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The Ask and the Answer
The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking: Book Two | Patrick Ness
Part two of the literary sci-fi thriller follows a boy and a girl who are caught in a warring town where thoughts can be heard — and secrets are never safe. Reaching the end of their flight in THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, Todd and Viola did not find healing and hope in Haven. They found instead their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, waiting to welcome them to New Prentisstown. There they are forced into separate lives: Todd to prison, and Viola to a house of healing where her wounds are treated. Soon Viola is swept into the ruthless activities of the Answer, while Todd faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives the two struggle to reconcile their own dubious actions with their deepest beliefs. Torn by confusion and compromise, suspicion and betrayal, can their trust in each other possibly survive? Includes “The Wide, Wide Sea,” a short story by Patrick Ness.
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Minervasbutler
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Book 2 of the Chaos Walking trilogy and our heroes Todd and Viola are caught up in a vicious struggle for control of New World. Themes of genocide, slavery, mind control and terrorism underlie a plot which has more twists than Brexit. Ness is superb on conflicted loyalties and the ethics of violence in the service of one's cause, and once again it seems a shame that these have been categorised as YA because they really deserve a wider audience.

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Addison_Reads
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Where has this series been hiding my whole life!? After the first book, I didn't think the second would be as good, but it is! 💚

Yes, this book is full of action from the start, but at its core, Ness shows us humanity and how resilient humans can be when facing what seems like impossible odds.

I'm excited to see how this series ends. 📚💙💛

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naylormatthew
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Follows on very well from part 1. I found the end of book 1 frustratingly unsatisfying but this time was more keenly aware that this would not be a satisfying resolution and instead would end on basically an intro to book 3. That said, I enjoyed it thoroughly and couldn't put it down at several points.

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naylormatthew
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To see the ocean once is to learn how to miss it

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DebbieVincent
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This is Margaret Atwood meets Lord of the Flies meets Luke Skywalker, the 2nd part in a trilogy.
It's dystopian fiction and it's what it doesn't explicitly describe that gives it power.
Make no mistake, even though it won a Guardian Children's Award, it's sophisticated and adult themed (without explicit Handmaid's Tale type detail).
I was vetting it for a 10 yr old, who broke down in tears and couldn't finish it.
#patrickness
#theaskandtheanswer

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Joanne1
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Classic Ness: great characters, a pacey action packed plot and a cliff hanger ending. Will definitely be reading the final book in this trilogy soon.

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Joanne1
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The first of this series was the very first audiobook I ever listened to. It‘s taken me several years to get to the second one. Patrick Ness is such a great YA author and Humphrey Bower is possibly my favourite narrator.

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Mccartershanon
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So flipping good 😱😱😱😱 this series will be the death of me

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toofondofbooks
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"Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking."

This picked up right where book one ended and just got better. The audiobook narrators are so good.

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Lizpixie
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Finally I can post #BookMail Pt2 after tech glitches all day! This is Bk2 in the Chaos Walking trilogy by Ness, these 10th anniversary editions are gorgeous with the sprayed edges and black on black embossing. Plus all three are signed personally by the author. Bargain at $12.75AU. The series is set in a dystopian world where everyone can hear what everyone else is thinking & there are no secrets. Until 12yrold Todd discovers a pocket of silence.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good job!!!! 12mo
vkois88 Awesome 12mo
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emmaturi
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This is the second book in this series and I love it! #books #bookcovers #currentread #bookcrazy #bookworm #booknerd

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Andrew65
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This is book 2 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Whilst I loved book one I didn‘t enjoy this as much, partially because The chemistry wasn‘t there as much in this one because not much time spent with Todd and Viola together. It did get more exiting towards the end and like with book 1 there was a massive cliffhanger at the end of the book. This does mean I need to progress to book 3 very soon. I do recommend the series & have heard book 3 is worth it!

CarolynM I loved the moral ambiguity of this one. One person's freedom fighter is another's terrorist 13mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM It was quite difficult as a result of this to work out who you should be cheering for, in the end decided I couldn‘t cheer for anyone. 13mo
CarolynM Exactly 13mo
GatheringBooks super well worth it. i enjoyed this entire series. not your usual post-apocalyptic universe, more subtle and multi-layered. and yes to @CarolynM ‘s moral ambiguity. patrick ness is a master at that. 13mo
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Andrew65
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Just had to progress onto book 2 of this trilogy as needed to know what the outcome of the cliffhanger at the end of book 1 was. An hour in and I still don‘t know. Grrrrrrr🙈😳😬

BookishMe Hate it when that happens! ;O 14mo
ReadZenRites Gaaaahhhh!!! 😩😩 13mo
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CareBear
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So the second and third book arrived today, but this is going to drive me NUTS. I‘m wondering if I can return this as the wrong item....

