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Ask and the Answer,
This review is from: The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking) (Hardcover)
This second book in the Chaos Trilogy and it continues where the Knife of Never Letting Go ended.
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.