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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness

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The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness is book #2 in the Chaos Walking series. If you haven’t read the first book, go here  ————–> The Knife of Never Letting Go. 

In the previous book, Todd and Viola had finally gotten to Haven after days and days of running from the army of Prentisstown. But right away, their hopes are crushed. The Prentisstown army has gotten there before them, and they have taken over all of Haven and renamed it New Prentisstown. Then begins this book, The Ask and the Answer. The moment they get taken by now titled President Prentiss. Viola is taken to the Healers, the “doctors” in a sense. Todd is made to work with the President’s son, Davy Prentiss. And they are given the worst job possible, banding. The Spackle. The Spackle creatures that were found on the New World. And the ones they all thought were defeated and extinct. Banding is where a metal band is put in the Spackle’s arm and cuts off all bloodflow in thier arm. If it is removed, though, they would die. It’s kind of like those African neck things…nevermind.

But back on the topic, while Todd is doing that with Davy, Viola is learning things about New Prentisstown. Viola feels a war coming on. And she must choose a side. Mistress Coyle and the Ask? President Prentiss and the Answer? What will Todd do? But whatever side she does choose, something is happening that will change the New World forever.

 

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Fear: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

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*Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read the first four books: Gone, Hunger, Lies, and Plague there are unescapable mentions of BIG happenings!

Character Statuses:

Fear by Michael Grant is #5 in the Gone series. I especially love the beginning of this book. You get to see a whole new side of Astrid. Instead of being the “needy girlfriend”, she’s “rough-and-tough” and living on her own in the woods, constantly torturing herself about the murder of her five-year-old brother, Little Pete, which was intended as a way to end the FAYZ. She is also wondering about Sam. What is he doing? Does he miss me? Has he moved on? But Astrid isn’t the only one who has changed. And speaking of Sam, he’s living the life. (Except for desperately missing and wanting Astrid.) At the Lake Sam, Brianna, Dekka, Edilio, and others are completely cared for and at peace for once in the FAYZ. And Sam is getting bored. Another surprise in the last book is that Diana, Caine’s had-been lover is also with Sam and the crew. And with her is Caine’s child. Yes, Diana is pregnant. At Perdido Beach, “King Caine” as he named himself, is in charge. Quinn and Albert both stayed with Caine at Perdido Beach: Quinn being the head fisherman and supplying the main food source for all of the FAYZ and Albert being the businessman he is, controlling the money. 

Problems/Conflicts:

Yet another problem has appeared in the FAYZ, but this time is not some horrific creature or sickness. This time, it comes in a something called the Stain. The Stain is just what it sounds like; a stain on the FAYZ wall. And the Stain is rising, and fast, which could lead to Sam’s worst fear: Darkness. If that happened, Sam wouldn’t know what to do. Also, you can’t run at the highest speeds in the dark! So Brianna, or “the Breeze” could be effected by this matter, too.

One more main problem. Again, it has to do with the Gaiaphage and the Drake/Brittney creature. Lana can hear it. Caine can hear it. All who have been touched by the Gaiaphage can hear it. The Gaiaphage needs to be born. And who happens to be conveniently carrying a baby? Mhm, that’s right: Diana. Because of this, Drake/Brittney is trying desperately to get to Diana.

This is book #5, the one before the last book of the series, which is coming out in 2013, sadly. 😦 On the bright side, this is NOT the last book of the series! We still have one more amazing read! 🙂

Sneak Peaks, not Spoilers: 

    • One of the main characters turns out to be gay, and I’ll go ahead and let you know, it’s NOT SAM! (Sigh of relief!)
    • The Breeze has a major let down moment and helps out the Gaiaphage without meaning to.
    • Someone gets back at Caine by putting his hands in a block of cement, just like he and Drake did to her and others.
    • Something sad happens to Cigar 😦

     Happy Reading!

Plague: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

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They’ve survived the starvation and the hunger. They’ve survived the backstabbing and the lies. But now another challenge faces them: plague. For a short while, there has been peace in the FAYZ. But soon Dahra Baidoo’s hospital is filling up with sick, coughing children. This isn’t like any other cough. It’s something not even Lana “The Healer” can heal. This is where kids are hacking up their own insides. Yeah, gross. And deadly. And sadly, that’s not the only thing wrong. As Sam discovers on Hunter “the hunter”, there are also little devious bugs eating people from the inside out. Yeah, that’s gross too. With their reflective little shells, these bugs can’t be burnt by Sam’s glowing green fire. They can only be crushed. With really big rocks. While all of this is happening, Caine and Diana are on an island that once belonged to two movie stars eating and doing whatever they want.

The Darkness, or the Gaiaphage, is back too, if it was ever truly destroyed. And it’s reaching out for one thing, its “Nemesis” as it calls it. The Gaiaphage is using its faithful (and psycho) servant,  the Drake/Brittney creature to get exactly what it wants. Nemesis is Little Pete: Astrid’s five-year-old autistic brother so powerful that he started the FAYZ without even meaning to. Nemesis could be the very thing that the Gaiaphage needs to be reborn into the creature that can overpower everything and take over the world! Yeah, very supervillan-ey. And because Gaia means Earth, and Phage means eater, Gaiaphage must mean EARTH EATER and that can’t be good.

Although it was really gross, I loved this book. With each book, there is more gross stuff and more bad stuff, like love….and a little bit of cursing, but not really anything too bad. Sometimes during this book, I wanted to throw up just because it was so descriptive. But that’s what you get when you read a horror book, I guess. MILD SPOILERS/HINTS: Someone gets pregnant! Sam gets drunk in the beginning!

