Monday, March 1, 2010

The Ask and Answer (#2 Chaos Walking Trilogy)

Todd and Viola are now in New Prentisstown, formerly Haven before it was invaded by Mayor (now President) Prentiss, a sly, cunning nut with remarkable powers of persuasion. The two are separated. Viola goes to a healing center and Todd becomes a prisoner answerable to the Mayor’s son, Davy Prentiss who makes him work. Their job is to force the enslaved Spackles (the original species of this planet) to dig with only their hands a foundation without enough sustenance.
Davy and Todd are required to brand the Spackle as if they were cattle The females led by Mistress Coyne who is in charge of the healing center, take up arms against the tyranny of the males: they form “The Answer” The Mayor forces Todd and Davy into “The Ask” and are surprised when a third group joins the battle.
The pace is less frantic than in The Knife of Never Letting Go, but that does not mean less happens It takes a while to get into the book, but it manages to end as a cliffhanger, making you want to read the next.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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