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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

bookomens's review against another edition

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4.0

Still stunning as the first one! The only problem I have with this book is that it made me suffer (and I don't think I deserve that :) by making Todd and Viola suffered). Omg I hope to just be able to rest for 2 pages knowing that they are together and happy but no cant do! Anyway I love that Viola growth is portrayed quite nice in this one but there're some moment when I am a little bit frustrated with Todd and just want to scream NOOOO. Regardless they are still soooo important to me I love them by all my heart and they are still probably my fav YA dystopian couple.
4.25 ⭐️

taylamaree's review against another edition

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5.0

Better even than the first!! Though I so missed Manchee :((((

I cannot believe Ness had me rooting for DAVY PRENTISS of all characters.

I only wish for more Viola and Todd scenes. Love them.

srgreen's review against another edition

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5.0

4.5

lisxjayne's review against another edition

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4.0

I absolutely LOVED the character development in this book. Viola getting stronger and smarter, Todd loosing himself a little along the way. This sequel is definitely a lot darker than the first book, and makes you constantly question the intentions of the characters. I love that this series blurs the lines between good and evil, showing that nothing really is black and white. There is also a lot of social commentary in this series, particularly around sexism, and I love the way this was woven into the story.

The first book is told just from Todd’s perspective, and this one switches to dual perspectives including violas point of view. I think Ness does an amazing job of distinguishing between the voices, and I enjoyed that each chapter sort of becomes a cliff hanger, as you’re always waiting to switch back to the other character to find out what’s happens next. I completely understand why he made this choice and why it was necessary to get the full story. However, I did find the timelines a little hard to follow in the first half. I didn’t get fully immersed in the story until around the second half, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. I will say that at the time of writing this review I’m about 3/4 of the way through the third book and I haven’t had this problem at all. In fact, I can already tell the last one is going to be a 5*.

lisobelr's review against another edition

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5.0

My word this book. I am extremely late to this party, by about a decade, at which I would have been the age this book claims to be aimed for. But the fact that this is a children's book honestly baffles me, it is so dark and so riddled with extreme violence. And if the violence is not happening in reality it's happening in peoples noise, which is just as bad.

This book sets up so many interesting ideas about power and choice and what makes a person good or bad. Todd bears witness to huge amount of oppression; of the women in the book but also the spackle. And no he may not be the one inflicting the torture or making those decisions, but he also does not try very hard to stop it or even object to it really. Does this make him just as guilty? I found the sections of the book detailing the spackle slavery extremely difficult to read. It is an interesting parallel though, Todd getting frustrated with the Spackle because he couldn't hear their noise and thus becoming violent with them, the same way in the original Prentisstown that the men took their frustration out on the women for the exact same thing. On those odd occasions that he does step up and intervene with the violence against the spackle, he expects them to be grateful, when in their eyes he is the face of their oppression; their slaves master so to speak, something which cannot be forgiven so easily, if ever.

The final few chapters of this book has be audibly gasping out loud as I really had no clue what was going to happen next. RIP Davy Prentiss I really thought we were going to get a redemption story there for him. The Mayor (yes not the president) is such a fascinating villain. From the beginning of the book I was really starting to think that maybe he is not the villain we imagined him to be in the first book, but as the events of the book unfold and he continues to make destructive choice after destructive choice, you really see how war can make monsters out of men.

extraordinarystardust's review against another edition

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5.0

Why are you wasting time looking at the reviews? If you read "The Knife of Never Letting Go" then you already know you have to read this extraordinary sequel.

cort_kaye's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

taurusreadds's review against another edition

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3.0

I still miss Manchee

an_everyday_penguin's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

glitterbomb47's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5 stars. This series is getting better and better. Counting down until the third one comes out!