Publisher: Candlewick, 2010
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, YA
Where I Got It: Downloaded it on my Kindle
My Rating: 4 stars
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a review of the second book of the Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness. I previously reviewed the first book in the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go. This review assumes you have read the first book—so don’t go complaining to me if I spoil something for you. (However, as much as possible, I’ll avoid spoilers about what happens in the second book.)
Just as a reminder, if this book was an equation, it might read as follows:
YA/Dystopia x Sci-Fi + Classic Literary Themes = Inventive and Involving Book/Series
What’s different about this book?
Ness adds Viola as a narrator, which was a welcome addition. And, in a stroke of genius by either Ness or the publishers, Viola is given her own font so it is very easy to keep track of whether Todd or Viola are speaking.
Does it pick up where the first book left off?
Does the weird title make sense?
Yes. You find out a lot more about the history of New World and how Mayor Prentiss is not without enemies. Let’s just say it kind of turns into a “boys versus girls” type scenario.
Is this book better than the first one?
I though it was much better. I started getting bored by the repetitiveness of the “run/hide/run/hide” structure of the first book. This book stays in the town of Haven and chronicles what happens as Mayor Prentiss attempts to assert his control over all the New World colonists. Let’s just say a resistance movement is in place, and Todd and Viola find themselves on different sides.
Would you recommend it?