Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

This is a middle book in a series. Doing my damnedest not to spoil anything. I couldn't respect my own self in the morning if I ruined anything for you. 

First, let's just get this out of the way...


That good. It was all-caps good. So yeah, this is the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, and the first one nearly broke my heart. I can't say I've ever read a book that so thoroughly put me on the edge of my seat. To the point that I almost wanted to hide behind my hands at times. A lot of the time actually. I loved the characters almost immediately and I was so afraid for them.

In this book, there's still plenty to be afraid of, but it's not the insanely frenetic pace of the first book. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of action, intrigue, and plot movement, but it didn't make me hide behind my hands. Ness himself said in an interview that he wanted to write a book about flight, a book about tyranny, and a book about war, and this is one of the best books about tyranny ever. 

There were times that I thought to myself, "So that's how Hitler would've swayed a society into something soooo not good for them." There's one mangy character in this book that is so very convincing, so very e-vil, he's just fascinating. 

Our protagonists, Todd and Viola, are still awesome. Todd is a bonehead sometimes, but what teenage boy isn't? And Viola is one tough cookie. They both show themselves to be fallible but heroic in this book. Potential leaders of their society. 

So you notice this post is awfully light on plot points. That's that no spoilers thing I mentioned. I'm ok with it. If you haven't gotten in on this series yet, there's no time like the present! I'm taking a brain break before I whip out Monsters of Men, but it won't be long before I can no longer wait to dive into the last book. 

Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: Candlewick
Format: E-book
Source: Bought it!

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