The Ask and the Answer

The Ask and the Answer

eBook - 2010
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Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor's oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other's thoughts.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780763652173
0763652172
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (330 p.)

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amylee290
Sep 30, 2017

I LOVED the first book.... BUT.. this one... I guess I just didn't feel it. I gave up on it halfway through.. it was just plain dull.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 18, 2017

The Ask and The Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking series. The events of this book take place almost immediately where the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, left off. Todd and Viola have been captured by Mayor Prentiss after he manages to take over the largest settlement in New World, Haven. However a rebel faction emerges to try and strip the Mayor Prentiss of his power. The story looks into interesting themes such as what makes a leader worth following, what’s the difference between freedom fighters and terrorists and the cost of civil war. This book is stronger than the first in the series, with even more character development, a great exploration of central themes and even more compelling plot than the first. The characters are interesting and the pacing of the story is also very well done. The ending was much better than the last book’s, as the last one had a very abrupt ending that left the reader wondering what happened, whereas this book ends leading directly into the next book while still being an interesting and fulfilling ending in itself. The overall verdict is 4.5 stars, another amazing entry in the Chaos Walking series.
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

mvkramer Jan 31, 2017

Unlike many second books in a trilogy, which exist to get the reader from point A to point B, The Ask and the Answer is even stronger than the first book. Everything ramps up in intensity. The stakes are higher. The conflict is more complex, and the characters start to deal with some moral dilemmas. This series is so good. SO GOOD! Seriously - you need to read this.

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green_snake_744
Jul 11, 2016

my area of reading is bigger now because of this series.

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Puppylover60
Jul 07, 2016

By far the best book in the series. The ask and the answer brings you so much closer to the characters in the book. things go wild as you learn more about mayor... sorry president printess. I have to admit I grew close to Davy, a boy who wants nothing more than his father's acceptance. You want to know where this series is headed well this is the Answer! #punny

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DanielleH_0
Aug 17, 2015

An unexpected turn and compelling sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Suspenseful and thoughtful YA series that looks at the use and abuse of power in a space colony that seems to be on a path to war.

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Purplekat7
Jan 02, 2014

I enjoyed this book, though not as much as the first. I was confused most of the time who was on Viola and Todd's side and who wasn't. But all the way through I couldn't put it down.

genmgm Jan 01, 2014

I enjoyed this book as well, though not as much as the first of the series, or the short story New World, which got me started on the novels in the first place. I liked the contrast in the switching of perspectives - they were written carefully from different voices, which was appropriate. Sometimes though, when I had to put down the book I had a hard time remembering who was talking when I picked it back up.
Mostly what I am liking about the books is their honesty - characters are likeable, but they are flawed. In the face of incredible circumstances, they make choices and take actions that I am not always comfortable with, but this is the reality of life.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

Patrick Ness has done it again- a thrill-ride of a novel, YA but with very human themes for deeper adult understanding, veins of current socio-political issues deftly woven through an action/adventure story. I read it in 3 days, and it left me breathless.

In this second book of the Chaos Walking series, there's less of the supernatural villains, and more political machinations and civil rights questions. We find more characters to love and lose, and the twists are fast and hard all over.

Can you tell that I loved it? I loved it. I'm holding my breath until the third book comes in at the library, because he left the story on another cliffhanger.
I really appreciate that, although it's paced quickly, the book isn't all tropes and plot devices. The choices made by the characters are logical and (much like in real life) often influenced by misinformation, short-sightedness, or self-interest alone.

I still love Todd, though he's gracefully becoming less boy and more man.
I still love Viola, who is becoming stronger and more certain.
And I still love that the book has nothing to do with romance.

I recommend this book for everyone who enjoys adult-level YA, dystopian and scifi adventures, action-packed stories with their own subtlety, character development, strong female and male protagonists without having to choose just one hero, and anyone who believes in the power of teamwork. And also, anyone who read the first book. And if you haven't yet...what are you waiting for?

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mvkramer Jan 31, 2017

Violence: Torture, genocide, terrorism.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 17, 2015

Violence: Violence Genocide Warefare Death

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: Anything from Damn to f***

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Brutality. Torture. Violence and Treachery.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 17, 2015

The Ask and the Answer picks up right where The Knife of Never Letting Go ends, and you'll never see it coming.

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Purplekat7
Jan 02, 2014

The second book in the chaos walking series opens where the first one ends, in New Prentiss Town (Haven). Todd and Viola are now separated from eachother. As they try to be reunited Todd and Viola must figure out who they can trust, if anyone.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 17, 2015

There is only silence when it happens. It isn't loud or struggled against or violent or anything at all. She just falls quiet. A certain type of quiet that you know is endless as soon as you hear it. A quiet that muffles everything around it. Turning off the volume of the world.

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DanielleH_0
Aug 17, 2015

We are the choices we make.

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