Soubhiville I hate when that happens... 14mo
Karkar Oh that is the worst. I hate it when they do that!!! 14mo
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Never trust a politician, Todd. They have no fixed centre, so you can never believe them.
~Mayor Prentiss

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geekybookgirl2
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I really enjoyed the 2nd installment in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Quite brutal and intense at times. I'm looking forward to reading how it will end.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

GypsyKat I recently got this series, I need to read it! 1y
looseleafbooks Love this book! The finale is amazing too! 14mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Excuse me while I fangirl over here.🎉😍 Patrick Ness likes my comment! 😱😱

#fangirlmoment

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NeverendingTBR
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Another book received for #Christmas (basically I received the whole #ChaosWalking series) from my other half

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yvo_about_books
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I enjoyed The Ask And The Answer just as much as the first book. I had once again the same reaction to the slang the men use in Todd‘s chapters, which I found mostly highly annoying. That would be my only real complaint though and I still thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. I‘m definitely going to read the third and final book soon now!

4/5 stars

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Deechenreads
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Love this book a lot! I love how much todd grows up in this book also how logically everything is. Love the plot, love the writting style!

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yvo_about_books
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Nothing better than a little reading with my favorite reading buddy... Finally continuing the Chaos Walking trilogy! Took me long enough haha. Still find the 'slang' the men use highly annoying (cuz, yer, thru, addishun, instruckshuns etc. etc.) but I'm enjoying the rest of it so far.

#amreading #currentlyreading #catsoflitsy

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bookdragons

The Ask and the Answer was so good but seriously destroyed me. I've stayed up late and woken up early to binge read this book. Can't wait to start Monsters of Men

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cassiesbookishcorner
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I loved this book!! 4.5 stars!!
Just like The Knife of Never Letting Go this book hit me hard. So many twists and turns. I love Todd and Viola. Patrick Ness is such a wonderful author!!! He knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat!
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#theaskandtheanswer #bookworm #bookaddict #bookish #theknifofneverlettinggo #read #bookreview #bibliophile

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Welcome to Litsy!!! 😊❤️🙌📚🎉 2y
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WeirdLibraryLady
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This book ended up being much better than the first. By the end I was wanting to know more more more! I will be reading the third one for sure now!

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cariashley
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This series, gah. I haven't felt so gut-punched since The Hunger Games. I needed a long break after book one but am going right on to book three now, gritting my teeth.

I don't know what I was thinking trying to take a photo of this book in a sunspot. Sullivan commandeered the shot within seconds, doing that immediate sleep thing cats do. 🙄

AnnieReads Those paws!! Looks like the ends were dipped in white paint. 2y
Bette Great cat shot! 👍❤📸🐱☀️ 2y
rubyslippersreads Adorable kitty! 😻 2y
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Zelma So adorable! Squeeee! 😻 2y
Simona 😻😻😻😻 2y
LeahBergen This photo! 😂 2y
Eyelit Sullivan is a total cutie! 😻 2y
cariashley @Eyelit @LeahBergen @Simona @Zelma @rubyslippersreads @Bette @AnnieReads he looks all cute and innocent here but he is a HANDFUL 2y
Eyelit 😂 I think cats, by definition, are a handful (they are deceptively adorable to mask their deviousness) 😸 2y
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cariashley
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A little nervous to start my next read. The first book nearly broke me. 💔😢

CouronneDhiver Cute kitty! 2y
Lindy Prepare to break all over again. 2y
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Quellek
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I tried to get "happy" but the best I could get was "I have lifted my head from my nap and I'm not sure what you want from me".

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Auntynanny
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These books are so exciting. I love the fast pace of the narrative.

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"There's only silence when it happens. It isn't loud or struggled against or violent or anything at all. She just falls quiet, a certain type of quiet you know is endless as soon as you hear it, a quiet that muffles everything around it, turning off the volume of the world."

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MyBelovedLittleBooks
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I absolutely love this series. This book was just as good as the first. I can't wait to read the third and final book. I have become such a fan of Patrick Ness. His work is so unique. Every one of his works I have read so far have been such great stories that suck me in from beginning to end.

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Oryx
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#yalove it's gotta be Patrick Ness 😍 #17booklove #manchee

ReadingRover I love this series! 2y
MyBelovedLittleBooks Reading this series now. Absolutely love it! 2y
Oryx @MyBelovedLittleBooks It's great. Manchee 😍 2y
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CaitlinSiem
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There is so much depth in TAatA. The characters are forced to grow up and deal with major issues. Even as a reader, I was torn with what to believe. I'm still in the whirlwind of whoa.

