Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson

Publisher’s blurb

‘The Butterfly Effect ‘: the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever. When a butterfly startles a young rabbit, and the rabbit makes a horse rear, it starts a chain of events, over the course of one day, that will change people’s lives . . . and end people’s lives. From a climber on Everest to a boy in Malawi . . . from a commercial pilot to an American psycho . . . the chaos knows no bounds. This heart-stopping adventure by writer, film maker and climber Matt Dickinson will leave readers breathless. It’s the book Jack Bauer would have read as a teenager!

Further information

Matt Dickinson’s website

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9 comments on “Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson

  1. First impression
    Cover: The cover put us off considerably, we felt there was too much going on, and the cluttered appearance made us think that the book was of low maturity.
    Blurb: The general synopis of the book was captivating and interesting, without being bulked with excess information. It made us curious and encouraged us to read further.
    General storyline: The storyline is interesting – the literary skills aren’t immature (commonly associated with teenaged democratic books), and the hypothesise put forward did not only entertain us, but changed our current perspective of chaos theory.

  2. I think the cover puts me off it’s not very good.

  3. I disagree, I think the cover attracted me to this book mainly because of how everything is blue except from the butterfly. The way everything is connected is really interesting and I think the idea of something so small affecting other things which are bigger is very interesting. It is really cool how everything is linked and I love how Matt Dickinson is writing from experience in many ways.

  4. I agree with Zilke, this was the first book I read from the longlist because the cover appealed to me. I think this is quite an adult story, most of the main characters are adults. The book does start off quite slowly, with the descriptions of the butterfly emerging from the cocoon and the forest, but once it gets going you are eager to find out how all the separate strands are going to come together. The way the author connects all of the different stories is very clever and the climax is very exciting. Another one to add to your list of “must reads.”

  5. I also agree with Zilke, this book is one of the most exciting books i have read so far and I cannot wait to read more.

  6. ‘Mortal Chaos’ by Matt Dickinson is very good and interesting. Unlike some people i thought the cover was attractive and eye catching in stead of reppeling. 9 out of 10

  7. Starts off quite slow but after that it becomes very gripping and enjoyable but some points were quite hard to understand. Overall, really good book.

  8. Personally I think the front cover of the book was slightly off-putting but the blurb really drew me in. The book jumping from place to place confused me a little but overall it was a very exciting book with a great story line. I would recommend it to people who like a fast moving and exciting plot.

  9. I thought this book was excellent. The story was captivating and the suspense throughout the chapters kept me reading. It was very interesting to find out how the events unfolded. The way all the chapters interlinked with each other was amazing and it took me all the way until the end to fully understand it. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

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