The Ask and the Answer


PUBLISHED BY: Walker Books / Candlewick Press

RRP: £7.99


The Ask and the Answer

Book 2 in the Chaos Walking trilogy.

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…

This tense, shocking and deeply moving novel won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Features a bonus short story, The Wide, Wide Sea. Introducing new characters and set before the events of The Ask and the Answer, it is a story of love and loyalty in a divided world.

“Chaos Walking is remarkable.”

The Times

“I would press the Chaos Walking trilogy urgently on anyone, anyone at all.”


“Mesmerizing, terrifying and tense.”


“A dazzlingly imagined, morally complex, compulsively plotted tale.”

Costa Book Awards Judges

A reading from The Ask and the Answer

In conversation with Patrick Ness

Chaos Walking trailer