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Chronosphere Book 2: Malfunction Paperback – 1 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Book House (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907184562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907184567
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,957,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"fluid, concise and entertaining... a pleasant surprise" (The Bookbag)

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Alex Woolf was born in Willesden Green, North London. He studied History and Politics at university. He spent his 20s riding his motorbike, travelling and working, including a brief stint as a dish-washer in a roach-infested restaurant in Florida. Since 2001, he has been an editor and author of children's books and has written on a wide range of subjects, from spiders to Nazis. Alex lives in North London with his Italian wife and two children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Harris on 6 Sept. 2011
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'Malfunction' is a page-turner. It picks up right where the first book left off; Chronosphere Book 1: Time out of Time did the legwork of introducing us to the weird and wonderful Chronosphere, and to our principal characters, leaving this sequel free to drop us straight into the action.

This book fulfils its promise and provides satisfying answers to many of the mysteries introduced in its predecessor, expanding character histories and revealing something of the true nature and intended purpose of the sphere. While doing this it maintains a relentless sense of peril that makes it nigh impossible to put down.

If you enjoyed the first book, you should purchase this without hesitation. I'm looking forward to the third!
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By JAI on 14 Sept. 2011
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In his sequel to Time Out of Time, the first Chronosphere novel, Alex Woolf picks up precisely where he left off and dives quickly into the action without fuss or preamble. However, for those of us who have not read the first book, or did so six months ago when it was first published, there is a helpful 'story so far' opening section to jog the memory and set the scene.

The pace in Book II is very different from Book I: almost breathlessly fast. Within pages the 'Malfunction' that ails the Sphere is in full spate and the Utopian society of young people having a good time (out of time) degenerates into anarchy and gang war in a matter of a few short chapters. While Time Out of Time was infused with a deep sense of constant unease, of imminent change and decay, of deep corruption barely concealed by a sickly-sweet sugar coating of paradise, Malfunction strips away all mystery very quickly, and asserts itself as an all-out action adventure of good against evil, with pitch battles, rivalry, quests, rescues, setbacks and nick-of-time interventions. Even the true purpose of the Sphere is revealed with little ceremony by a damaged dreamer-girl with father hunger who, chillingly, clearly has no full conception of the implications of her words.

I read Malfunction in a single day. Alex Woolf is a very good story-teller: he knows how to grip his audience and drag them headlong into his world without ever letting go. And it's not over yet: Part III, Ex Tempora, is out next year.
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I really enjoyed Malfunction. It moved along at a furious pace but still described the characters' motivations and dilemmas. This world within a world is terrifying, the situation of the central teenage characters is desperate but we care what happens to them. It's creative science fiction; disturbing, thought provoking and action-packed.

I am looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.
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By Fire Dragon on 13 May 2015
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The first book was fantastic, and this second novel in the Chronosphere is just as brilliant. The quality of the writing is superb, and the story itself never dulls for a moment.
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wow what a book, page turner right from the beginning. Recommended for all types of readers, looking forward to part3!!
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