The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness (Mini-Review)

6043849 We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

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 Ask and the Answer” is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second title in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.

I will repeat what I said after reading the first book in this series: WOAH. THIS BOOK!

I’m going to keep this short for two reasons; I still have a major book-hangover from it, and I can’t really talk about it in-depth without giving things away. And if you haven’t read them, YOU HAVE TO.


It took me a lot longer to get into this one than The Knife of Never Letting Go, but once the ball started rolling it literally didn’t stop. This story is relentless. Things go from bad to worse, to worserer. Poor Todd, poor Viola, poor anyone ever.

It was horrible to see how the harsh circumstances began to change Todd. You couldn’t really blame him, but being in the hands of the evil Mayor and forced into serving him in his preparations for an all-out war was really uncomfortable to read.

I wasn’t as sold on Viola’s story though, and I was begging for her to go and save Todd. However, she definitely redeemed herself by the end of the book.

I think Mayor Prentiss is probably of the best villains I have ever read, even though I did get a bit bored with the whole pretending-to-be-nice/ doing it for the greater good thing.

Also, will someone read that Goddamn book Todd’s mum wrote!

Anyway, this book made me cry. I wanted to put it in the freezer.

I might need a while before I tackle the final installment. It’s not going to end well is it!?

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Disclosure?: Nope, I borrowed it off my friend Di.
Title: The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2)
Author: Patrick Ness
Details: Paperback 517 pages
Publication Date: May 4th 2009 by Walker Books
My Rating: 4/5

WWW Wednesday! (22-01-2014)


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• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading: The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness. I loved The Knife of Never Letting Go so much, but this one has started off a bit slowly for me. I really want to know how it ends up though so I can’t put it down regardless. I also just started The Hunter, The Bear and the Seventh Sister by B.I Woolet. It looks so cute!

Recently Finished: The Corporeal Pull by Sara B. Gauldin, my review is here. I also finished Divergent by Veronica Roth which is going to be a ‘Di & Lipsy do…’ post, if only Di can remember what happened in the book. I LOVED it.

Up Next: Probably Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I’ve been meaning to start this series since it came out! The wonderful Christine at Oh Chrys sent me this as part of #BookishChristmas book exchange, which also means it has the good American cover (I really don’t like the UK one (pictured)!) Winning on all levels.

I’m not sure if I’ll go and see the film yet…

WWW Wednesday! (15/01/2014)


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I’ve just started The Corporeal Pull by Sara B. Gauldin and I’m almost done with Divergent by Veronica Roth. SO MUCH LOVE.

The Corporeal Pull

The Corporeal Pull is a story of love that transcends both time and the mortal plane. Terra, a guiding spirit of the Tweens, was content to manage her corporeal charges on Earth and help them towards their divine purpose until she was faced with Liam. The strange attraction she feels towards this lone entity forces her to reexamine the narrow perspective she has held for centuries. Suddenly, the relevance of soul mates is thrust into the forefront of her thoughts, and she cannot deny their relevance.
When Terra realizes that Liam’s intended path is one of incomprehensible suffering in the mortal world, it is already too late. She has let herself become entangled in his fate. Terra is faced with an impossible quandary; how can she knowingly send her love to a human lifetime where he is meant to be sacrificed to slow the flow of evil in the world?
She realizes that without Liam, her immortal existence will become one of never-ending pain. If Liam cannot continue his existence; than neither will she. Things do not go according to her plan!
This epic tale of good versus evil seeks to answer the age-old question of “why me” that all earth-bound travelers must eventually ask about their own life experiences. This action-packed love story will invite you in and leave you breathless!

Recently Read: I finished and reviewed Saying Goodbye to Warsaw by Michael Cargill and The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley. I loved them both.

Up Next: So many to choose from. I’m slowly catching up on ARCs so it will be a fight between The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and Zombies Vs Unicorns by Various which were all gifts or borrowed.

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