After the emotionally draining cliffhanger in 'The Knife of Never Letting Go', the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, "The Ask and the Answer"...moreAfter the emotionally draining cliffhanger in 'The Knife of Never Letting Go', the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, "The Ask and the Answer" (the titles are effing brilliant) ups the ante with themes of genocide, anti-feminism, loyalty, love, politics, terrorism and moral conundrums explored wonderfully in a realistic way.
As much as I loved "The Knife of Never Letting Go", the second book was far more satisfying in every possible way. Having the story told from Viola's point of view and having no clear-cut antagonists for most of the book worked wonders. Viola is finally out of Todd's shadow and is allowed to develop on her own. Her thoughts and actions really made a mark on the quality of the story being told.
I was as confused, angry, sad and frightened by the difficult choices the characters have to make and the things that were forced upon them. This novel made me exhausted by the relentless evils done by the hands of men. Ask is a brilliant, nerve-wracking study of human nature at its core.
Mayor Prentiss is one of the sickest villains I've ever read to date. He sets a new standard! When you sleep with the devil, you know how it'll end! I just wanted to strangle the guy!
When Mayor Prentiss grouped Davy and Todd together, I had a feeling Davy would turn out to be alright, bond with Todd and would probably die by the end of the book. I was prepared for it, but damn I didn't think he'd affect me that much! RIP Davy!
I miss Manchee! Poor Angarahhad doesn't have much of a chance to win readers over.
I didn't blame Mistress Coyle even after she tried to kill Viola and Todd until the final revelation! She's as evil as Prentiss and deserves no forgiveness!
The writing style which put me off at first at the start of the first book, came across as endearing in this one.
That cliffhanger was HUGE! I did not expect that! Spackles, settlers, the residents are all heading for a massive head-on collision in the final book "Monsters of Men", which I can't wait to read!
One of those rare cases where I loved the movie more than the book. The book, quite possibly suffered due to my high expectations. But it still is a g...moreOne of those rare cases where I loved the movie more than the book. The book, quite possibly suffered due to my high expectations. But it still is a good piece of work by Brian Selznick. The sketches are amazing!(less)
I had never read a book which narrated the events through a Reaper/Death's perspective. It surprised me to see how much...moreDeath: "I'm haunted by humans!"
I had never read a book which narrated the events through a Reaper/Death's perspective. It surprised me to see how much I loved this book! The book is about growing up during a horrific time (Holocaust), learning what is right and what is wrong, and ultimately it teaches one to appreciate what little time we have to live on this Earth. I had a wide range of emotions wrestling inside me while reading it. Zusak's writing is wonderful and doesn't rely on mystery or shock to hook the reader in, yet makes the story so compelling that even when you have been forewarned as to what will happen, you can't help but shed a few tears and say goodbye to the characters whom you feel like you have known your whole life. Instead of being detrimental, the threat of death looming over certain characters exponentially increased the sense of dread and anticipation at the same time. This is one of those rare books which I plan to revisit again after a few years. (less)
After I got over my initial revulsion to the writing style, this book just became amazing even though parts of the story just seem so unrealistic and...moreAfter I got over my initial revulsion to the writing style, this book just became amazing even though parts of the story just seem so unrealistic and I'm not talking about the telepathy! I'm so addicted to this story that I've to read the next book in the 'Chaos Walking' trilogy right now!! (less)