Wanted to love this book, and indeed it could have been so exciting as well as thought-provoking. I don't like books that can't stand without their sequels and this book ends as if it was only a chapter of a book. The Forest of Hands and Teeth makes sense and on it's own, even Graceling or The Hunger Games do (though I'm not crazy about them), but The Knife of Never Letting Go is not like one book in a series, rather like the first volume of one book.
And then I like young adult books that suit the more mature reader too - this one, unfortunately, won't make a big noise in the more advanced readers' heads.
It was too slimy for my taste; I'd like to talk with the author about life, ethics and stuff. I've got some other problems with the nature of noise, etc. but let's see the sequels first.
The characters were okayish, I liked Viola and Todd, but nothing special.
Still I recommand it to all hard core dystopia-lovers. (Hoping it will get better with the sequels.)