- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Scribo (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: 2,635,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chronosphere Book 2: Malfunction Paperback – 1 Sep 2011
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"fluid, concise and entertaining... a pleasant surprise." --The Bookbag
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
I am looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.