Review: The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

Posted April 6, 2015 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: The Ask and The Answer by Patrick NessThe Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking
Published by Brilliance Audio on 9/8/09
Genres: fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 528
Length: 12 hours and 48 minutes
Narrator: Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
Format: Audiobook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: The Knife of Never Letting Go, Monsters of Men
Also by this author: The Knife of Never Letting Go, Monsters of Men

Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard — and secrets are never safe.

Reaching the end of their tense and desperate flight in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical government. Todd, meanwhile, faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives — Todd’s gritty and volatile; Viola’s calmer but equally stubborn — the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?


I loved everything about this book. Both Todd and Viola have to figure out if they can live with some of the choices they make. They care so much for each other, but other forces are playing with that, and making things not as they seem. Both have to do things they don’t agree with, and deal with those decisions in different ways.

There is so much conspiracy it is insane, and I absolutely love it You still aren’t sure who to trust. They are stories from the Ask and the Answer but how do you know which one is true. Both leaders lie, and twist the truth, so much that it seems both views are correct.

I can’t wait to read the next book. I need to know what happens next. Ness definitely leaves you gripping the edge of your seat until the last page, and this is no different.

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About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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