The Ask And The Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two

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The Ask And The Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two

by Patrick Ness

Candlewick Press | September 8, 2009 | Hardcover

is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard — and secrets are never safe.

Reaching the end of their tense and desperate flight in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical government. Todd, meanwhile, faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives — Todd’s gritty and volatile; Viola’s calmer but equally stubborn — the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.66 × 5.62 × 1.62 in

Published: September 8, 2009

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763644900

ISBN - 13: 9780763644901

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sets up for an incredible finale! Todd and Viola thought they had found safety in Haven, but Mayor Prentiss' earlier arrival ensures nothing is as it seems. They are quickly separated--Todd working for Prentiss and Viola working as a nurse with the women. After a secret group called the Answer surfaces, eager to overthrow Prentiss, Viola joins in hopes of saving Todd. Todd, on the other hand, feeling extremely betrayed at Viola's unexpected departure, sides with the president and the Ask. Both groups get increasingly violent and both their leaders prove to be cunning and surprisingly ruthless individuals willing to do anything to get the upper hand. The ending was absolutely thrilling as both sides draw ever closer along with a third contender no one ever expected. The stage is most definitely set for the last book, Monsters of Men.
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling Part. 2 I liked this book, but not as much as the first one, The Knife of Never Letting Go. I think that reason why I didn't like this one as much is because Todd and Viola are seperated for most of the book. And then when they do manage to escape their captors and find each other something else happens causing them to be pulled apart. There is a lot of action in this book toward the end. I found the beining to drag a bit, but the all that happens in the end makes up for it. And once again this book ends on a cliffhanger. Can't wait to see what happens in book 3.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So..Totally, Absolutley, Insanely...Amazing!!!! Wow.....WOW!!!....this book was freakin amazing, ***Before you read this review go read the first one, The Knife Of Never Letting Go, I don't want to give anything away:)*** Todd and Viola have finally reached Haven...But are greeted with Mayor Prentiss, who takes Viola away from Todd. Now, Todd is under the Mayor's orders, or so called President, because if he doesn't, he could risk Viola's life... Viola is on the other side of town, with the women. She suffers from a gun shot wound, and is being healed by the Mistresses of New Prentisstown. These Mistresses gain Viola's trust, but as the story continues she is betrayed. Viola has no choice but to join them, in The Answer, a group of people against President Prentiss, who plant bombs all over town, to start a war. Viola is now apart of the Answer, hoping to destroy President Prentiss and save Todd, But when the President fights back in the war, he starts the Ask, and Todd has no choice but to join him. Now, Viola and Todd are seperated on both sides of the war, in this action packed, thrilling sequel the Ask and the Answer battle it out, Todd and Viola will do anything to save eachother....new friends are made, new enemies are formed and the noise gets stronger than ever.. I absolutley loved this sequel, the suspense kills you at times, and leaves you grasping this book until no end. This time, Patrick Ness has the points of view from Todd and Viola, switiching back and forth, so we could see what they are both doing, and feeling..You get so attached to these characters, it's as if you would do anything to save them. You can feel Viola's and Todd's hope, betrayal, and all of their feelings, as if your living through it with them. Patrick Ness is an absolutley brilliant author, he has created this story that I will never forget...If you haven't read this series..Read it!!! I am dieing to read the next book!!!, Monsters of Men..
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! **Spoilers if you have yet to read the first book. Which is even better than The Ask and the Answer, so go read it!!** Todd and Viola’s adventures continue in this action-packed sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go. The two have finally made it to Haven, but a dark surprise greets them there. Mayor Prentiss has arrived before them and has taken Viola away from Todd. Not knowing where she is, Todd obeys all of the Mayor’s, or now called President’s, orders to keep him from hurting Viola. On the other side of town, Viola heals from her gun wound and meets the Mistresses of New Prentisstown. She makes some new friends, but is betrayed in the most brutal ways. But she joins them in hope of overthrowing President Prentiss and escaping with Todd. Viola joins the Answer, an army of terrorists who plot bombs around the town to start a war with the President. Todd, feeling betrayed and lost, joins the President’s side of the Ask, where he must find the Answer and kill them. The story is told from both points of views, switching between Todd and Viola’s minds so we can feel their emotions and learn their thoughts. We feel their betrayals, broken hearts, jealousy, and the rare moments of happiness they have. Some new characters are introduced, but all the old ones are present, and we go more in depth with them and learn more about their thoughts and feelings. Some--who we thought we would hate forever--open up themselves in this book and you can’t help but feel sorry for their past. Patrick Ness is an amazing author who plays with your emotions and thoughts, making you feel like you’re the one being betrayed, you’re the one in the middle of a war, you’re the one being attacked, and you’re the one running for your life. It’s so…overwhelming. I absolutely love this book! This series is amazing, and I cannot wait for the third and final book to be released next year: Monsters of Men.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Imaginative with lots of action. I enjoyed this book almost as much as the first in the trilogy. My only criticism would be that the fight scenes tended to drag on a little longer than I would have liked. But a wildly, imaginative story that keeps the reader enthralled. I can't wait for the thrid book to see how the Alien Spackle will factor in.
Date published: 2009-09-21

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The Ask And The Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two

The Ask And The Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two

by Patrick Ness

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.66 × 5.62 × 1.62 in

Published: September 8, 2009

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0763644900

ISBN - 13: 9780763644901

About the Book

The follow-up to the literary sci-fi thriller "The Knife of Never Letting Go" continues the saga of Todd and Viola, who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard and secrets are never safe.

From the Publisher

Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard — and secrets are never safe.

Reaching the end of their tense and desperate flight in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical government. Todd, meanwhile, faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives — Todd’s gritty and volatile; Viola’s calmer but equally stubborn — the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive?

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling Chaos Walking trilogy, as well as the Carnegie Medal–winning A Monster Calls, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd. Among the numerous awards he has received are the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17