Books Like The Knife Of Never Letting Go

The Knife Of Never Letting Go

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

The first book of a trilogy, this unique story tells the tale of young Todd Hewlitt who lives in a town where all the men can hear each other's thoughts and the women have long since disappeared. Their disappearance is rumored to have been caused by a germ which is also responsible for the "noise" that the men hear in each other's heads. With his trusted companion at his side (his loyal dog), Todd sets off on a journey to get answers to the secrets of his town. This action-packed novel includes a mysterious creature (a human girl), an evil minister, and a power-hungry mayor who all play major roles. Todd even encounters aliens during his travels. The emotional climax of this novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats and eager to read the next two books in the series. Though it would be difficult to find a book like The Knife of Never Letting Go, here is a list of books that share some of the same themes and feelings.

Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi

This debut YA novel from writer Bacigalupi features class wars similar to those in The Knife of Never Letting Go. The two novels also share an unsettling dystopian setting. Nailer and his crew dig through abandoned ships to collect copper wire and other valuables to bring to their crew leader in the hopes of finding their way out of poverty. They think they have found their "lucky strike" when they uncover a ship filled with all kinds of valuables - including a dying and beautiful young heiress. The romance between Nailer and Nita blossoms in a slow but realistic way, similar to Todd and Viola. Nailer must protect Nita from his abusive father, the same way Todd struggles to protect Viola from Aaron. Though both books present a bleak reality, the stories are hopeful and riveting enough to keep readers engaged.


Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card has done it again with this phenomenal new YA science fiction series. Rigg has the special ability of being able to trace the path of people's pasts. He's trained by his father who dies, and leaves Rigg to embark on a journey to find his long lost sister. This novel ties in with The Knife of Never Letting Go in many ways - a journey seeking a girl, inhabitants of other planets, and humans with special abilities. The ability to read others' thoughts and the ability to follow the path of people's pasts keep readers of these stories guessing, with questions and possibilities sprouting up with every page.

The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This page-turning book is the first in a series and has taken off like wildfire among the YA set. Thomas has woken up in the middle of a maze and has no idea how he got there, and can't remember anything. The only thing he is sure of is his name. When he becomes familiar with his surroundings, he meets others like him and it is up to them to figure out how to escape. This book ties in with The Knife of Never Letting Go because of the dire reality for the two teenage protagonists. And just as Todd discovers Viola in a world full of men, Thomas discovers the only girl in his male-dominated environment. This title is also a page turner and will have readers eager to read the sequels.

Rot and Ruin

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

This post-apocalyptic thriller takes Benny on an adventure as he follows in his brothers footsteps to become a bounty hunter and eradicate zombies. This book is similar to The Knife of Never Letting Go in that depicts a world where a certain population of the people are separated from the others for dark and sinister reasons. The action and dystopian setting are also similar and readers will enjoy Maberry's take on a supernatural staple.


Ashfall by Mike Mullin

What would happen if your world was destroyed by a volcanic eruption? This is the premise for fifteen-year-old Alex who survives the eruption of a supervolcano under Yellowstone and is separated from his family. Like in The Knife of Never Letting Go, Alex befriends a girl who becomes in partner in survival. Together they meet characters who are either out to help them or hurt them, and the bleak post-apocalyptic tale is sure to satisfy readers who are looking to fill the void after they finish the last book in the Chaos Walking series.

They Came From Below

They Came From Below by Blake Nelson

While this title is probably the biggest stretch in comparison to The Knife of Never Letting Go, the strange alien creatures that befriend Emily and Reese have the same loveable science fiction qualities and odd behavior that you can find in Ness' Spackle. They are unusual for sure, but there's also something very familiar about them. The two girls learn about their world through the eyes of these alien beings and what it actually means to be human.


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Probably one of the hottest teen titles around, Divergent blew up the scene when it was published in 2011. The dystopian future will be familiar for fans of The Knife of Never Letting Go, as will the search for one's identity. Bea, or Tris, as she is later called, must determine where she belongs in a world where your faction determines everything. She falls in love with her mysterious instructor and together they break the chains of a strict society. Not to be missed!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Sisterhood control everything for Mary, just as the Mayor does for Todd in The Knife of Never Letting Go. Mary manages to escape the village even though there is talk of the monsters that live beyond the village walls - zombies that Ryan has imaginatively deemed "the unconsecrated." With the boy she loves, Mary takes the reader on a terrifying journey to escape a gruesome zombie death. The other worldly feeling of this novel is also similar to that in The Knife of Never Letting Go. The sequel to this one is just as nail-bitingly worth the effort.


Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

This page-turning first book in a series follows Alex as he's framed for a murder he didn't commit. His punishment is to live in Furnace Penitentiary, where evil guards control the often innocent inmates. Much like The Knife of Never Letting Go, the protagonist is faced with a reality that he can't escape from. There are strong oppressors in both books and crossing one of them is not a good idea. This chilling novel will leave readers on the edge of their seat, and eager to read the next installment.

The Monstrumologist

The Monstrumologist and The Curse of the Wendigo by Richard Yancey

This series opener features a young orphan who apprentices with a Monstrumologist. Twelve-year-old Will Henry works for Doctor Warthrop and is determined to uncover how and why the monsters have made their way to 19th century America. This book does not hold back when it comes to gore, and horror fans will be delighted that it's only the first in a series. There are many similarities to the Knife of Never Letting Go. Two young boy protagonists trying to make sense of a complicated and dangerous world for the better good is the common general theme throughout both novels. Be sure to check out The Curse of the Wendigo to follow up on this compelling YA series.

Blood Red Road

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

This book is the kick-off to the Dustlands series. Eighteen-year-old Saba is determined to find her kidnapped brother. She lives in a post-apocalyptic world where an evil king rules and poverty is the rule, not the exception. With her tag-along younger sister Emmi along for the journey, they meet a cast of unforgettable characters which could easily remind readers of those in The Knife of Never Letting Go. When Saba meets the smoldering Jack things get interesting and just like Viola and Todd, the back and forth between the two characters is always on the line between flirting and fighting. An excellent choice for fans of The Knife of Never Letting Go.