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The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking, Book Two

By: Patrick Ness

Todd and Viola thought they would find rescue in the town of Haven. Instead they are captured by Mayor Prentiss, who has conquered most human settlements on the planet. When the mayor imprisons Todd, Viola joins an opposition group, hoping to save Todd-and their world-from the mayor's wicked machinations.

ISBN: 9780763644901

JLG Release: Nov 2009


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Torture, Violence: Genocide
Topics: Science fiction , Space colonies , Social problems , Abuse of power , Rebellion , Terrorism , Torture , Telepathy

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Awards & Honors

Booklist The Best of Editors’ Choice 2009; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2009

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

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In this sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd, believing Viola to be a traitor, colludes with Prentiss. The struggle to reconcile Todd's supposed innocence with his unforgivable actions will provoke as much thought as the depictions of slavery, genocide, and torture. Ness's fascinating world, with its fully formed characters and conf In this sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd, believing Viola to be a traitor, colludes with Prentiss. The struggle to reconcile Todd's supposed innocence with his unforgivable actions will provoke as much thought as the depictions of slavery, genocide, and torture. Ness's fascinating world, with its fully formed characters and conflicts, draws attention to difficult issues with unblinking candor.

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• Excellent plotting, as in The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in this planned trilogy.
• The almost impeccably precise series of events builds to a genuinely surprising and satisfying conclusion.
• Strong, memorable characters. Mayor Prentiss is so smart and deceptive that the reader will almost admire him, a

• Excellent plotting, as in The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book in this planned trilogy.
• The almost impeccably precise series of events builds to a genuinely surprising and satisfying conclusion.
• Strong, memorable characters. Mayor Prentiss is so smart and deceptive that the reader will almost admire him, and he’s an excellent villain.
• The book addresses issues such as torture, power, and moral slipperiness—and even the Holocaust—in ways that don’t grate or seem labored or inappropriate.
• Great cliffhanger chapter endings throughout.
• Readers will be left with a feeling of “I can’t wait to read what happens next and I have no idea what’s going to happen next.” They will look forward to the final book in the trilogy.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763644901

First Release

November 2009

Genre

Science fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

528

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.6; Points: 16;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 26;

Lexile

Level 770L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Torture, Violence: Genocide

Topics

Science fiction, Space colonies, Social problems, Abuse of power, Rebellion, Terrorism, Torture, Telepathy,

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