This was intense and amazing and as astoundingly great as TKoNLG (a smidgen better?). When you see both sides of a war—see what they're each fighting for—lines get blurred. Ness puts the reader right in that blurred area. And it will leave you breathless.

Joanne1 I've read the first in this series, must get to this one soon. 2y
CaitlinSiem I highly recommend it, @Joanne1. I thought it was fantastic. 2y
raelaschoenherr Such a great series! 2y
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mrsbatman85 Loved this series SO much!!!!!! Did you know you can email the publishing team for the interim books? I still need to read them, but the plan is to go back to the beginning ❤ 2y
CaitlinSiem I actually bought the newer paperbacks which have the bonus novellas in the back. I definitely needed everything. I'm loving the series already! @creepycomforts 2y
mrsbatman85 Ooh didn't know that @CaitlinSiem on the wish list they go! X 2y
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Kboltz
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2nd book in the trilogy, its intense. When war happens who is really on what side? Good book with a female and a male hero, a great YA story.

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nicolefroio
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"You've got to be practical," Mayor Ledger says, "even in the face of tyrants."
"Is that what you are then?" I say. "Practical?"

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Cals90
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Had to find out what happens next! These books just suck you in.

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Jdjacobs
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Love this series!

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majagreentea
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"The only crime, the only crime is to take a life. There is nothing else. To live is to fight. To preserve life is to fight everything that man stands for." ~ CW | I couldn't put the book down. I hate it so much I love it. #uglycry #stopwars

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To see the ocean once is to learn how to miss it.

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WTF WTF WTF

susanw I loved this entire series. Read all three in a weekend! 3y
thebookmagpie @susanw it's so addictive! 3y
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thebookmagpie
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THIS BOOK IS SO STRESSFUL. I keep having to take breaks. Anyone else ever had this experience?

Cinfhen Took me a long time to get thru...it was such a painful read🔪💔 3y
megt I have! Especially if I start feeling like a character I love is in some sort of mortal peril. Sometimes I just have to set it aside for a little bit. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Maybe put it 'in the freezer' for a bit. Seriously. 😉 3y
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JulieSlater I had to stop this book after a very traumatic event. I still want to read it though. 3y
Chessa This whole series was so stressful! I loved it though. But yeah. You either need breaks or to read the whole thing in one sitting. 3y
thebookmagpie @Cinfhen yeah, ALL was a tough (but great) read! 3y
thebookmagpie @megt yeah, I can't stand watching characters I live be hurt or make difficult/bad decisions! 3y
thebookmagpie @kaysreadinglife haha that was all I could think about when I posted this! Definitely a freezer book. 3y
thebookmagpie @JulieSlater oh dear 🙁 I don't blame you! Hopefully you can get back to it eventually. 3y
thebookmagpie @Chessa exactly! I've been reading it in big chunks and then having a break because I don't think I can take it! 3y
LisaReads I have the first book in this series but haven't read it yet. Did you like it? I have read a few of his other books and have loved them!! 3y
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thebookmagpie
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Hey Litsy folk! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes the other week 😊 sorry I've been so absent over the last couple of weeks. Here's why: I'm moving in ten days. Just to give you an idea - about half my books will be living in these boxes for a few months. It'll all be worth it when they eventually have their own room to live in 😀

LitHousewife I do not look forward to moving. Bless you!!! 3y
LauraJ Poor books 😢 3y
Yournewfriendsams Hang in there! 3y
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moranadatter I hope your move goes smoothly! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Good luck on the move! 3y
Amandajoy I feel you! I'm currently unpacking after my stuff being in storage for a year. It's great to open up the boxes and become reacquainted with all your books! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Good luck with your move. 🚚 3y
Zelma Good luck! You can look forward to that glorious moment when you get to unpack your books and shelve them. Fun! 3y
thebookmagpie @LitHousewife I can definitely sympathise! Hope it goes smoothly for you when the time comes. 3y
thebookmagpie @Amandajoy I imagine that must be so satisfying! I'm hoping this won't be for too long but I'm already looking forward to reshelving ☺️ 3y
thebookmagpie @Zelma I can't wait for that day 😀 3y
LauraJ @thebookmagpie Ooh, we need before and after pics! 3y
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Sue
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First #readathon book down! While a little heavily didactic in parts this was still a great read. Bring on the next instalment!

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Sue
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So I've seen a bunch of you posting about the Dewey 24 hour #readathon (which I hadn't heard of) and I thought I might play along. I've gotten a head start with this one - the start time here is 10 pm, which I will be celebrating by being asleep. Look out tomorrow though!

intothehallofbooks Loooooove this one!!! 3y
Chessa Soooo good!!!! 3y
wanderlustywriter This may have been my fave of the 3. Or the last one. Can't choose! 3y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Patrick Ness has me hooked! I need answers now.