The Ask and the Answer, Paperback

The Ask and the Answer Paperback

Part of the Chaos Walking series

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.

Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order.

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...The new edition of this tense, shocking and deeply moving novel features a bonus short story, The Wide, Wide Sea.

Introducing new characters and set before the events of The Ask and the Answer, it is a story of love and loyalty in a divided world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781406357998



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The second volume in the Chaos Walking trilogy, this picks up almost seamlessly from the cliff-hanger at the end of The Knife of Never Letting Go. To understand what goes on in The Ask and the Answer, it is absolutely essential to have read the previous book, and again Patrick Ness submits the reader to another very intense read. The pace is slower than the first, but it's much more emotionally intense, and in places I was reminded of certain aspects of Star Wars and The Hunger Games; to say anything else about the plot would be to give details away accidentally, and there are lots of surprises in store. This is an equally nail-bitingly tense and highly thought-provoking novel about what is right and wrong and about the choices one makes in life. If I were a teacher, I would use the ethical debates resulting from this book to tie in with history lessons about WWI and 2, and I'm certain that's where the author got some of his inspiration from.If you're constantly itching to pick up the book again, then you can be sure that you're on to a winner. Another completely absorbing read, I'm only waiting for my son to finish the final volume in the trilogy, Monsters of Men, to continue the story.

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