After reading A Monster Calls back in October, I knew I wanted to get my hands on more novels by Patrick Ness. I had no idea what I was getting myself into! The Knife of Never Letting Go is a roller coaster ride with little chance to catch your breath. There were a few times I was actually physically tired because of what was going on in the story. Don't plan on reading this one for a few minutes before bed. You won't be able to put it down.
Easy comparisons to The Hunger Games and the Divergent series can be made, but Knife is a unique and creative dystopian novel with a bit more sci-fi than these others. It's gritty, dark, and intense, but holds just enough hope and optimism to keep the reader totally off-balance. The ending is a merciless cliffhanger, so I'm really glad I already own the rest of the series. You will not want to let go of this novel or the characters you meet.
5/5 stars for The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness