|The Knife of Never Letting Go|
|Genre||Young adult, science fiction|
|Publication date||May 5, 2008|
|Followed by||The Ask and the Answer|
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy written by Patrick Ness. It was published on May 5, 2008 and follows 12-year old Todd Hewitt who runs away from Prentistown after learning a of a secret regarding its past.
Todd Hewitt is the only boy left in Prentisstown, a small settlement on New World where a war with the native Spackle released a germ that killed all the women and left the remaining men the ability to hear each other's (and animals') thoughts, described as an ever-present cascade of Noise. When Todd discovers a lone patch of silence and the source: a mysterious girl named Viola Eade, they learn more about the true history of the New World together.