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10 thoughts on “The Ask and the Answer

  1. says:

    okay, so i loved the knife of never letting go but this one was somehow even better.oh, jeez, i am afraid i am just going to write a gushing fangirl review here does anyone mind i will try to avoid saying anything too specific, because this book is such a gem, i want everyone to sort of discover its folds and depths for themselves.because there is a great deal of depth up in here.the action of this book takes place after a colossal thing happens which separates viola and todd and this book is a split narrative between the two of them, as they are pursuing their individual paths to selfhood under extreme duress and uncertainty.vague, right but it is so well handled ness can actually write viola and todd sound like two different characters and fully developed characters with insights and psychologies all their own, at that and i love them both so much fangirl squeee the scope of the book has widened the first book starts out as a sort of smalltown pastoral with creepy dark religious cultish overtones, while this one expands to re emphasize the earlier themes of colonialism and clannishness but to build upon those themes with the politics of war and love and betrayal and sacrifice oh, the sacrifices and helplessness and growth and trust and just all of it, all leading up to the most amazing cliffhanger of tolkien esque proportions.it made my head go aaaahhhhhh the best moments in these books are the small revelations, the tiny realizations not even the big game changing events, although those are phenomenal but as viola and todd are separately coached under questionable authority figures, which are shaping their character, but still managing to retain their individual sparks that make them such strong characters, and while trying so hard just to get back to each other the tiny reveals that pepper this story as they bildungs their roman are genuinely surprising and so devastating shivery.because they spend most of this novel apart, this becomes a novel about faith faith in the beloved other because while technically not a YA romance, because there isn t any kissing, it has the perfect shape to become one the first book is spent fighting together towards a common goal, learning each others strengths and weaknesses, making sacrifices sob to protect the Other, comforting each other and never letting the other lose hope or give up.it is a perfect foundation.this chapter has them apart, developing their own personal codes in the middle of this new situation and creating a sort of armor around themselves to protect themselves from outside influence, to keep the faith in the other safe until they can be together again which adds the layer of independence so fundamental to a successful romance none of this twilight self sacrifice twaddle.it s just gorgeous i hate the things that happen to todd throughout, as he struggles to balance his humanity while giving up portions of it just to stay alive and although viola s situation seems less dangerous on the surface, it is only adroitly manipulated, and so her ultimate realization betrayal is even powerful for it.aaahhhhh there is too much in this book and it is all in my heart.i am trying to read the third book really slowly so i never have to leave this world.there are probably useful reviews out there this is just be babbling don t let me slow you down on your path to this book go now come to my blog


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    This trilogy is so freaking brutal I m just sitting here trying to convince my heart to keep on I am so stressed Read books they said It ll be fun they said Well I am so stressed I really love that this had no sniff of sequel blues though, despite beingya know, blue as a book itself I do think it was a bit long and the tedium of Viola s and Todd s separate work situations could ve been faster but other wise WOW I M OBSESSED.THINGS IN PARTICULARLY I LOVE never going to get over the unique formatting and how great it is Todd is a precious soft son and I love him so much also have decided Todd AND Viola are Hufflepuffs, fite me but I will not be changed I was surprised Viola was narrating in this one but it was perfect and i loved her perspective plus her voice vs Todd s was really different which was great Todd s raw emotion was just seeping onto every page and as much as I nearly hated him for things he did I love him sobbing honestly the plot my feels didn t want to be together anyway i love how it contrasted two teams of war and how everyone sucks lowkey think the moral of this series is men suck character development was A and I hurtI loved the whole plot trope of Viola and Todd being separated and so close yet so far It s enough to drive anyone uP THE WALL which is where I live now Hello from up here I am cross but also desperate to know what happens next And there was so much emotion for both of them, because they re kind of each other s life rafts even when they re apart.There is a lot of cloak and shadow war going on in this one And I felt it was an interesting exploration of how tyrants often wheedle their people into believing they re doing the right thing This whole series is basically a dissection of power and control, over yourself and others, and it s SO interesting Like not only do I love the characters and the plot, I adore the psychological aspect to TODD AND VIOLA LET ME CRY.I pretty much adore Todd the most, but I think that s because we spent all of book 1 solely in his head 3 But this book is about breaking, and lies and twisting the knife into my heart So I just ached for Todd view spoiler Seeing him in shutdown mode after the spackle died, SO SO HURT He s so depressed and so cut off and just ajfdkslad And how he couldn t believe Viola came back to save him Todddddd you re poor smol son hide spoiler


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    So, who are you then, Todd Hewitt He says What makes you so special Now that, I think, is a very good asking What a crazy ending I enjoyed this one a lot than the first I was invested in Todd and Viola s characters, and accustomed to the writing style so I could fully focus on the story Yay for second books So Todd and Viola found their way to Haven only to discover it was not the safe land they were hoping for Pitted back against Todd s old nemesis Mayor Prentiss, Todd and Viola become separated each on either side of an ongoing war One between the people of Haven, calling themselves the Ask and those having escaped Haven and fighting against those in power The Answer.This book was full of chilling scenes, including the torture of civilians, namely women Some of the themes were extremely powerful, sexism, violence, terrorism, to name a few The Noise is still rife in this book yet Mayor Prentiss has chosen to provide the cure to some of his chosen favourites I m intrigued to see where Ness will go with the final book This series seems to redefine genre with elements of Sci Fi, Fantasy, Dystopia and maybe even horror.The ending was mad view spoiler I can t get over the arrival of a Spackle army they are such weird creatures, I still don t fully understand them hide spoiler


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    This was an alright sequel, I didn t love the plot but the ending has left me very curious to see how the trilogy ends I hope there is lots action and intensity in the final installment


