My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had the pleasure of hearing Matt speak at a conference I attended, and was struck by his knowledge, enthusiasm and generosity as a speaker. If you have chance to hear him talk, then I’d highly recommend it. This was the first time I heard about Mortal Chaos and I was very keen to pick it up as a result.
Mortal Chaos is based around the concept of chaos theory; that where every action has a reaction that is impossible to predict, and yet inevitable, due to the interconnectedness of everything. So, for example, a butterfly could flap its wings in London and cause a hurricane in China.
This book is brilliantly structured with short, gaspy chapters (some of no more than a page), and a narrative with a world of different characters that are slowly drawn together and ultimately have all their connections revealed. I loved it. I really did. I always think it’s a good sign when you’re reading a book and you sort of just have to stop doing everything else you’re doing and this is exactly what I did with this book. The last third of Mortal Chaos just flew by and the ending itself is stunning.
It’s a passionate, bold book, that rings with a lot of truth. There’s not much high literary conceit going on here, but there is a lot of action and nailbiting-ness. This would be a really good book to introduce to lovers of Muchamore, and Horowitz, as there’s that similar sort of breathless (and exciting!) pace to it. It’s not solely a boys book though by any means, one of the central characters is Kuni, a female Japanese mountain climber. Her journey is particularly compelling and I’d welcome more time with her.
Mortal Chaos is an adventure and a half and it’s one that leaves you more than a little breathless at the end of it. Highly, highly recommended.