The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Contributed by Carey Speaks
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Chapter 1

The chapter begins with Todd Hewitt walking around in the swamp with his dog. Todd had been sent to the swamp in search of apples for his foster fa...

Chapter 2

Todd says his name repeatedly to calm himself and hide the news about the Quiet from his Noise. He reveals that people do not go ...

Chapter 3

Cillian confronts Ben for not working hard around the farm and for Manchee’s thoughts about the Quiet. Cillian and Ben were Todd’s ado...

Chapter 4

Cillian and Ben are worried about Todd’s safety in the town and plan to sneak him out. Todd is confused about their concern — he’s unsure whe...

Chapter 5

Todd id escorted by Ben to the river and informed about the contents in his bag. He is given a knife for protection. To convince him not to come ba...

Chapter 6

Todd and Manchee, run towards the river while thinking about what could be happening at the farm. Todd holds the knife and as they move, he instruc...

Chapter 7

Todd and Manchee kept staring at the girl. They are unsure of what to do because she does not have any Noise. Todd notices that the girl d...

Chapter 8

Aaron catches up with Todd, Manchee, and the girl. Right away, Todd notices the injuries on Aaron’s face and thinks about how he survived the cro...

Chapter 9

Todd and the girl continue running. Todd is still in pain and keeps thinking of what could have happened to Ben and Cillian. He shows the girl the ...

Chapter 10

The girl emerges from the shipwreck carrying a bag and starts a campfire to keep them warm. She offers Todd food, which he eats without considering...

Chapter 11

Todd tries to convince the girl not to listen to his Noise, but she ends up running from him in fear. He shouts at her wondering why she d...

Chapter 12

Todd realizes that other men including the Mayor’s son and Aaron accompany the Mayor. He blames himself for not being able to kill Aaron when he ...

Chapter 13

Todd notices the difference between Viola’s accent and that of Prentisstown's people. When they rest, Viola offers Todd bandages to cover his wou...

Chapter 14

Manchee starts barking, alerting Todd to an older woman holding a gun that is pointing right at them. Todd tells the old woman that he will be in m...

Chapter 15

Todd meets Tam, Hildy’s husband. Todd learns that the Noise does not kill all women which does not make sense to him based on what he le...

Chapter 16

Over dinner, Tam and Hildy explain to Todd the process of traveling from space, and he wonders why people would put themselves through such difficu...

Chapter 17

Matthew, the son of the former Mayor in Prentisstown who fled the town and currently lives in Farbranch, tells Hildy that Farbranch law does not al...

Chapter 18

Francia invites the group into her house despite her concerns about the army gathering at the riverside. She insists that if they plan to stay at F...

Chapter 19

Matthew advances towards Todd with his machete and Todd tries to protect himself with his knife. Mathew then narrates to Todd the death of his moth...

Chapter 20

Viola questions Todd about the men and he explains to her that the army must comprise of every man in Prentisstown. They notice the men shooting do...

Chapter 21

Todd and Viola are tired when they hear the sound of running water. Todd finally lets Viola read the book, which reveals that the Mayor was plannin...

Chapter 22

When Wilf states, “Ain’t nobody listen to Wilf,” he confirms Viola and Todd's suspicion about his ignorance and lack of intelligence. It also...

Chapter 23

Todd and Viola notice approaching hoof sounds and begin running again after realizing it is Mr. Prentiss Jr.’s horse. Mr. Prentiss Jr. has been h...

Chapter 24

Todd experiences a feeling of self-loathing because of his inability to kill Mr. Prentiss Jr. when he had the opportunity. Viola electrocutes Mr. P...

Chapter 25

The presence of the Spackle does not make sense to Todd because he believes that they are supposed to be dead. The Spackle feels fear and Todd atta...

Chapter 26

Todd’s thoughts are mixed up. Manchee wakes him up, Viola is gone, and Todd realizes that he has a knife on his back, which was blocked from reac...

Chapter 27

Todd realizes that the road Manchee led him too is the same route he was supposed to take with Viola on their way to Haven. Todd and Manchee hear <...

Chapter 28

Todd begins babbling when Wilf wakes him up. Wilf remembers him and realizes that they lied to him about their names. He introduces the woman next ...

Chapter 29

Manchee can trace Viola’s scent and gets Todd back on the right track. Todd, however, realizes that his fever has not subsided and that he should...

Chapter 30

Todd’s hallucinations increased and included a crowd of people who are looking at him. A boy resembling Todd asks him whether he and Manchee can ...

Chapter 31

As Todd figures out how to steer the boat, his plan is revealed to the reader. He looks at his knife noticing that it is still covered by blood. Hi...

Chapter 32

Todd wakes up in a bright room with Viola sleeping in a chair near him. She explains to him that they are in a different settlement, Carbonel Downs...

Chapter 33

As Todd and Viola go to the kitchen to find food, there is loud music playing which helps men to keep their thoughts to themselves. Viola points ou...

Chapter 34

Todd finds Ben and realizes that Cillian died in a fire at their farm. Ben cannot accompany Todd because like other Prentisstown men, the settlers ...

Chapter 35

Todd informs Dr. Snow and his men that Ben is his father. He also defends Viola when they comment about her being stupid, telling them that she des...

Chapter 36

Todd, Viola, and Ben start running to escape the army. When they reach the settlement, Ben tells Todd and Viola the truth about the Spackles. They ...

Chapter 37

Todd cannot stand life’s cruelty. Viola reminds him that she lost both her parents and he is her only family now. When they stop for a drink of w...

Chapter 38

Viola begins reading the book and informs Todd that the town was built far away from the rest of the settlements because Mr. Prentiss convinced had...

Chapter 39

Todd and Viola realize that the new settlement they have reached is filled with rapids. Viola points out that ideally, the city would be located at...

Chapter 40

As they get closer, Todd and Viola see that Aaron is missing his nose. He starts firing gunshots towards them and Viola falls. Todd runs after her ...

Chapter 41

When Aaron appears, Todd warns him to put his gun down. Todd realizes that Aaron is the sacrifice, as the only way for him to become a man in his t...

Chapter 42

Viola begins shaking with the realization that she has killed Aaron. As Todd calms her down, Mr. Prentiss appears and shoots Viola in the stomach. ...

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