Oh, friends, this review of The Ask And The Answer is WAY overdue. You see, I read Patrick Ness’s second Chaos Walking book in Summer 2010 and is it is 2012 already, a lot of time has gone by in book years. So, I’ll be very succinct because my memory is fuzzy, but when I read Monsters Of Men I plan on reviewing it and you guys, when I review books from a series I am bizarrely OCD, like I have to review all of them and generally can’t skip a book or review from the middle. That aside, just thinking about Chaos Walking and The Knife Of Never Letting Go makes me feel all ache-y on the inside.
FROM HERE ON OUT ARE SPOILERS FOR THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO
So, Todd and Viola end up making it to Haven after the journey from hell, seriously with all the trauma they went through it was totes not a fun journey. And in Haven they see Mayor Prentiss is in charge which is totally a WTF moment. So, the journey is all for nothing it seems. THEN sigh, the two split up and Viola happens to get roped into joining a resistance, whereas Todd is a guard of the Spackle because he stays in Haven.
Yo, The Ask And The Answer is HEART BREAK CITY y’all. I swear, these books, this Chaos Walking series are not easy reads because you feel ALL OF THE THINGS on top of the grief from book one. Like, that whole entire book the BIG SAD THING coughMancheecough was hanging over my head while reading. I’m sorry, I’m just really sensitive to dogs.
Although, if you want me to be super honest, well of course you want that, I didn’t FEEL or emote during The Ask And The Answer on the same level that I did for Knife Of Never Letting Go because I’m a dog person and not at all a horse person. Like, I still had emotions and such, and still cared about Todd and Viola but I could not force myself to fall in love with the horse, like I did with Manchee.
Either way, The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness was a fabulous second in a trilogy read and one of these days I’ll get to Monsters Of Men and perhaps make enough peace with my grief that I’ll allow myself to listen to the audiobooks for a re-read.
Disclosure: I purchased my copy of this book.
Other Reviews of The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness:
The New World (Prequel)
The Knife Of Never Letting Go (Book One)
The Ask And The Answer (Book Two)
Monsters Of Men (Book Three)