didn’t make it so that the love triangle between Todd, Viola and Lee took over the whole book. I should also briefly mention the Spackle. They were so cool. Especially 1017, but at times, I really didn’t like him. I respect the Mayor, but he is an EVIL, EVIL man, and some of the stuff that he did was unimaginable. Another person that I respected but I didn’t like was Mistress Coyle. She was too stubborn. And at the end! The end!

Quotes

  • “They treat me as if I’m a little dangerous.
    I’m slightly surprised to find I kind of like it”
  • “It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.
    It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.
    It’s not a weakness.
    It’s your best strength.”
  • “How do you know yer alive if you don’t hurt?”
  • “Yer the only friend I got, pigpiss… Ain’t that the biggest tragedy you ever heard?”
  • VIOLA
  • “We can save the world,” I say, trying to smile. “You and me.”

Overall
I absolutely loved this book. 5 shuriken stars, easily!

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)THIS. BOOK.

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

THERE IS NOTHING ON THIS EARTH QUITE LIKE IT. IT HAS LEFT ME STUNNED AND SPEECHLESS.

DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ, OR EVER WILL READ.

I found this book in the bookshop one day and I thought it looked interesting. As you can tell from the stuff above, I enjoyed it. A lot.

This book is by the awesome author, Patrick Ness. It is also the first book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, of which the second and third have also been reviewed, as well as the companion novella. This book, to quote from the Sunday Telegraph was “Furiously paced, terrifying, exhilarating and heartbreaking”. I agree with that, whole-heartedly.

 

Summary
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I am so tempted just write that for the summary, however, because I am a nice person, I will tell you some other aspects, so you can be sure that you will love this series.

This book is set in the future, when global warming has killed the earth (I think…), so people fly out to another planet and start their lives there. However, there is this illness called the “Noise germ” which projects all of your thoughts, so everybody can hear them. This book is narrated by a boy called Todd, who is the son of one of the settlers. He lives in a town called Prentisstown, which is town with only men in it. The book is basically about Todd who is on the run, because the town has been lying to him about some pretty big stuff. He runs away with his dog and “the hole in the noise” from the Prentisstown army and this CRAZY, LUNATIC PSYCHOPATHIC GUY CALLED AARON.

Cons
I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THERE ARE ANY CONS.

Pros
I LOVE THE CHARACTERS
The characters are amazing. Everything in this book is amazing. I don’t know how you could describe them. Todd and Viola just have this connection between them, I don’t know how to explain it. If I ever go to a weird planet where everything talks in its mind then I want to be like them. We see their characters develop throughout the book and there are some scenes with just the two of them that are incredibly heart-wrenching and sweet, though not overly romantic (seriously, I don’t do romantic books).

(This is Weishi trying to explain how she thinks the characters develop, but Yanni can just delete this if she wants to. Weishi apologises for bursting in on Yanni’s review without permission. Weishi is the other person who writes on this blog, if you don’t already know. She says “hi”, gives you a free hug, and wishes to stop talking in third person.) Todd has an innocence and naivety about him that slowly get eroded away by the hard situations that he has to deal with. He becomes colder, angrier and more desperate, until his only beacon of hope becomes Viola. Viola starts out as nervous and afraid, but brave. Her struggles result to her becoming more jaded and determined, but also more open towards the people she trusts.

Manchee
He is, undoubtedly, my favourite character in this book, perhaps in any book ever.  He is so awesome and loyal that I think he deserves his own little paragraph (there is no greater honour!). Patrick Ness writes him in a way that almost seems real – as in if I had a dog I could actually imagine it running around yelling in its mind “POO”.

Plot
I LOVED THE PLOT. IT WAS SO FAST PACED AND JUST AMAZING! I won’t say any more in case I accidentally spoil something!

The Beginning and the End
The beginning got me hooked straight away: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”.

So many questions were racing through my head: “How the hell can a dog talk?”, “Who are these people?” and “Why does the narrator talk funny?”. But rest assured all of these questions have now been answered, and now I’m in a state of peace! 😀 Actually,no, that’s not true because of the ENDING of this book. An amazing cliffhanger.

Quotes (I had so many quotes that I had to cut down)

  •  “When luck ain’t with you it’s against you”
  • “He’s a woman.
    He’s a grown woman.
    He’s a old woman.”
  • “you can eff off, too,” I say, except I don’t say eff, I say what ‘eff’ stands for”
  • “You starting to feel hope yet?” Viola asks, her voice curious.
    “No,” I say, fuddling my noise. “You?”
    Her eyebrows are up but she shakes her head. “No, No.”
    “But we’re going anyway.”
    “Oh, yeah,” Viola says. “Hell or high water.”
    “It’ll probably be both,” I say.”
  • “I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”
  • “Poo. Poo, Todd.”

Overall
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

I URGE ALL OF YOU WHO HAVEN’T READ THIS TO READ IT.

YOUR LIFE WILL NOT BE COMPLETE WITHOUT IT.

This book is my favourite book out of all the books that I have ever read. I can’t imagine one being better, and I have quite a big imagination. Although I enjoyed this book, I can understand that not everybody will like it. Some people may be bothered by the grammar, or the writing style, but personally, I think that it is amazing. Without a doubt, 5 shuriken stars!