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The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two. Home · The Author: Patrick Ness The Handy Anatomy Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series). A special anniversary edition, with a striking new cover design, to celebrate 10 years of the Chaos Walking homeranking.infog before a relentless army, Todd and. Reaching the end of their 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. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the.
The Silver Mask Magisterium 4. Lee Clarke. Low Point. The Ask and the Answer is the second book in The Chaos Walking trilogy and it is everything I hoped it would be and a million things more. Michael Grant. And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode Todd and Viola, whose uneasy truce forged a devoted friendship, are separated when Mayor Prentiss the antagonist from the first novel names himself President, quarantines the women from the men, and establishes martial law in New Prentisstown.
View 2 comments. Pissed does not even begin to cover what I feel right now. All of that brilliance, now lost to the cyberspace void forever. Original and disturbing, Ness is not afraid to take some risks as he tells the story of Todd Hewitt, a boy about to become a man in Prentisstown--a town inhabited only by men. As we read, we find out that Todd lives on a colony planet so distant from Earth that it takes decades to get there.
Upon arrival, the first colonists went to war with the indigenous inhabitants, the Spackle. In a desperate effort to defeat the invaders, the Spackle release a germ that kills all of the women. The men survive, but with a strange side-effect: At least this is the story Todd was always told, but when he discovers a real girl in the swamp Todd is forced to flee for his life and learns that everything he thought was true is a lie. Todd and Viola, whose uneasy truce forged a devoted friendship, are separated when Mayor Prentiss the antagonist from the first novel names himself President, quarantines the women from the men, and establishes martial law in New Prentisstown.
As Mayor Prentiss exerts his power, a female rebel force known as the Answer rises against him, and Viola finds herself swept up by their cause. Meanwhile, Todd is forced to do President Prentiss's bidding in order to keep Viola safe.
He's put in charge of managing the enslaved Spackle workforce being used to build the New Prentisstown envisioned by the President. What is so fascinating about the novel is how Ness explores the brainwashing and mind games employed by each side as they use Viola and Todd as expendable pawns in their quest for victory.
Viola struggles with the terroristic tactics used by the Answer against innocent civilians in the name of their cause, while Todd is forced to face his shame in killing a Spackle in the first novel as he witnesses the dehumanizing treatment of the thinking and feeling alien race.
As Viola and Todd try to navigate the labyrinthine truths, loyalties, and beliefs that are relics from a war that occurred before either of them were born, they begin to question themselves and their trust in each other. There are no easy answers and Ness forces readers to think through the complex issues of war, justifiable violence, and racism. Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder These books are large Pages but the good news is that they feel like pages instead.
And have to make. I discovered lately that I really love darker reads just because they are more realistic, the real world is not sunshine and flowers! The Ask and the Answer was as almost as good as book 1, if you liked book 1 then the series is definitely worth continuing.
It was slower paced, darker and more twisted. View all 10 comments. I won't lie, I am really disappointed in and exhausted by this novel. The book raises various issues of I won't lie, I am really disappointed in and exhausted by this novel.
The book raises various issues of genocide, war ethics, torture, and holding onto one's identity under pressure. All issues are interesting, but I find myself surprisingly uninterested in them, mainly because in this book I am strangely detached from Todd and Viola.
In these tough circumstances they are nothing more than naive petulant children used as pawns in various evil plans. They are described as so strongly attached that they are willing to do almost anything for one another and yet they are so easily led to mistrust each other. This mistrust constantly gets them and people around them in trouble, it's painful to read. I think pretty much in this book you simply can't find even one likable person.
Todd is the one I dislike the most at this point. No matter how hard the author tries to make us believe that Todd still holds on to his innocence and thus is better than everybody else, it's pretty hard to swallow when you know what Todd has done for no good reason other than his dear girlfriend left him.
