The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

‘The Ask and the Answer is the second book in the Chaos Walking series.

‘The Ask and the Answer’ begins where ‘The Knife of Letting Go’ ended with Todd and Viola facing the Mayor of Prentisstown, he has now taken over Haven and renamed it as ‘New Prentisstown’ and has renamed himself as ‘the President’.

Todd and Viola are separated and from there the book is told from both of their perspectives. Todd and Viola find themselves in very different situations but the reality is still the same, they must survive what the Mayor/President is going to do next.

‘The Ask and the Answer’ explores different topics, war, genocide, love, survival and they are shown in a brutally honest manner, there are some genuinely heart wrenching moments which makes the story a powerful read. The book is exciting and just as good (if not better) that ‘The Knife of Letting Go’.

As with its predecessor, the book finishes on a cliff hanger. The third and final part of the series is due for release in May this year.

An excellent read.

Rating: 10/10

Reviewed by Paula Mc (Weave/Gyre)

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