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Mortal Chaos - Smart, Suspenseful Adventure
on 26 April 2012
'Mortal Choas' hinges on the idea of a 'Butterfly Effect' - that something as small as the beat of a butterfly's wings can produce a ripple that causes unimaginable effects across time and space.
The story then, consists of several interlinked plot lines featuring characters from around the globe whose lives become entangled in events caused by a single Purple Hairstreak butterfly in Wiltshire, England. The chapters are short (only a page or two in length) and each one switches between characters, the story told through varying view points throughout.
'Mortal Chaos' is a very smart and cleverly written story which is easy to follow (despite the constant switching between characters)and full of suspense and plenty of unexpected twists! The cause and effect ties between characters are also smartly done and never overly contrived and even though we only see small snap shots of their lives, the characters are well rounded and I found myself routing for a few of them along the way!
Although I enjoyed the story, the ending was a little unsatisfying for me as it was a bit too abrupt and left the characters almost hanging in the conclusion. It is possible that this is intentional - the conclusion, like the story itself, consisting only of a brief snapshot of cause and effect - I'd just have liked a bit more tying up of loose ends!
In sum: an original and smart story with a great cast of characters and lots of suspense! Worth a look!