- Paperback: 553 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA); Reprint edition (22 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763676179
- ISBN-13: 978-0763676179
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.5 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking Trilogy) Paperback – 22 Jul 2014
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This story is all about Todd and Viola who find themselves on opposing sides of a power struggle between the new mayor, now self proclaimed president and head of the 'Ask', in what was the town of Haven and the 'Answer' a group of female healers and freedom fighters. Todd finds himself part of the 'Ask' alongside his former enemy Davy and Viola is part of the 'Answer'.
This is a superbly atmospheric book which centres on the town of Haven which is now chillingly renamed New Prentisstown after the new mayor siezes power.
This book delves into topics of ethnic cleansing, female emancipation, torture and terrorism in an enthralling alien world where the 'noise' of animal and male thought can be heard which creates compelling situations and storylines. It is a brilliantly written, intelligent, gripping page turner. The new president is a truly terrifying, manipulative villian.
The alien native Spackle are central to this story and lead to an amazing cliff hanger. Very highly recommended and I will be definitely reading the third in the series...
There is now a short prequel story about Viola, by Patrick Ness, available to read online. Please see the comments section of this review for the link (the Amazon filters aren't allowing the link to be posted in the main body of my review).
'TAATA' picks up the story, from where the first book finishes, and the reader is immediately plunged into a murky world of ambiguous morals, as Viola and Todd are forced to face the deliciously evil Mayor Prentiss.
I think it's hard to overstate just how good this novel is. Once again, using sparse readable prose, Patrick Ness strips bare the human psyche. He blurs the lines between Good and Evil further than in part 1, creating a simplified but dreadfully realistic micro-society. Here the reader is asked to analyse the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter, and question where the line lies between the two. Ness uses the plight of his characters to question at what point appeasement becomes abetting, and skilfully highlights how, with little motivation, good people can find themselves doing terrible things.
In the manipulative Mayor Prentiss, the man who would be President, Ness has created one of literature's more charismatic villains; you can't help but believe some of what he says. The book would be considerably less without him. If that wasn't enough, Ness has woven in threads of treachery, compassion and redemption, to create a rich and powerful novel. Though nominally a children's book, 'TAATA' is a mature read, in which readers have to question their assumptions about the nature of power, and the reasons why men go to war.Read more ›
The story is now basically split between to the two main characters of the first book and you follow Todd and Viola as they find themselves on opposite sides. Todd falls ever deeper under the influence of Mayor Prentiss and his new world order now calling themselves the (ASK). Viola sides with the women healers fronted by Mistress Coyle calling themselves (Answer).
This book is wonderfully written and contains all the elements of the first book, the story switches at each chapter between Todd and Viola and this enhances the story, you get to see both characters points of view.
The book does have a very dark side especially when it covers such subjects such as ethnic cleansing, and torture, so its not a happy book, but it does make you think.
The plot is driven by characters and situations and when characters are manipulated before your eyes and they can't see it, but you can, it just creates more tension.
The plot-lines do converge and you get some answers and revelations, but you also get a whole host of other questions that need answering, and some very, very teasing new opening plot - lines for the third book.
In my opinion, this is by far the best series I have read in the last ten years and I for one can't wait for the next book. For fan's check out Patrick Ness's website, for a short story that explains how Viola crashed on the planet- it's not to be missed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really liked that the sequel story has more than voice to it, however, I did find that sometimes the voices were so similar I'd forget if it were Todd or Viola speaking. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Hayley
What this book is about (assuming you have read The Knife of Never Letting Go):
The Ask and the Answer starts a few hours after the end of The Knife of Never Letting Go. Read more
My son is busy ploughing through this trilogy and cannot put them down.Published 3 months ago by Stu7
The second in this trilogy that I couldn't put down. Excellent and equally as good as the knife of never letting go. Now for the next book 😊Published 3 months ago by Zoe Barefoot
As you can probably tell, it all went downhill from the first book. The Knife of Never Letting Go was a great start, but The Ask and the Answer was simply...well, not great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Shamma
Amazing continuation from the first book. Utterly frustrating but I was unable to put it down! Such a good story line and keeps you guessing. Started the 3rd book straight away.Published 6 months ago by Grace