The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness


 (More to do with Book 1 The Knife of Never Letting Go)

So, straight onto book two of the Chaos Walking series.  I enjoyed this book so much more than The Knife, which is all about the journey and about the revelation of the terrible secret. When I told Steve about the book I said that all the men’s thoughts could be heard but not so the women’s so the community decided to kill the women. Steve’s response?  “Good idea”! Anyway…
In the second book Todd and Viola turn and make a stand.  Not of their own choosing but like most things in this series, events are forced upon them once more. Once again, Todd’s choices are not what we would expect from a perfect hero, they are flawed choices and miserable mistakes and compromises.

The Ask starts to really examine the growth of fear and compliance as an army invades. Overtones of Nazi Germany are rampant, as well as concentration camps and genocide.  The Ask studies  the difference bewteen a freedom fighter and a terrorist and how can men and women live together when men’s thought are
alway public and women’s are never known.  Huge, huge topics but really pared down and examined in a very forgiving light.

I’m really looking forward to Monsters of Men) last in the trilogy but I’m going to wait a while. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s