A long time ago, I started a book-blurb series. I have restarted the series this year and I have to say I loved writing and creating The Midnight Zoo post. Unfortunately for the blog, life happened and I haven’t gotten around to writing another book blurb. So I was pretty ecstatic when I found today’s blurb for The Knife of Never Letting Go, already written in my Evernote account. Thank you 2013-me.
The idea: take a book (sometimes I’ll own it, sometimes I won’t) and tell the story of the book based solely on the cover. It was inspired by the Huff Post article where a 6-year-old girl tells the story of classic novels. Of course, after I’ve told you my version of the story, the actual blurb is revealed.
Previous book: The Midnight Zoo, by Sonya Hartnett. Today’s book: The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness.
The fictional blurb.
Tom is an ordinary boy. He has a cat. He has a mum. His dad is a soldier and off fighting the war. But when Tom stumbles into the middle of a street fight on his way home from school, he freezes. He is mesmerised by what is happening in front of his eyes. He can’t move until it is all over.
And then it is. A man is lying on the ground, bleeding out onto the street. The other man, the man who made him bleed, runs past Tom. The street is silence. The dead man doesn’t make a sound. Tom makes his way over to the dead man and stares at him, thinking how peaceful he looks.
The dead man’s knife is lying in his hand. It’s a beautiful knife. Colour swirls around in the blade, the handle is made from onyx. Tom needs to push open the dead man’s fingers to take the knife from him.
In Tom’s hand, it feels warm. And then, as if being downloaded into his brain, Tom sees the dead man’s life in front of his eyes. He sees a young blonde women’s life, an African princess’s, an English explorer’s, a grey-bearded shopkeeper’s, and on and on, until he saw the birth of the knife.
This knife knew and remembered. And it went looking for trouble.
The actual blurb.
Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.
Then, just one month away from the birthday that will make Todd Hewitt a man, he unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible.
Breathtakingly exciting and emotionally charged, The Knife of Never Letting Go, is a compelling original story of fear, flight and terrifying path of self-discovery.