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The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, Bk 1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go  - Patrick Ness Despite the two stars I'd still read the rest of the Chaos Walking Trilogy. I mean, I already started it and the ending was such a cliff hanger so am I going to leave it at that? I'm a curious cat. I need to know. Heh.I'm not saying this is a bad book. I don't believe there's such a thing as a bad book. I like the plot and the setting. And the story has so much potential. I said potential because the book took a turn I can't accept. Lol. The Knife of Never Letting Go got a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings and an award winning book is not an award winning book for nothing. It was just a let down for me.Before we get to that part where I reveal the reason behind the two stars, I'd like to point out a few things I didn't agree with in some of the reviews I read. The protagonist Todd. He was hard to like and I can understand why. He's a teenager. One that has raging hormones and was kept in the dark for so long. I'd get angry too what with all the responsibility, changes and everything else that comes with "becoming a man." A teenager can only take so much can he?The grammar and spelling. I am torn when it comes to this but I can generally get over it. The people (or the younger men) in Prentisstown are almost illiterate seeing as the Mayor had the books burned down. So of course they'd spell words the way they pronounce it. It can be too much at times but again, I got over it after a while.The book was also perceived as misogynist by a review. I don't think it is. The characters are. But throughout the book it was clearly suggested that it was wrong. Even the main characters Todd and Viola protests against the rule for men and women and we all know what the protagonist believes in is usually right lol. If you look at it in a different way, the virus not affecting women can even mean women are stronger and less susceptible to problems. Or it could be a representation of how men can be very readable and women unpredictable. Which I actually find funny. So why two stars? CAUTION: BIT OF A SPOILER HERE1) Aaron ... he's a human with no super powers at all. So why can't he just effing die?!! I mean seriously, this guy was first bitten by a crocodile on the shoulder and he walked away with nothing but a hole in his cheek?!? Come the eff on!!! If he'd have at least lost a limb I can accept that. But NOOOO ... he had to be bitten by a dog and have half of his face ripped off and get his head smashed by a big rock a girl can hardly lift too! And he lives! He lives! Well, he died in the end but if I see him walking around on the next couple of books I won't be surprised.2) The bottom line. As in why the whole town was going after the boy who had to run away. It was ... weak. If that was the only reason why the whole town and the mayor with the evil plan was after him that he actually had to runaway then I don't buy it. It's one of the reasons why I wanted to read the next book. I was hoping there's a little more to it that the lame excuse of a plan they have. What Todd has, if that really is the only thing he has that they need is not apocalyptic. So yea, I'm hoping there's more to it on the other Chaos Walking books. Or I'm really going to regret buying them. LOL.