The Knife of Never Letting Go follows Todd as he nears his last birthday before coming a man. Todd is a colonist on a strange world, in a town populated only by men. in this town everyone can hear each others thoughts, it is near impossible to keep something hidden. But Todd finds something that turns his world up-side down and forces him to flee for his life...
I loved this book, Todd is a great character with a fantastic voice. He reads like a space cowboy (not the Steve Miller Band kind). He's fearful, angry and inquisitive and has a sidekick dog that mentions poo a lot.
The general thrust of the story is about discovery and making choices which comes with adulthood. As Todd progresses through it he learns more and more about the world and how he's been misled. How Todd reacts through the book is perfect and completely believable. There's never a point in it where Patrick Ness has been forced to make him or any other character do something out of character to progress the plot. The writing is all good but some of the scenes are brilliantly done, every characters action and emotion is perfect.
It's just brilliant. Read it.
The Knife of Never Letting Go has been around for a while and costs about six quid.