aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Patrick Ness talks about The Chaos Walking trilogy

I was a big fan of The Knife of Never Letting Go [full disclosure: except for the death of a particular character and the book ending on a major cliffhanger.] Now I’m reading The Ask and the Answer. It is a flat-out page turner. It’s got some sci-fi elements (settlers coming to new planets) and some fantasy elements (ability to read others' thoughts) and some dystopian elements (things are pretty bad and get worse). And it’s also an amazingly fast read. Ness does a lot with single-sentence paragraphs, which I’m now thinking I should utilize more.

Publishers Weekly ran a long interview with the author, which you can read here. I like his thoughts about creating girl characters who aren’t stereotypical, and also his underlying message about the dangers of conformity.

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