A year ago, The Knife of Never Letting Go was the featured book for December. As the first book was so great, it’s only right that we now continue reading this trilogy with book #2, The Ask and the Answer. For those unaware of what the Chaos Walking series is about; it’s a young adult series set in a dystopian world where males can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. A young man named Todd is told that a virus killed all of the women in the world, but after fleeing from his town he discovers a girl named Viola who can also hear his thoughts, but he cannot hear hers.

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For those who have read the first book and will be joining in to read the second book, here’s a short recap of what happened at the end of The Knife of Never Letting Go. Beware of spoilers!

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“After the debacle in the church, they run into Prentiss Jr. They manage to run from him, but not before he shoots Viola in the stomach. Todd carries Viola the rest of the way.

And here’s the grand finale. After this fiasco, they get to Haven. And it’s completely empty— except for Mayor Prentiss. He welcomes them to his New World Order and introduces himself as President Prentiss. Dun dun dun… Get ready for the sequel, Shmoopers.”

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The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking book #2) Synopsis

“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. This is the second title in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.”