Yesterday, I finished reading The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking: Book One.
See how the title says "Book One"? I think that's important information for anyone thinking about reading this book. It has a lot of what I liked about The Hunger Games: dystopian future, likeable as well as truly frightening characters, action-packed plot. But, and this is kind of a big but, both books are meant to be part of a series. The Hunger Games ends at a plot point that is both satisfying and leaves you wanting more. The Knife of Letting Go ends at a cliffhanger, with the life of a main character hanging in the balance. And since it just came out in November, there will be months to wait to find out what happened. And what if the same thing happens with book two? I'm kind of tempted to wait however many years until the series is finished and I can read everything in one go.
In some ways (although the whole "let's wait to see what happened in the next book" thing isn't nearly as bad), it reminds of Stephen Donaldson's The Mirror of Her Dreams (Mordant's Need, Book 1). I threw that book across the room when I finished, because it resolved NOTHING. It was all a buildup to book two, but when I read book one, book two was a year away.
It's kind of comical, but a London tabloid columnist seems to link The Knife of Never Letting Go to her 13 yo son getting mugged. Here's a link to the article , but I wouldn't read it unless you want to know some spoilers. Here is Ness's response to this nonsense.