Book Review: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness


Title: The Ask and the Answer

By: Patrick Ness

Genre: SciFi

Pages: 553

Release Date: May 4th, 2009

Publisher: Candlewick

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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.


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I have to admit, this was not my favorite Patrick Ness story.

I found this story to be a very long 500 pages with little action. Although the ending was intriguing, I don't know if I really want to finish the trilogy as this book moved so slowly and the story was one aggravating situation after the next. It left me feeling really angry and unsatisfied.

Patrick Ness has some amazing books, but I wouldn't put this one in his top three.

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