The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness is a book that teaches people how to respond to different kind of situations, it defines the real nature of human beings, how we feel and how we make our choices. The war Mr. Ness argues he portrays that there is no good nor bad deed, he impersonates Todd and Viola with characters of making hard decisions that might seam bad to others and good to other people at the same time. The characters are held between the hard choices to make with hash consequences to follow suit. The reader becomes personally involved for the loyalty and the mess that proceeds.
President Prentiss is a dictator and who forces people to follow whatever he deems fit, for instance he captures Todd and Viola, and in fact tells Todd that he is the one who killed the Spackle. Mistress Coy on the other hand is portrayed as an activist who fights for the rights and also she is involved in bombing of the New Prentiss Town (the Speckle war; “The Answer”). Mayor Leger is kidnapped for doing nothing but he remains loyal to the President. The president forms a counter intelligent group known as “The Question” to counter “The Answer”. Patrick the author displays the president as an inhuman person whereby he kills his own son David, even after the son struggles for his approval.
The book is climaxes when Todd holds president Prentiss hostage in the same room where Todd had been held captive. This leaves readers in stitches as the villain becomes the victim. At last Viola and Lee who were on the verge of death are freed.
Ness, Patrick. The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking. New York: Walker Books, 2009.Print