Review: THE ASK AND THE ANSWER by Patrick Ness


THE ASK AND THE ANSWER (Chaos Walking #2)
Patrick Ness
Published: May 4th 2009 by Walker Books Ltd.
Pages: 553

We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…

“The Ask and the Answer” is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.


”Ain’t that the biggest tragedy you ever heard?”

The Ask and the Answer picked up right where The Knife of Never Letting Go left off. And oh my god, did this book make me angry.

The writing was great as always, hooking me right from the first page and keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I really liked that this time around we got Viola’s POV as well as Todd’s, and it was really interesting learning about her side of things.

The world-building, now that I actually understood what was going on, was also another positive point. We got to see more of the world Patrick Ness created, and some of the best parts of the book came from Todd and Viola being faced with new challenges as they found themselves in different places and meeting different people.

Now, that was part of the reason why this book made me rage pretty much the entire time.

My problem with The Ask and the Answer was that NOTHING WORKED OUT FOR TODD AND VIOLA. Nothing. Not a thing! It was so so so so frustrating reading about things going wrong every single time they calmed down and it seemed like Viola and Todd were going to be okay. At one point I just kept wondering what terrible thing was going to happen to mess everything up again, since things seemed to be looking up.

It really took a lot of the enjoyment from me, having these constant twists and bad things happen all the time. It kind of seemed like they were being recycled at one point, Viola and Todd finding themselves in very similar situations they’d already been in before.

The ending also wasn’t very promising, since it was also kind of a cliffhanger. It was another dire situation Todd found himself in, and at this point I just want things to be okaaay, haha. Maybe I’ll get that in the next book, but who knows.



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