In addition, there are the same plot holes as in the first book. I still don't understand the "specialness" of Todd, there is still a lot of build-up and allusions to various secrets that end up being not that interesting or important. I have to give Ness some credit for skillfully creating an atmosphere of urgency in his books and showing that nobody is truly innocent in war, but unfortunately, this just isn't enough for me.
Gray shades are great in theory, but I would like to see some clearer morality in my books, especially in the books written for young adults. I find that at this point the only side I would want to succeed in the story is Spackle. Not sure if Ness meant it this way though Reading challenge: View all 34 comments. Ugh, I just can't do it. This book is contrived and ridiculous.
I was put off by the first chapter, but continued to read for another 50 pages before I finally chucked it. Enough is enough. I had already ignored my instincts by picking this book up in the first place. Having read and been let down by book one, I was hoping that Ness would redeem himself. But alas, no such luck. Not only has Ness Ugh, I just can't do it. Not only has Ness failed to create likable characters, he has massacred any redeeming quality in Todd or Viola in order to create a plot for his series.
He should have left well enough alone, and ended this story in The Knife of Letting Go. I detest authors who rely on character idiocy to move their plot forward almost as much as I loath this book. If you aren't looking for any type of rhyme or reason, just itching for someone to get beat or killed, then by all means, read on, otherwise, read at your own peril. View all 61 comments. What makes you so special? In that first chapter, I was just so proud of you Todd.
But seriously, where to start?
I thought the last book was good. This one is better. Like, sell your aunt and your soul to the devil kind of good. It's just so full of stuff. First off, despite my many attempts, I could never guess what would happen. When I gave up trying and just went with it, it was still like running into a brick wall with your eyes closed.
You knew it was somewhere but you didn't know where. The characters were even better than before. Not only do we get to hear from Viola's point of view who is better than I could've hoped for but all the characters are well developed and waaaay too realistic.
I also developed some weird emotions for Davy Prentiss- seriously, right from the start. I just wanted to hug him though he was such an ass. But most of all, Todd.
Sweet Todd. You scared me Todd. I got wrinkles from you Todd. I'm sort of speechless. And still, after everything I miss Manchee. Angharrad was sweet but if anything it made me miss Manchee even more. Manchee would've stopped this from happening. He was a bloody good dog.
One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain. View all 6 comments. Patrick Ness's writing is a thing of magic. He aptly portrayed the horrors of civil war on both sides, and how war has no clear "good guy" and "bad guy".
The psychological aspect of this book is intense, being in the minds of both Viola and Todd as they try to pave a path for themselves in the hell that surronds them is both riveting and humbling. Oct 21, Whitney Atkinson rated it liked it Shelves: This series is just turning out to be rather "meh" for me, and that's totally not a bad thing, I just can't describe it better.
It's not bad. I really have no problems with the characters or writing or plot, but at the same time, it isn't the absolutely coolest and best thing i've read. It's fast and unique and the writing is cool, but I don't necessarily find myself connected to the story or the people. It's fun to read when you're doing it, but I wouldn't consider this series one of my favorit This series is just turning out to be rather "meh" for me, and that's totally not a bad thing, I just can't describe it better.
It's fun to read when you're doing it, but I wouldn't consider this series one of my favorites. It's very hard to describe my feelings for this book because right now i'm just feelin meh about it. And now i'm in the mood to grab something more exciting lol.
I am not going to write a real review for this one, because if it continues in the same vain, I will have to repeat myself when I finish the third and last book in the series. I am just frustrated Usually, when I read dystopian YA of substance, I am full of emotions which propel me to inspiration, and I have no problems putting them down in a review. Usually most of those feelings are positive.
And just as always, I try to balance my personal feelings with objective overview of the qualities of writing, plot, storytelling and so on But sometimes, like right now, my emotions let me down and my objectivity starts failing I feel like with the exception of couple of books, in the last couple of weeks I have fallen into a well of depression, dispair, and unlikable characters, and there is no one to throw me a line to drag myself out of it I am becoming convinced that there is a wave of writers who have decided that having a great style and flawless control of their craft, they are going to use it to depress their readers.
