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Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go / The Ask and The Answer

Writer:Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (2008/2009)

Pages: 479/517 p

Bought at:Borders Wheelock Place (SGD 19.80)/Kinokuniya Ngee Ann City (SGD 19.80)

So I decided to just write the review of these amazing books in one post. Because honestly, there’s not much to tell. You have to read them by yourself! Otherwise, I’ll only be a spoiler and you’ll hate me for that, trust me =)

Okay.

The story is about Todd Hewitt, the last boy in his village, Prentistown. The setting is in a new planet, after the earth is too full of people and violence, and human beings started to search for other places to live. Sadly, in Prentisstown, life is not as easy as they expected. First of all, there is this Noise. Men can hear each other thoughts, in a form of this very annoying and uncomfortable Noise. There’s no secret. You can’t hide your feelings, your thoughts, wherever you go. Or so Todd was thinking. The fact is, in a month, he will turn a man. And as the last boy in Prentisstown, he will face the biggest secret and lies in his life. Is he ready for that? Or is it better to just run, alone, only accompanied with his loyal dog, Manchee, to find the truth?

Along the book, Todd meets with many kind of people and places. There’s a crazy murderer chasing him, but he also meets with several new friends, including a girl named Viola. Together they began their search for finding out what’s really going on.

In the second book, the journey continues, although Todd and Viola are separated from each other. We will see a different point of view, one is Todd’s, and the other is Viola’s. And how you love the genius way of Patrick Ness tossing things together, playing with ambiguity of the antagonists and protagonists. People who you think are good, turn out not so good after all. And people who you hate so much, turn out not too bad at all. And so on and so on.

This series is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s not that intimate like Hunger Games or as lovable as Harry Potter, but it’s very addictive. The topic is actualy quite heavy, not only action-packed, but full with many issues like feminism, terrorism, manipulation, genocide, even war and politics. But it’s still enjoyable to read. One of the greatest in Young Adult genre, particularly in dystopian area. I can’t wait to read the final book, which is already published this year.

I read this book as a part of Twenty Ten Challenge, for Bad Blogger’s category. And this is the blogger who glued me to this series.