The Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
Contributed by Carey Speaks
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 the bottom of the rapids. The two start running towards the direction of the town. When they stop, they can tell that the city is preparing for a fight. A closer look shows them that the army is marching towards the city, but they will be able to reach there before the army. They hug and when they turn to look at the city, they see Aaron.


As evident in this statement, “…and I think how hope may be the thing that pulls you forward…but that it’s dangerous too, that it’s painful and risky” (Ness 329), hope can be a source of encouragement, and it can also be detrimental to a person’s feelings based on the outcome of an event. Todd is still hoping that Haven will be the light at the end of the tunnel and that once he and Viola get there, whoever is in charge will protect them from the army.

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