The do that by barraging them with slightly veiled truths of historical and contemporary human mistakes and failures, putting them in made up worlds, dressing them up as fables, and condensing them into powerful concentrates, serving them usually as trilogies, every one of them chipping away at our faith in humanity All are good but also bad, all are apathetic, all are easily thrown out of balance, and everything goes as long as survival is guaranteed, to hell with higher values, dignity and beliefs!
Those are the first victims of the battle for survival Once again an obviously talented author is putting his talent to work at convincing us that personal feelings of love, selfish desire to be with the one you love no matter how many people would be sacrificed for it, come before the lives of others. As long as you get what you want, the world can burn I wonder, is that what those authors see when they look into the world around them? Do their work give the readers a justification for their sense of entitlement?
Or is it an attempt at a cautionary tale gone wrong? I am not sure anymore, and honestly, I am to tired of negativity with no true promise of redemption to care. I am so saddened that we had to witness the complete deconstruction and degradation of couple of promising characters Weaknesses, gullibility, stupidity, willing complicity, enslavement, greed, strive for power Kill less you get killed, never leave an enemy alive or they will come back to haunt you Never mind that the label of "enemy" could be put on anyone who happens to disagree with you I get it!
We are all horrible people and we do bad things despite wanting to be good, although obviously we have no idea what being good means! I hear it loud and clear! You guys have pounded it over and over into our brains. What do YOU want us to come away with after reading your work. What is the point? It is not entertaining, so we can say we spend some fun times with the book, it is not "enjoyable", since there is not an ounce of joy in the whole series, at least not for now.
Should we feel good for coming out of it disillusioned and depressed, angry and frustrated??? If that is the goal, congratulations! You have succeeded! Has it become impossible to write something dystopian but still convey a sense of honor and a spark of hope? I know that is not true and this is why I reach for the next book in the series.
Because I have hope that there will be some light in the end of the tunnel and a gifted storyteller like Mr. Ness will not waste his and our time with books aimed at bringing us down. Reality does a good enough job at doing just that, and this is why we look for inspiration and emotional guidance in books I am disappointed with this book, but I am invested enough to want to read the finale.
I hope it is as good as all those great reviews make it out to be! Recommended to Isamlq by: I imagine Viola, reluctant healer, the worst in fact, bumbling around; Todd working, slaving away. This book is a such a visceral experience. And it's more. Not stills; I have a movie playing in my head. I can almost catch a whiff I imagine Viola, reluctant healer, the worst in fact, bumbling around; Todd working, slaving away.
I can almost catch a whiff of smoke after all those bombs go off. I tear up when I think of how they both feel: But I am not imagining how upset I am at the turn of events. I really do choke up a bit at where the two end up. No sophomore slump here. As Todd would say, it is effing amazing and I didn't really say effing either.
Stockholm Syndrome, anyone? The Mayor has the upper hand and a stronger mind than anyone. I feel sorry for Tod and Viola for the most part, and the telepathy angle is growing a bit more interesting, but it's really the descent into evil that captures most of my imagination.
As it should, I'm sure. This dystopian SF was designed for the YA crowd and while it is very decent for what it is, the plot is not quite as strong as the characterizations and the world building is kinda lacking.
If you're loo Stockholm Syndrome, anyone? If you're looking for answers, look elsewhere. The Answer is just the rebels made up of mostly women. The question, at least in my mind, is what causes men to turn into cattle, whether it's the mayor turning otherwise intelligent people into subservients or what really happened to all the others that are literally being kept in pens.
Lots of emotions flying about everywhere and I feel like I should be feeling a lot of pathos for the MC's, but unfortunately, I'm either in the wrong place to enjoy this or it just kinda feels a bit average.
Perhaps I'm just getting tired of reading the same kinds of stories in certain markets. Maybe it's just a little too simple for my tastes. This is kind of a disappointment from the previous book in the series. View all 25 comments. Most of the things I had issues with in the first book aren't a factor here, except for one. And it's kind of a big one. I'm going to have to meditate upon this for a time before I can write a proper review.
