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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
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Feb 09, 2011

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

Ness keeps it going...complicated motivations, hard choices, and brutal decisions. The rhetoric of this novel, though, does become just another recovery novel, in some ways, for the holocaust. That is my only real complaint. He was much more subtle in the first book. However, it also incorporates more current issues with terrorism, what it means to be a terrorist, and how we go about defining the actions of both terrorists and dictators.

There is the continuing romance, but it doesn't completely dominate the story. Yes, it is a device that sometimes becomes a trite and cliched motivator, but that doesn't mean it takes out all of the surprises.

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