The Knife of Never Letting Go, Dystopian Literature

Topics: Government, Dictatorship, Totalitarianism Pages: 4 (1316 words) Published: November 4, 2013
The Knife of
Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness

"But a knife ain't just a thing, is it? It's a choice, it's something you do. 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." “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness, is truly, an extraordinary piece of literature. The story is about a boy named Todd, who is about to be a man, in one month’s time. Todd lives in the New Word, a world where you can hear everyone's thoughts, called The Noise. And because the world is so noisy, there are no kept secrets. So it’s a world free of lies, and secrets, Right? Todd lives in a town called Prentisstown. Where there are no Women, all men, in a town full of men’s Noise, constantly raging on, and on, even when you sleep, there’s noise, noise, noise! Sounds like enough to drive anyone insane. The only peace is out in the swamp, where it’s only the animal’s noise. Todd and his dog, Manchee, are out in the swamp one day when they come across a girl, a real girl, who goes by the name of Viola. She has no noise, she’s completely silent. “There’s a hole in the noise. Which can’t be. its WEIRD, it is, out there, hiding somewhere, in the trees, or somewhere outta sight, a spot where yer ears and yer mind are telling you there’s no noise.” {Todd half discovers Viola} Todd realizes he shouldn't have meet Viola, and the town of Prentisstown, is angry. Throughout the book, Viola and Todd are being chased. By Prentisstown, an ARMY. In this story, its up to Todd to save Viola, himself, and the other settlements, to warn them of the fast approaching army, that will soon overcome Haven, “The safe city” Its a race. GAME ON.

In the beginning, there was no government, or authority; this is an example of a(n) Anarchy. The people from their own planets, like Earth, came to “The New World” (and that’s what the planet in this story is called continuously throughout this book.) When the...
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