Artis a reflection of life. It mirrors it with its good and bad sides. It mirrors the human nature, which is equally a part of life, with its good and evil sides. In The Ask and the Answer, Patrick Ness, skilfully, draws his characters, making them as life-like as they could be. Through the In The Ask and the Answer, Ness succeeds in creating a world inhabited by characters whose credibility stem from being accurate portrayals of people we see everyday though not in fiction.
A very important aspect of human nature, that of life-changing mistakes, is embodied by the characters of both Todd and Davy. Both have killed. Both have done an ‘unspeakable sin,’ yet this does not turn them evil. Davy killed (spoiler coming!) Ben and Todd had killed a Spackle. The act makes their hearts grow harder and harder until, at a certain point, the acts starts working as a wake-up call, instead. Although the struggle between good and evil inside the minds of the two boys seem endless, the greater share of both sides – the good inside them – eventually wins.
Through his round characters, Ness tells his readers much about their fellow humans. In general, The Ask and the Answer speaks a lot about the world we live in. Under the story about the struggle of a nation is a mirror of life; life and its gray areas which lie between black and white.