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The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness Note: The less you know going into this series, the better. I urge you just to try it out and experience the crazy beautifulness of it yourself. 4.5 stars “The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just Chaos Walking.” This was another one of those books that stressed me out in the best possible way. It's messed up, gory, cruel and brutally sad. But mostly, I found it fascinating. Everyone in Prentisstown can hear and see everything anyone is thinking. Just imagine that for a second. How loud it would be, how completely you’d know everyone, whether you wanted to or not. And Prentisstown is no cup of tea. It is a town of hardships and horrible pasts and angry, desperate men. Noise works both ways and all of these scary people can see and hear everything about you as well. Now try keeping a life and death secret. I just loved the concept of Noise, especially the before and after of Todd living his entire life with it, depending on it, learning to use it in both constructive and destructive ways and then being exposed to an entirely different worldview. His emotional responses to Quiet, seeing children for the first time and the Herd were particularly beautiful. Todd has never had to read body language before, he's never had to guess what someone is thinking or wonder if they are telling the truth. I loved thinking about what it would be like from both Todd and Viola’s perspectives and how difficult it would be just even learning to communicate. The plot is action-packed but there are just so many truly beautiful (and heartbreaking) moments. I thought the idea of Noise paired with fanaticism was sickeningly poignant. Again, just fascinating.If I could complain about anything, it would be that the Big Truth Reveal was withheld a tad too long for maximum suspense value. The result was that everyone but poor Todd had pretty much figured it out. Don’t get me wrong, I loved all of the checks and balances of the obstacles in place but I also wanted to smack Todd for not having someone (ahem, Viola) read the journal much sooner. And although I understand the purpose of the indestructibility of one particular villain, it was bordering on Monty Python by the end.Warning: There is an event you can pretty much see coming from the opening sentence and yes. It is BRUTAL. Also! The ending! Well crap. Good thing I have book two.Want to hear the song Ben sings? Of course you do