"Ness, an American living in London, had published an adult novel and a short story collection when his agent, Michelle Kass, approached Denise Johnstone-Burt, publisher of Walker Books, in 2007 with the beginning of what would become [The Knife of Never Letting Go]. "I read just the first 40 pages or so, up the point where [Todd] says, ‘It's a girl,' and I just thought it was brilliant. It was a unique voice, and so imaginative," Johnstone-Burt recalls. "I rang up the agent, but there was no more to read. That was all he had written at the time. I bought the trilogy on the strength of that.""
Knife is about Todd Hewitt, who lives in a world in which all women are dead, and the thoughts of men and animals are constantly audible as Noise.
You can maybe hate Ness because of what happened to one character in Knife. It was almost a deal-breaker for me. But I stuck around and I'm glad I did. Now I'm counting down the days until Monsters of Men: Chaos Walking: Book Three pubs on September 28. (Easy date to remember, as it's the same as the one for Girl, Stolen, although Monsters is approximately 37 kajillion times more popular).
If you haven't read this series, you should. And if you want to know more about Patrick Ness, then click here.