If you haven’t read any of the Gone books, I highly recommend them. Also, check out my reviews of the other books before this one! They are Gone, Hunger, and Lies. 

Happy Reading!          

Lies: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

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Lies by Michael Grant book #3 in the Gone series. It’s been several months since all of the adults have disappeared and the bubble around Perdido Beach, California known as “the FAYZ” has appeared. All in one night, Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach. A girl who was once dead is rumoured to have been seen walking along the streets. Drake, the horrible psycho “Whip Hand” is back from the dead not to kill, but torture the people he despises most with his tentacle-ish whip-hand. And among the list of people he despises is Sam, the person who fears him most. And this time, Drake cannot be killed. Immortal. Orsay, the Prophetess claims that there is a way to get out of the FAYZ besides the big poof: Death. As Sam and Astrid grow farther and farther apart and in this book you will not be able to stand Astrid! I have to admit, she gets really annoying. Together, the team of Sam, Brianna “The Breeze”, Dekka, and Edilio try to stop most of the big problems in the FAYZ! Oh, and here’s a sneak peek: Cannibalism! Yeah, gross and very desperate! But I won’t tell you who!

This whole book series is awesome. The first two books are Gone and Hunger. As far as I recall, there isn’t really any serious bad stuff in this book aside from a few curse words. The Gone series is definetely for some Stephen King fans and lovers of horror books! The story is awesome and the characters totally make the story what it is.    

Happy Reading!

Hunger: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant

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Hunger by Michael Grant is the second book in the Gone series. It has been three months since the huge barrier known as the FAYZ wall has trapped everyone under the age of 15 in a huge bubble known as the FAYZ: Fallout Alley Youth Zone. Caine awakes from a strange period of sleeping and dreaming, only to find later that his mind is hooked to the Gaiaphage. Starvation is silently creeping into the FAYZ, like a shadow. Food is running out very quickly. And just like the kids of Perdido Beach, the Gaiaphage is hungry.  The whole Gone series is great. If you haven’t read the first book, Gone, click to see my review of it!

Happy Reading!

Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Dracula by Bram Stoker starts out where Jonathan Harker is on his way to Castle Dracula to finalize the purchase of Carfax Abbey. (I have no idea what that is!) Once he gets there, he finds himself trapped inside. No way out of the building. While staying there, he discovers some mysterious, horrifying secrets about Count Dracula. Mina Murray, Jonathan’s fiance, is writing back and forth with Lucy Westenra, her best friend. Meanwhile, Lucy is being proposed to by three different men: John Seward, Arthur Holmwood, and Quincey Morris. All of these people, plus Dr. Van Hesling seek out on an adventure to kill Dracula- once and for all. *Spoiler Alert!* One of these people gets bitten, and turns into a vampire themselves!

The whole book is written from different peoples’ journals. This is how it tells how everything is happening. But depending on the person, it only lets on a certain amount of information, so that is really cool. The book is never written from Count Dracula’s perspective, and it keeps you wondering the whole time! Not just anyone can read this book, though. The speech is very confusing. Most of the time, I had to read the paragraph about three, four, or even five times before I could understand it. Or I had to use my context clues. This part of a letter from Mina Murray-Harker to Lucy Westenra:

“I found my dear one, oh, so thin and pale and weak-looking. All of the resolution has gone out of his dear eyes, and that quiet dignity which I told you was in his face has vanished. He is only a wreck of himself, and he does not remember anything that has happened to him for a long time past. At least, he wants me to believe so, and I shall never ask. He has had some terrible shock, and I fear it might tax his poor brain if he were to try recall it.”

*Spoiler Alert!* That is from when Jonathan gets back from Castle Dracula.

I loved reading  a book written in 1897! That was so cool to me. I loved the story to this book. It was romance, suspense, mystery, and adventure. I highly recommend this book, if you’ve got the chops.

*Note: Dracula has also been turned into a movie that I am too scared to see.

Happy Reading!

Gone by Michael Grant

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Gone by Michael Grant may be one of my new favorite books! One minute Mr. Trentlake is there, standing at the board teaching about the Civil War, when poof, he’s gone. As Sam takes a double-take, kids start panicking. Sam comes to realize that every adult or teenager 15 and older is just…just…gone. But then bullies rise. The little babies and toddlers are left by themselves. There are no hospitals. No teachers. No parents. No cops. Also, gone is cell phones, internet and television.  The kids from Coates Academy come over to Perdido Beach. And they clearly have their leader: Caine, the charming, smooth-talking 14-year-old from Coates Academy. As Caine and his posse control and rule over the kids of Perdido Beach, weird things start happening. The animals start mutating. A seagull with talons like a hawk. But it doesn’t stop there. The kids themself start mutating, developing new skills and powers. A little girl shooting fire out of her hands. A boy squeezing something too hard and putting finger marks into the metal. I love this book and it kept me hooked the whole way!

What I especially love about this book is that throughout the story, it keeps throwing in little, tiny characters and by the end of the story, they are one of the main characters! This book is probably for tweens and teens. There are just a few curse words, and not any of the horrible ones. Gone is fast-paced action, adventure, and a little bit of romance. Especially the romance part closer to the end of the book. This book is part of the Gone series, all by Michael Grant. I highly recommend this book! and I hope you read it!

Happy Reading!