Title – The Ask and the Answer
Series – Chaos Walking trilogy #2
Author – Patrick Ness
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 528 pages
Publication Date – February 1st 2018 by Walker Books – 10th anniversary edition
ISBN – 9781406379174
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Viola and Todd have reached Haven but it wasn’t the haven they were expecting it to be. Now they’ve been separated from each other. Todd is imprisoned and is forced into Mayor Prentiss’s new “order.” Viola has been recovering at a healing house full of women. While she’s being as an apprentice a group starts bombing the town. The decisions Viola and Todd make next could change them forever.
I received a copy of The Ask and the Answer from Walker Books Australia to review. This is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy. You can read my review of the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, here.
I was a little frustrated with Todd in this book. Actually with both Todd and Viola. I just couldn’t understand why Todd went along with everything Prentiss had him do, all the horrible things, especially after Viola left. For me, Prentiss is such a twisted and horrible person and I just expected Todd would have done anything to get away from him.
Also, the way Viola and Todd kept doubting each other was very frustrating. Especially after everything they’d been through on their journey to Haven. I guess when you have people in your ear telling you things and everything points to them being right, it definitely could put doubts in your head. I’m just glad they eventually decided to make their own choices. Which is what I feel this is all about – having the strength to make your own choices in the face of horrible situations.
Both The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer have been very fast paced and enjoyable books. I couldn’t put all of them down. I’ll definitely be reading the last book in the trilogy, Monsters of Men, very soon.
At the end of The Ask and the Answer there was another short story or novella. This one took place before the Spackle War, which was thirteen years before the events in these books I think. I’m not sure how, or if, it will link into Monsters of Men but I’m looking forward to finding out.
*Thanks Walker Books Australia for sending me a copy to review*