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The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Patrick Ness

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Title:The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two
Authors:Patrick Ness
Info:Candlewick (2010), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 528 pages
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Tags:Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / American

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Loved this! Non stop action and intrigue-so intense-I'll need to wait a day or two to pick up book three in series-don't want it to end... ( )
  kimpiddington | Jun 5, 2017 |
"We are the choices we make.."

From the very start of this book it threw you into a gripping storyline, of wondering what will happen next. The same apprehension followed the reader all the way through the book. In stories you most often know who the main villain is, but in this one there were many contenders for that position. Two main sides in this book, however there was a third underlined. Three different worlds making themselves known to one another, and it was clear that they all wanted the same thing, to be in control of the world and make the other sides bow down before them.

Todd and Viola were thrown in to different sides, where they were spoon fed the other’s wickedness, to be brought up to take down the opposing side. However, their bonds and everything they went through, from the first book didn’t make this a very simple task at all. They wanted to get to the other, and they took every opportunity to try to find the other. In some cases this was a bad thing. That’s because it gave opportunities to apprehend the other, or get valuable information that the other needed.

This was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat, and in the dark about what was to happen next.. I really like that about a book!! Needless to say I can't wait to get my hands on the third and final part, to see just how everything will conclude! ( )
  Dylvi | Dec 4, 2016 |
I think reading this version on an ereader took away some of the charm the first book had. Good, but something preventing me from giving it five stars. I'm going to blame technology. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
I think reading this version on an ereader took away some of the charm the first book had. Good, but something preventing me from giving it five stars. I'm going to blame technology. ( )
  s.pando | Nov 4, 2016 |
Review: The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness.

This is the second book to the Chaos Walking Trilogy and it’s as great as the first but in a different way. The writing was sensational, well developed characters from the first book, and more than enough surprises to keep the story captivating. As in the first book Viola and Todd are in love, but they have been separated, so the story is told from two perspectives. The novel raises a ton of thought provoking questions in a scenario that feels forever frightening and all too real.

Through Viola we meet the healers, all women and a strict aggressive leader, Mistress Coyle. Unfortunately Viola takes to long to figure out Mistress Coyle isn’t the inspiration of hope she promises to be. Mistress Coyle is a fascinating clever character but wait until Mayor Prentiss, another interesting character, presents himself as the leader of the New World. These two characters are at opposite sides of the spectrum and when they go against each other it’s like two worlds colliding. (BOOM)

Through Todd we learn Haven surrendered to Mayor Prentiss and changed the town’s name to New Prentisstown and now he is President Prentiss. Because of this man is the reason Viola and Todd have been separated. As the story goes on the reader will see that by holding Viola hostage Pres. Prentiss can keep Todd in line and he tries to befriend Todd by pairing him up with his son, Davy. Davy was weak and his father didn’t even allow him to sleep in the house he slept in a room above the stable and Todd lived in a locked tower with the former Mayor and was released to do what the Mayor wanted and after he was returned to the tower.

There is also a field at the end of town where Prentiss has over a thousand Spackle prisoners who came from another World who didn’t look human. The Spackle’s were defeated by the towns people and when Prentiss took over they had no shelter, and lived behind a fenced out in the open with very little to eat. Prentiss gave Davy and Todd a job of checking on the Speckles everyday to give them little food and water in troughs. Todd felt bad for the way they were being treated but Davy was cruel to them.

As the story goes on the reader had to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys. Viola was frustrated because she didn’t know who to believe and for awhile she thought Todd was turning against her. She soon was captured and free to roam with Mistress Coyle’s people hiding in the forest but she was not trusted to know what Coyle had planned. Then out of preparing for a War, Pres. Prentiss, Mistress Coyle and the healers, the towns people, the Speckle people from around the world came together and there was a massive uproar and the War began and Todd and Viola unite and take off on a horse away from the violence. So, who’s going to come out on top? …Find out in the third book of the Chaos Walking Trilogy…. ( )
  Juan-banjo | Sep 26, 2016 |
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Battle not with monsters lest you become a monster and if you gaze into the abyss the abyss gazes into you. Friedrich Nietzsche
For Patrick Gale
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"Your Noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt."
"Your noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt."
We are the choices we make.
"You are either forgetting or do not know that we already fought a great war, a war to end all wars, at just about the time you would have been born. If any repeat of that can be avoided—" (p. 36)
She looks at me carefully. "Appeasement," she says. "That's what it's called. Appeasement. It's a slippery slope."
   "What does it mean?"
   "It means you want to work with the enemy. It means you'd rather join him than beat him, and it's a sure-fire way to stay beaten."
(p. 153)
"You've got to be practical," Mayor Ledger says, "even in the face of tyrants."
(p. 301)
"I was only following orders," the Mayor mocks. "The refuge of scoundrels since the dawn of time."
(p. 454)
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Science Fiction, Suspense
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We are the choices
we make: do I fight or join
with my enemy?

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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.

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