The Ask and The Answer: Review

I little while ago, I reviewed the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, and since I have now read the second book I thought I would review that too.


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…


I liked this book a lot more than the first one, as there was a clear set up as to what our protagonists were fighting against. Unlike the previous book where there was infrequent information as to what the Prentiss Town Army was doing, here we get to see the real time actions that President Prentiss is doing as well as what those who oppose him are doing.

In this world of numbness and information overload, the ability to feel, my boy, is a rare gift indeed.

I quite liked how in this story there was a lot of duality as you got to see what was happening on both sides of the battlefield and the implications of those actions. To me it clearly showed that in war while one side might be more just and righteous than the other, neither cause in intrinsically good, and everyone should be held accountable for the damage that they inflict.

We are the choices we make. And have to make. We aren’t anything else

The characters in this showed progression (given the nature of this change I am reluctant to call it growth) and I enjoyed how both of them become people they never thought they would be and how that impacts them. It is also interesting when the two of them are together, how far apart they have become whilst arguable traveling down the same path. I am eagerly anticipating the next book.

3 stars

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