- Published: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2008.
- Year Published: 2008
- Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
- Description: 479 p.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 860
- 9780763639310 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- 0763639311 (hardcover : alk. paper)
- Science fiction.
- Social problems -- Fiction.
- Telepathy -- Fiction.
- Human-animal communication -- Fiction.
- Space colonies -- Fiction.
- JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction
- JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Violence
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The knife of never letting go
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Call number: Teen Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown Teen, 1st Floor
Pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old World.
The whole universe that the author creates is fascinating and nuanced. I love the idea that the planet was settled, but that the original plans were scrapped in favor of having to do what made sense. But we get a sense of how different this is because of... well, another character who comes into the story and expects a different level of development to exist. It's a great juxtaposition. This would be a great book to read with a young reader and have a discussion about. I'll wait a couple of years with Alex, because there are some losses that feel like a little too much for him, but in another couple of years (maybe 13 yo), it'll be great.
I wasn't surprised by most of the things that were the "big reveals" in the last few chapters, but it was a YA book, and I do have an adult lifetime of reading. They were still well done.
The one thing I personally absolutely cannot stand is that the book ends with a chapter-ending-type cliffhanger. That appalls me. Let the book be the book. It's fine if it's clear that there will be more to the story, but at least wrap up this piece. I knocked it down an entire star just for that.
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