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Monsters of Men: A Chaos Walking Novel
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December 5, 2009 posted by Nikki

Monsters of Men: A Chaos Walking Novel

The third novel in Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking trilogy, Monsters of Men, has an official cover! Take a look:

On his blog, Patrick had this to say about the cover:

“Like the others, this just gives a slight impression.  The book itself will be black and the white printing will be on clear acetate sleeve like The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer, with the Noise stretching all over the spine and the back, too.  Wait ’til you see it for real, it’s awesome.

The US cover is also underway, and I’ll debut that as soon as I can (it’s looking pretty great, too).”

At yaReads, we’re very excited about the release of this book. So what do you think? Love, or hate?

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July 15, 2009 posted by Nikki

Chaos Walking Giveaway: The Ask and the Answer

Courtesy of Walker Books, and in conjunction with our Editor’s Pick for this month, we’re happy to announce that we have five Chaos Walking prize packs to giveaway. The prize packs contain one copy of The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (book two in the Chaos Walking trilogy) and an Ask and Answer poster. All you have to do is leave your name in the comment field below! Contest closes July 30.

Product Description: We were in the square, in the square where I’d run, holding her, carrying her, telling her to stay alive, stay alive till we got safe, till we got to Haven so I could save her – But there weren’t no safety, no safety at all, there was just him and his men. 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 t 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. “The Ask and the Answer” is a tense, shocking and deeply moving novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure. This is the second book in the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.

A Chaos Walking Novel: The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness
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July 7, 2009 posted by Nikki

A Chaos Walking Novel: The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness

“Your Noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.”
A voice –
In the darkness –
Everything is shadows and blur and it feels like the world’s spinning and my blood is too hot and my brain is clogged and I can’t think and it’s dark –
I blink again.
Wait –
No,
wait
Just now, just
now we were in the square –
Just now she was in my arms –
She was
dying in my arms –
“Where is she?” I spit into the dark, tasting my blood, my voice croaking, my Noise rising like a sudden hurricane, high and red and furious. “
WHERE IS SHE?”

This is how the second novel in the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Ask and the Answer, begins. My heart was thumping as I read every single word. Every single freaking word, and it did not stop thumping until the end, some 519 pages later. Even then, I had to take a walk around the block just to calm myself down.

For those that have read the first book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, you’ll be well aware that readers were left dangling in the midst of one hell of a cliffhanger ending. Fortunately, this installment picks up right where that one left off, only now our two protagonists are no longer together. Todd has no idea where Viola is, or even if she’s alive. But the Mayor (actually, that’s Mr President to you now, thank you very much) promises Todd she’s alive and that he’ll get to see her soon. Todd has nothing else to go off and has to believe what he’s being told. He just has to. The thought of Viola not being alive any more is just too much to contemplate. He tried to save her; he tried with everything he had. What if it wasn’t enough?

I know what you’re thinking. If Viola isn’t with Todd, how are we supposed to know what happened to her? Fear not, special readers, as Patrick Ness is the God of all Gods right now and he definitely factored that in. Viola fans will be super pleased to hear that she has her own point of view in this installment, which means – obviously – that she’s alive. But she doesn’t know where Todd is, either, doesn’t know if Todd is even still alive. The President has her being held ‘captive’ and wont tell her a thing. The President is no fool, and he knows better than anyone that keeping Viola and Todd apart is imperative if he wants to see out his plans successfully.

Can you imagine what would happen if they were ever reunited, what they could achieve as a team? Would it be their connection be as strong as it was before? Would they still need each other so desperately? Maybe you’ll find out, but then again, maybe you wont…

Todd grows a whole freaking lot in this novel. He displays the maturity and strength of character of someone much older than just thirteen. In fact, at times, I found it hard to believe (in an astoundingly impressed way) that someone of his age would know so much, would have the emotional capacity to feel the way he does. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with Todd – even if he is only thirteen years old.

I adored reading Viola’s point of view, as well. Readers are afforded the privilege of stepping inside her mind and witnessing first hand how she thinks – and honestly, I can see now why Todd likes her so much. She’s a fierce, strong girl with a remarkable capacity for compassion. She’s a fantastic heroine, and a great role model for young girls everywhere.

The Ask and the Answer is completely unputdownable. I read the entire 519 pages in one sitting, not even stopping to go to the loo. This is one series I know I’ll read over and over again in the years to come.

Rating:: ★★★★★

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July 1, 2009 posted by Nikki

New Chaos Walking Short Story Available

Fans of Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking Trilogy (The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer) will be exciting about this! Patrick has published a short story, focusing on a certain little girl who crash landed on Earth.

According to Patrick, “It’s a brand new, exclusive, FREE short story from the world of Chaos Walking written for my Writer In Residency at Booktrust. And it might, just possibly contain hints of things to come in books three, but I couldn’t possibly comment otherwise…”

Click here for the story.

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February 10, 2009 posted by Nikki

Chaos Walking 2: The Ask and the Answer Cover!

This just in from Patrick Ness’s blog:

And here it is, the promised first peek at the UK cover for “The Ask and the Answer”.

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The Big A is in foil on the hardcover and all the blue printing is on the clear acetate sleeve.  Pretty nifty, eh?  Wait ’til you see it in person.  The US cover (not coming out until September) is different, but this UK one will be out 4 May.  Not long to go.

I’ll be back to the diary in a couple weeks (it’s coming time for a redesign here, so I’m looking into it) with a nice little announcement or two.

So what do we think folks? I’m stoked about this. I can’t wait for the book release!

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February 4, 2009 posted by Nikki

Chaos Walking 2: The Ask and The Answer

Fans of the Patrick Ness book, The Knife of Never Letting Go, will be pleased to know that the second book in the series, The Ask and The Answer, will be available for purchase in the UK in May. If you’re in Australia you’ll have to wait till July, but its he Americans that fair the worst, with the book not available in the States till September.

Here’s a sneak peak:

“Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola the last few feet into Haven…  And right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss.

“In exchange for Viola’s safety, Todd is forced to work with the Mayor in creating a new society for the settlers to come, one based on bringing an ominous-sounding order to the chaos of New Prentisstown.

“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…

“Tense, shocking and deeply moving, The Ask and the Answer is a terrifying novel of resistance under the most extreme pressure.”

Stay tuned for more info. Cover art coming soon!