The ask and the answer book
The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness - review | Children's books | The GuardianThe events follow -"Kiki TV". In the town square, President Prentiss has called a meeting for all residents of New Prentisstown. He threatens to execute the previous Mayor of Haven, Mayor Ledger, in front of the gathered crowd to demonstrate his power, but stops short and bewilders his audience. Todd, having witnessed all this from his new prison in the town bell tower, recognises this technique as the same he was subjected. He wills the audience not to submit. Back at the House of Healing, Viola has finally recovered enough to help Mistress Coyle and begins an apprenticeship as a healer.
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BOOK REVIEW: The Ask And The Answer by Patrick Ness
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It was published on 4 May by Walker Books. The story follows Todd Hewitt, a year-old boy held captive by the mayor of New Prentisstown. He is forced to live in the town's clock tower with the previous Mayor, Con Ledger. He has also separated the males and females, and imprisons all domestic Spacks who live in the town. The Mayor organises a speech as the rest of his army marches in. He expresses his displeasure at the easiness of taking over, claiming that the people will pay for the lack of war.
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The tension created within this book is palpable, it turns this book into a rampant, unrelenting adventure that takes the reader on a journey they will never forget with consequences that lead our beloved characters to the brink of death and back again…but what is going to be left of this world, the town and of our brave souls Todd and Viola. The Mayor is now called the President and with this name change comes a tyrannical reign of terror, deception and fear. The townsfolk of Haven rolled over in surrender of the approaching army from Prentisstown and are now ruled with an iron fist, submitting to his invasion and coming to terms with his demands on the city. But something is rising that will change everything forever. The President appears to be playing Todd off against his love and desire of Viola, ensnaring Todd in his masterplan that Ness does well to keep a tight lid on throughout the book, with us only finding out his reasoning in the cliffhanger left at the end of the book. Todd is sent to work with Davy the Presidents son the man who shot Viola. Todd fights every urge he has to destroy Davy for his part in this whole sorry affair, sometimes this urge spilling over into acts of violence, but will his rage get the better of him?