Author: Patrick Ness
First Published: May 4th 2009
Series: Chaos Walking #2
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopia
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Physical copy
My Rating: 8.5/10
This was a thrilling sequel to The Knife Of Never Letting Go. Following the cliffhanger from he first book, Todd and Viola are thrown into a new world completely under
The Answer is a rebel group of women who decide enough is enough and begin to fight back. On the outside, it seems like a good plan, but when we read further in and figure out more, the Answer isn't as good as it seems. I feel really bad for Viola, who learns over and over again that the only person she can really trust is herself.
The scary thing in this book, is that the lines between good and bad, right and wrong are all blurred beyond recognition. We have our major antagonist: President Prentiss. He's the main villain: tyrant, murderer, manipulator, etc. You get the idea. I stand by that he is a terrible person. *Spoiler alert* When he shot Davy - his own son! - without a care in the world, it was the most heartbreaking scene in the book. Not only was Davy betrayed by his father, but during his dying moments he believed he was betrayed by Todd, his friend. I nearly cried. :( *Spoiler over* But then the Answer - a rebel group - stands up against him. At the beginning, it sounds like the average rebel group, but that's when it gets really tricky. Who is the bad guy here? The tyrant or the bombers? It is really difficult to decide who is in the right and who is in the wrong. Unfortunately for our two young protagonists, they still believe strongly that there are only two classifications: right and wrong - nothing in between. That's why they're struggling to survive in this world.
Todd is definitely not the same person. He's no longer the young boy who couldn't kill. He's matured and grown up throughout the course of this book. Learning to control his Noise and emotions, he is withdrawn into his thoughts, unfeeling when he kills others. The one thing that hasn't changed is his feelings towards Viola. The two of them are a good team, even if they haven't spent much page time together. Okay, I may have lied a bit. Like 95% of this book is built on the separation of Viola and Todd, showing how each of them endure and survive in a new world. It's also built on their misunderstandings. That was painful to read.
I really liked how the Spackle were more developed in this book, since in the first book, they weren't the focus. Here, we have Spackle slaves in New Prentisstown, all mindless robots working till they die. There's one Spackle that I really want to learn more about, and he/she/it/they is/are 1017. I hope it's explored in the next book!
This ended on an ultimate cliffhanger, so I can't wait to read the final book! With a turn of events, things look even bleaker than before. I doubt they'll all survive, as usual. I hope Todd and Viola make it though, since they definitely deserve a peaceful life after everything they've been through!
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