So, I finally got around to reading The Knife of Never Letting Go. I know everybody loves this book. I kinda hated it. The dog constantly talks about poo (I get it, but…come on. Really?). Everyone is miserable. Throw in the world’s most unsatisfying ending–you almost have to read the next one or be left with a major cliffhanger, but I’m not buyin’–and you have yourself a real winner, folks.
While I liked Todd’s character, I found Viola really flat; she seems only to exist to provide ready solutions to Todd’s physical and emotional predicaments. I was entirely frustrated with Ness’ refusal to develop her character in any real way–she’s just as empty as he believes her to be throughout most of the story.
Between that and the constant G-D stuff (there is a touch of hardcore language, as well), I just didn’t enjoy it as much as the plot might have allowed. I ended up feeling really frustrated that I spent so much of my time on Todd. And his friggin’ dog.
Downgrading to 2 stars, which it only gets if I erase all memory of the stuff I hated and focus on plot.