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Publisher's Summary

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....

The Ask and the Answer is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure.

©2009 Patrick Ness. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Mr. D. V. Carruthers
  • 08-18-11

Brilliant

Absolutely fabulous book - not one to put a big smile on your face, but does ask some big questions. I found it quite difficult to read at times due to the trials and tribulations that some of the characters go through.

The narrator is absolutely fabulous, I really can't say enough good things about him, every voice is differentiated, and at times it's difficult to believe they're all coming from one person. I'd personally have him do all books from now on!

Hugely recommended.

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  • Sophie
  • 03-27-13

Brilliant!

If you've read the knife of never letting go, get this book! It's an amazing sequel. If you haven't read the knife of never letting go, get over there and get it, then come back for this. I'm hooked! Off to read monsters of men.

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  • Graeme from Preston
  • 03-18-15

Keeps the story going

With the characters from the first book and a few new ones the story develops into a battle between fanatics. The theme being you can't trust warmongers - on any side.

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  • Paula
  • 03-25-13

Fantastic

Equally as great as the first book! I was not able to stop listening to this book, LOVED IT!

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  • Devonport
  • 12-23-12

Excellent second part!

Great follow up, and as said before it has been read superbly. So good that you'll have to buy the next one!

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  • N. S. Scott
  • 05-19-18

Brilliant

Great second instalment. Becomes slightly Harry Potter ish towards the end but exciting build up to next instalment.

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  • Muktida
  • 04-04-18

Struggled to finish it

The plot was only moving forward because of the naivety of Todd and Viola. They basically spend the entire book getting manipulated. Could not tolerate Todd by the end of the book.

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  • B. Meecham
  • 03-27-18

As thrilling as the first in the trilogy...

... and if you've read the first book you'll need to read this. Stop reading reviews, and just dive in.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-17

strong, nuanced, frustrating and hard

this is a hard book, especially at the start, it just feels like everything is checkmate, or maybe stalemate, and nothing is possible but stick a it. Sadly it suffers from Tod being the one. why? because he is special. but what's special about him. special stuff. love him... Despite this, and despite the fact that Viola is much more deserving of being the one, I took a lot from this book, there's tension and excitement and thinking and I'm looking forward to part three (but maybe after a little break)

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  • 12-04-16

This author is brilliant.

The second book in the trilogy is as fast paced and exciting as the first. There are plenty of twists and turns and sometimes your not sure who should be trusted. I can't wait to start the third and final book. Keep them coming Patrick. Such unusual, thought provoking stories.