Review: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness // I have never worried about characters more than I have here

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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. 

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: May 4th 2009

Chaos Walking #2

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Series review: The Knife of Never Letting Go { Chaos Walking #1 }

My Review 4

Trigger Warning

 

 

Torture, Death, Bombing


“…Never love something so much it can be used to control you. “

I’m… mad? Emotionally spent? Tired? Hurt? I had to put this book down multiple times because I was getting anxious, worried and stayed in a constant state of disbelief. Yes, it was a bit slow (isn’t this book 500 pages?) and it did take me a while to get to it, but I love this series so far.

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Told from both Todd and Viola’s POV, we get to see both sides of ‘New Prentisstown’. Viola is assigned as a healer, and Todd is under the Mayor er… President Prentiss control, both doing what needs to be done to keep the other safe. This story is compiled of sacrifices and willingness to do what must be done to make sure the other is safe. Their love for each other (not romantic) was heartbreaking yet hopeful.

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This book makes you think. What is it that makes you a good person? What’s the limit? If it’s done with good intentions, is it still evil? How can we be sure the choices we make are right? This book is definitely darker than the previous not saying the last book wasn’t dark. Todd goes through some things. Every choice he made was for Viola and vice versa. There would be moments where they would see each other, only to be wretched away and Todd often punished. He truly goes through some massive character development. We also get to be in Viola’s mind was interesting. Her thoughts are neat and orderly; getting to see a more personal side endeared me to her even more than I already was. We see how much she cares for Todd, the sacrifices she made were just as tough.

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Not only do we have the villainous President Prentiss, we also have Mistress Coyle. She wasn’t as scary as President, yet was at the same time. I wanted to trust her and often times did right alongside Viola, but knew in the back of my mind that she was up to something. Now, though there is no romance here (there’s too much happening for anything romantic to take place) you begin to wonder if the love and dedication and loyalty between them could go in that direction. You can see it teetering the line but, I don’t really have an opinion because I genuinely don’t know. Would I want them together? Sure. I ship the hell out of Todd and Viola. However, I’m perfectly happy with how their relationship is now. Overall, This book is beautiful and I highly recommend. Let’s end this review with this beautiful development-

“It’s not that you should never love something so much that it can control you.
It’s that you need to love something that much so you can never be controlled.
It’s not a weakness.
It’s your best strength.”

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