Every once in a while there are books that you read that stick with you for longer than you thought they would when you first picked them up. The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first in Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, is one of them.
Easily one of the best young adult series of the twenty-teens, Chaos Walking follows Todd, a young man on the cusp of adulthood in a strange world where all the women have died, and all the men can hear one another’s thoughts. Loudly.
When I heard that The Knife was being made into a film, I thought immediately of the pages and pages of “Noise” in the book … the physical manifestation of all the thoughts that swirl around Todd and the men of his world. How would that adapt to the screen? My second thought was about Manchee, and that was a different sort of spiral. If you know you know.
Now, the trailer for Chaos Walking is here and we have answers to at least some of our questions.
I know a lot of book fans have bemoaned the fact that Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are little too old for the Todd and Viola of the books, but I have to say that I love the casting choices. If you don’t see the pure, open naïveté of Todd in Holland’s portrayal, then you simply aren’t looking close enough. Couple it with the menace of Mads Mikkelsen’s PRESENCE, and you have the tension and suspense of the books before you’ve even heard them speak.
If you’re not a book fan, you may have some questions about what is going on in this trailer. Let me help.
Yes, Todd has never seen any girls before.
Yes, Mads Mikkelsen is a villain.
Yes, that dog is integral to the plot.
Yes, Todd can hear his dog’s noise.
Yes, it’s precious.
Yes, that was an alien.
The Chaos Walking trailer has me headed to my old young adult shelf to re-read some of my favorite moments from this series. And has me hoping that the star power in the film will get the next movies made as well. Because book 2, The Ask and the Answer, is one of the ONLY young adult novels of that era that I gave five stars. Give me my ONE IN PARTICULAR.
Chaos Walking is due to release on January 22.
Beth is the proud sponsor of two little women and a huge fan of fandom. She took 3 years of Latin in high school and now speaks fluent pretension, which fully explains her current preference for gay wizard regency novels. She will roll over for a giant book with a map in the front. She takes comic book recommendations every day but Wednesday and TV recommendations never (she knows what's good).