Book Reviews

Book Review: The Ask and the Answer


Synopsis (Goodreads):

We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men…

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode…


This year I was determined to finish Chaos Walking trilogy and I achieved my as these books are one of the books that I don’t want to carry with me to 2016 and so I read them last month. To know my opinion on the first book, click on the link.  Now, let’s talk about book two.

Let me start by saying that I didn’t like this book at all! It was a “meh” read and I struggled through it because I hate leaving books unfinished and I wasn’t going to leave this one unfinished and so I powered through it.

Let me start with the characters, Todd and Viola. The characters in my opinion reached a level of stupidity that I didn’t think was possible and I couldn’t tolerate them at all. I don’t mind reading books with younger characters but these two felt really flat for me and they get flatter with every book

 I was put off by the first few chapter, but continued to read anyway because as I stated I hate quitting books without giving them a fair chance.

I didn’t like the writing style as well, which is something that I already said in my review for the first book, but I found it really hard to get into the writing and it kind of stood as a wall between me and the entire story and the characters. I found it really hard to get into the characters minds and understand them. Ness’s writing is not for me at all and I can’t help it all.

Some things didn’t make sense to me at all like,  when the Viola’s ankles are broken. At first they are described as this: “swollen and twisted and black.” Later, she says things like, “My feet hurt,” and grimaces in pain, yet can still stand, hobble a bit, and ride a horse. It doesn’t make sense at all! HOW! HOW.

I don’t have much to say about this book honestly because although it’s a big book, there isn’t much to say about it. I simply didn’t like it.

Rating: 1\5 stars.




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