The Ask and the Answer

Chaos Walking, Book Two

By Ness, Patrick

Publishers Summary:
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 tense and desperate 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, aimed at overthrowing the tyrannical government. Todd, meanwhile, faces impossible choices when forced to join the mayor’s oppressive new regime. In alternating narratives — Todd’s gritty and volatile; Viola’s calmer but equally stubborn — 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?

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ISBN
978-0-76364-490-1
Publisher
Candlewick


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Gr 9-Up Todd Hewitt, 13, is locked in a tower in New Prentisstown, a space colony, and separated from Viola, after the dramatic cliff-hanger in "The Knife of Never Letting Go" (Candlewick, 2008). Tracked down by the manipulative mayor of the all-male community he escaped, he is unaware that Viola is also under guard and recouping nearby. The noise that clatters through men's minds makes it difficult for Todd to keep any secrets about his intentions to find Viola and accompany her on a mission to con...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2010

In The Knife of Never Letting Go (rev. 11/08), set on an alien world where the native "Noise" germ makes thoughts audible (except those of women, who are immune), Todd escaped from the brutal all-male village of Prentisstown with Viola, the orphaned daughter of scouts sent ahead from a settler ship. But when they reached their destination, the peaceful city of Haven, they found that their enemies had beaten them there. While Todd is imprisoned and put to work by Mayor Prentiss, a master manipulator who's secured a cure for Noise and, with it, Haven, Viola is placed in an all-female house o...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

In this sequel to , Todd, believing Viola to be a traitor, colludes with Prentiss. The struggle to reconcile Todd's supposed i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 8, 2009

- Excellent plotting, as in The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in this planned trilogy. - The almost impeccably precise series of events builds to a genuinely surprising and satisfying conclusion. - Strong, memorable characters. Mayor...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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