A Grade-A Sequel

Guest Post by Natalie Hess.

This sequel to The Knife of Never Letting Go literally made me gasp and have to pause the audiobook to process all of my life decisions on multiple occasions. At the start of this book Viola and Todd have just made it to Haven, and based on the recent events that occurred at the end of the previous book, they are expecting a war, but that is not what happens at all. The town doesn’t try to fight at all, and they are overtaken by Mayor Prentiss as he tries to completely change the ways that all of these people live.

It was really cool that we got to read from both Viola’s and Todd’s perspectives as we watched them be repeatedly separated and reunited. Their romance is their main motivation for all of their actions without completely taking over the story and it’s such a great balance.

The concept of corrupt leaders and having to choose sides is so interesting to read in this book because both options seem terrible and everyone seems to be hurting people and only trying to make the situation even worse than it already is. This gave me major Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins and The Maze Runner by James Dashner vibes so if you enjoyed either of those, I think you’ll definitely like this. Like the first book, I also gave this one 4 stars.


The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness. Candlewick Press, July 2014.

Reviewer bio: I’m Natalie Hess and I’m simply a high school student who LOVES reading everything from scifi to romance to nonfiction and everything in between. I also love sharing my thoughts and I hope you enjoy!

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