Choices of a Knife

This week’s RTW over at YA Highway is… What’s the best book you’ve read in August?

To make this easier, I’m assuming they mean this August, and not just any August ever.

So, yeah.

It feels like I’ve been meaning to read The Knife of Never Letting Go for ages.  Realistically, I think it’s been about a year since I read about it and thought it sounded interesting, but for some reason I kept forgetting about it.


This book was amazing.  I laughed, I cried, and just generally loved it.  So much so that I recounted the whole story to my long-suffering husband, with great detail.  At one point, I even teared up as I recounted it all.  He made so much fun of me.

Anyway, it’s about a society in which all of the women have died and you can hear everyone’s thoughts.  Including animals.  Todd is a month away from becoming a man, and as is typical of fiction, things go awry.  Lots of things.  It’s a crazy, page-turning story, but I don’t want to give anything away in case people haven’t read it yet.

Seriously.  Read it.  I’m working on securing the second book so I can rip through that one as well.

Also, this book has one of the best first lines ever:  “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say.”  Ah, Manchee.  Easily one of my favorite characters in all of YA lit.

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  1. kate scott says:

    I just read this book like two days ago. I picked it up because I saw that sentance in a list of great opening lines somewhere and was floored. And you’re right, Crystal, the second third and so on lines are all just as great. This is a wonderful book.

    • Crystal says:

      Yeah, the premise doesn’t even do it justice. There’s just so much crazy that goes on and it’s impossible to explain much of it without giving things away.

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