Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
(Chaos Walking)

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It is an amazing novel that completely captivates all who read it and deserves all it's prizes and in my opinion many more. It is without question a stunning book, original, mesmerising and utterly beautiful.
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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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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England's Radio 4 and SUNDAY TELEGRAPH and is a literary critic for the GUARDIAN. This is his first book for young adults. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 18, 2010 by Candlewick. 530 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by AliRae on Aug 01 2012

It is an amazing novel that completely captivates all who read it and deserves all it's prizes and in my opinion many more. It is without question a stunning book, original, mesmerising and utterly beautiful.

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