Over all, though, I liked this one much better. Ness does relentlessly horrible like nobody else, and I say that with all the love and respect in the world.
I Most of the things I had issues with in the first book aren't a factor here, except for one. If we had the option to dance a spoiler hornpipe instead, I would take it.
I encourage you to imagine me leaping about piratically for a few moments. If that didn't scare you off, there's really nothing I can do for you. Loved it really hard. I also hated it, and the result was the most passionate three stars I've ever given a book.
Many of my problems with the first book do not occur here. I will never get over that!
The narrative is in first person present tense again, but there are two narrators. Viola's voice is a bit more articulate, which is kind of a relief, but more importantly, they're not keeping secrets from the reader.
That was my very biggest beef before, that Todd was learning things in real time and magically having the ability to conceal that from the reader. That struck me as cheating. I was irritated with the crazy, indestructible Aaron before.
One could argue that Mayor Prentiss is both of those things - his ability to wriggle out of tight places is a bit uncanny, and yes, he's not what most of us would consider entirely sane. Even so, I found him much more subtle and sophisticated than Aaron and understandable to a degree Aaron simply was not. Best of all, however, is the fact that the Mayor isn't the only evil. There are others, and every single one is ambiguous.
Every single one of them raises interesting philosophical questions. Does fighting against an evil necessarily mean you're good? Are there necessary evils? Where is the line between freedom fighting and terrorism? Why show mercy to the oppressed if they're not grateful?
To what extent is any individual expendable? To what extent is caring a weakness? How can you control people through manipulation of information, and how can an individual fight back against that? That's the part of the book I loved, this exploration of war and what it was doing to everyone.
I don't think I've ever read a book that dug into both sides in quite this way, showing the psychic cost, how things escalate, how war takes on a life of its own that nobody can control. It was brilliant and horrifying. It was the end that knocked off a star, for me. Because there it was again, staring me right in the face, this notion of Todd as somehow "innocent" and "not a killer". I had a problem with it in THAT book, and here it is again. Todd can't kill!
Um, gee, yes he DID. That, to me, sent the ending completely off the rails. I thought Viola forgave him too easily. I thought the psychology and explanation of him retaining his ability to feel things all through the horrors when he turned his emotions OFF?
I couldn't wrap my brain around that contradiction , the assertion that this somehow made him "innocent" where the others were monsters Here's where I wish I had the book in front of me, and where I'm just going to have to come back later and explain things better. And it didn't add up for me. The thesis statements were great -- one about love being a strength instead of a weakness, one about living in a world of information overload and how do you decide what's important.
They were beautiful. They just weren't the answer to the equation I felt had been set up in the text. I think Todd and Viola would both have come out of this a lot more damaged than they seem to be. I get that they love each other; I get that he's trying to say something about how powerful love is I suspect Davy Prentiss is able to do good in the end because he loves Todd, even though it's never spelled out exactly. Yes, love is powerful. But hurt is also powerful, and I can't quite accept that they're able to forgive each other and be quite that unshakeably bonded after all that they've been through.
I'm still going to read the next one, though. And again: A lot of horrible, painful, well-done stuff to love. Whether you find the ending completely psychologically believable or not, there's a lot to think about in this book, and that's really what I'm in it for. View all 18 comments. Where do I even begin? Well firstly, this book was not as fast-paced as its prequel. At least the first three quarters were slow, and concentrated on world building and character development.
But was it just as amazing? This book was realistic and heart-wrenchingly beautiful. Marissa Meyer. The Trials of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze. Rick Riordan. Hearts at Stake. Alyxandra Harvey.
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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 This is the second title in the "Chaos Walking" trilogy.
Todd and Viola are caught in the middle, with no chance of escape. As the battles commence, how can they hope to stop the fighting? How can there ever be peace when they're so hopelessly outnumbered?