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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

Upon reaching Haven, Todd and Viola realized it was not the place they had hoped for. Instead of finding peace and happiness, Todd and Viola discovered their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss, had taken over the town. And to make matters worse, Todd and Viola have been separated. Todd is forced to work for the mayor and his son, Davy while Viola is placed in a House of Healing as a patient, where she joins The Answer to rebel against Mayor Prentiss. With Todd and Viola working for two different sides, will their values remain the same or will firm differences arise?

What I Thought of The Ask and the Answer

Many second books in a trilogy feel unnecessary, sloppy and sometimes even boring, but luckily for us readers, the Ask and the Answer is not one of those books. There’s lots of things to like about the Ask and the Answer, the character development, the theme, the plot progression; all of which are expertly done through Patrick Ness’s creative storytelling. For instance, by separating Viola and Todd, we got to see more of their individual personalities and how they independently handle their own situations. Additionally, their story is connected in new and inventive ways that supported the theme in the novel: standing for what you believe in. Faced with impossible choices, Todd and Viola both have to choose between what’s right and what’s easy, and with pressure from their peers this theme is easily relatable for all pre-teens and teenagers. Not to forget how exciting and well-written the plot is! I honestly wanted to stay up all night reading this book and now that I’ve finished it I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

The most memorable moment in The Ask and the Answer was after the Spackle slaves were bombed. In this scene, Todd encounters the sole survivor, 1017 who then flees. Not only does this foreshadow some Spackle drama but the character dynamics between Todd and 1017 in that instance was incredible. I could almost feel the mixed emotions between them seeping off the page!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars