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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
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Dec 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: signed-by-author, 4-star, dystopian, own, young-adult
Read from January 26 to February 02, 2012

Oh, Patrick Ness. Dang. I had not read any of your books when I met you in October of 2010, but I’ve since remedied that. Three times now you’ve left me feeling as though my heart has been unceremoniously ripped out of my chest. Then again, you’ve also rocked my world and left me craving more. I may not have loved The Ask and the Answer quite as much as The Knife of Never Letting Go, but once again you had me turning pages late into the night and feeling gutted.

The Ask and the Answer picks up right where the first installment of the Chaos Walking trilogy left off, which is good, because anything less may have turned me into a screaming banshee. Todd and Viola’s circumstances have changed dramatically, and the narration shifts a bit as well. Instead of hearing just from Todd, parts of The Ask and the Answer are told from Viola’s perspective. While her voice didn’t engross me quite as much as Todd’s, it was still amazing. Another thing that made this book a little bit harder? The gaping Manchee shaped hole. That is one literary canine I cannot think about without my heart aching.

Ness packs The Ask and the Answer with shock factor. I gasped at the plot twists and cried about some of the atrocities I read about. Todd and Viola also both spent a good chunk of this novel in some kind of moral dilemma, which enriched the characters themselves as well as their stories.

Another thick, whirlwind of a novel, The Ask and the Answer is an engrossing read. Even though I had some minor issues with this one, I want more. I want to know how this brilliant story ends. Suffice it to say, I hope to pick up my copy of Monsters of Men sooner rather than later.
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R.S. Carter It sure was shocking, in so many ways and on so many levels. The issues were much heavier than anticipated for a young adult read.

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