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    This stunning sequel to The Knife Of Never Letting Go manages to measure up to its predecessor in a way I never thought possible After reading the first book, I felt sure that Ness would be incapable of delivering something equally brilliant But he did.This is an even important book than part one, though admittedly not quite as fast paced It deals with feminism, terrorism, war and genocide The alternating narrative works well and develops the reader s bond with the character of Viola For me, it was an even darker novel than the first book, with Ness sparing no details on the violence and torture undergone by those suspected of being members of the Answer.It s a very shocking story and it questions what makes a person good and whether an individual is solely responsible for their actions or if society and social factors can be blamed Ness openly tackles the possibility of redemption in the most dire cases and he carefully blurs the lines between hero and villain Is it okay to sacrifice one innocent person for the greater good How about a thousand Is terrorism a crime or a fight for freedom The answers you think you have now may not be so easily applied when reading the book It may make you question all that you ve ever believed in.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


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    What would you choose if you had the faith of someone you love in your hands Would you betray your beliefs I must confess that the only honest answer I can give you is Of course I d be so proud if I was able to say that I d do the right thing whatever it takes, and I want to think I d do it Really Of course there are situations where what to do is obvious because one of the possibilities is utterly bad But sometimes sometimes there s no such thing as a right choice The Ask and the Answer is supposed to be a children s book Yes, for sure it is I mean, that seems crystal clear, huh The main characters are young, aren t they Yes But still Is it enough to tell Really Because this book It actually made me think than most of those I ve read for years And I read a lot The Ask and the Answer gives rise to ethical reflection and disturbs us What is it that makes you a good person Is there a boundary line Where is it, I m asking, where is it Is it what you do What you think What you allow others to do WHERE Blur And they seem to unnerstand That s the thing They unnerstand way than a sheep would Make no mistakes, I hated Mayor Prentiss President Prentiss something fierce I really did, from the beginning Then, I never liked a lot this Mistress Coyle either But these choices our characters must face They re difficult Harsh blush Can I say it I only wanted for Todd and Viola to be safe To be together To be happy Yes, I can be idealist that way.And maybe it makes me a coward, maybe it makes me weak, but There was a moment I was just thinking one damn thing Run Fuck em all, and run shut up But of course it d be selfish Of course life isn t so simple And of course the story would be over, and way less interesting I may be a romantic but not that dumb I know that But still I m just saying I thought about it Fortunately for us, readers who want to be moved but oh my god that s so harsh Fortunately for us, Todd and Viola are amazing characters and oh so stronger than me.I ll let you know something This book is a gem, a real one, but that was painful Cuz she s out there somewhere please be out there somewhere please be okay please I ve said my heart ached for Todd in The Knife of Never Letting Go Scratch that It just broke in this one All over again I sure can t say that I agreed with all the choices he made It d be far from the true some of his actions are really unforgivable view spoiler one word 1017 hide spoiler


  7. says:

    It s 4.5 stars Not perfect 5 stars because the first part was a little slow and boring for me, but THEN the final chapters were so awesome and full of twists and turns and UGHHH Patrick Ness just loves to kill the characters I like Anyway, this book was so much better than the first one I think that s because we get to know not really, though mayor Prentiss He s one of the best villains EVER.Also, I ship Todd and Viola so much.


  8. says:

    Objectively, this whole series so far has been fabulously written Really, really skilled author.Objectively, the book deserves five stars.But I m only human, and subjectively I wanted to rip this book apart and then burn the shreds because it both makes me furious and scares me to death Chaos Walking is the kind of story where every character is evil and corrupted in their own way and you re at a loss for someone to like support To make things worse, the main characters are children thrust into and twisted by a cruel world, driven to horrible acts by horrible circumstances Through Ness unique writing style, the reader can follow along right in Todd s head, and it all feels a little to close and real for comfort.This series really shook me, and I think I need a little time before I can finish the last installment.


  9. says:

    Some spoilers for those who have not read the first book I just wrote an exhausting review of this novel, but Goodreads screwed me and lost the entire thing Pissed does not even begin to cover what I feel right now All of that brilliance, now lost to the cyberspace void forever I didn t so much read the first book in this series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, as inhaled it 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 they can hear each other s internal monologue 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 The Ask and the Answer picks up where The Knife of Never Letting Go left off 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 This psychological complexity is heightened by the fact that the reader still isn t sure who the bad guys and who the good guys are if, in fact, there are any good guys 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


  10. says:

    This review and other non spoilery reviews can be found The Book Prescription In this world of numbness and information overload, the ability to feel, my boy, is a rare gift indeed Yay, I was exactly the 60,000th thousand person to rate this I guess you know the drill by this point, I usually compare the second book in a series with the first and see what improved and what didn t I didn t know what to expect after the ending of book 1 so my Ask was if I will enjoy this as much and the Answer is apparently yes, it was a very good book The writing is as good as book 1 These books are large 500 650 Pages but the good news is that they feel like 300 400 pages instead Patrick s writing is easy to follow, full of suspense and can be poetic at the same time We are the choices we make And have to make We aren t anything else The Pacing in book 1 was faster which is always a plus for me, the pace here is slower but not too slow so it is still enjoyable There weren t many new characters but the characters we know developed and I expected the change in some characters which was awesome and devil Every one were talking about the plot twists in this book, I saw most of them before they happened and specially at the ending I was like what if this and that happened, that would be terrific and guess what It did happen I liked how this was much darker than book 1 and some of the scenes were graphic so beware, I don t think it is a suitable book for younger children I discovered lately that I really love darker reads just because they are realistic, the real world is not sunshine and flowers The world also expanded and I think we are getting of it in the next book Summary 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 twisted The story is balanced and I can t wait to know how it ends.


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