Review: The Ask and the Answer – by Patrick Ness  

1406322474.02.LZZZZZZZSynopsis: 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?

Title: The Ask and the Answer
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pub Date: 22nd July 2014
Pages: 643
ISBN: 9780763676193

Rating: 4stars

I didn’t think it was possible to become more addicted to these books. Clearly. I was wrong.

In The Ask and the Answer we fall straight back into the story, except this time the narrative is split between Todd and Viola. The scope of the book has also widened. The Knife of Never Letting Go is based around small-town pastoral themes with dark religious/cultish overtones. This book, however, emphasises themes of politics and war.

I’ll keep this review short and sweet, as I really don’t want to give anything away. It’s amazing and you should all read it.

That about says it all. But I will add this, and mostly because I keep being given funny looks for reading these books on public transport. Yes. This is a children’s book (although it’s probably the darkest children’s book I’ve ever read!). Yes. It doesn’t quite meet the standards of Mark Twain, Nabokov, or Tolkien. But if you want a fast-paced, believable, well-written piece of fiction to take you away from your troubles for a few hours (because a few hours is all you need to read 600+ pages!) then these are the books for you.

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