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PublisherOxford University Press
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Publication date2nd February 2012
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'The Butterfly Effect' - otherwise known as the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever - is the central premise of this stunning debut. This heart-stopping adventure by writer, film maker and climber Matt Dickinson will leave readers breathless. Heart-stopping and adrenalin fuelled, Mortal Chaos flashes between four locations and a number characters around the world including the North Face if Everest, Washington DC, Wiltshire and Malawi. It's the book Jack Bauer would have read as a teenager!
Shortlisted for the Key Stage 3 category of Brilliant Books, Oldham Schools’ Book Award
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Here’s a taster from one of the reviews. “I can honestly say that anybody who has not read this book is truly missing out on one of the best fictional adventures of their lifetime." Scroll down to read the rest of this review and all the reader reviews.
SynopsisMortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson
In the woods of Wiltshire two young boys are deer hunting, on the perilous North Face of Mount Everest an 18-year-old Japanese climber is approaching the summit, in a dusty field in Malawi, six-year-old Bakili is desperately guarding what’s left of his starving family’s crops from vicious baboons and in Washington DC there's an unhinged father, hooked on revenge, who is building a bomb…
One beat of a butterfly’s wings sets in motion a global chain of events that links all of these individual lives, and many more besides, for one day. And as each of their lives connect, they hurtle towards a nerve-jangling climax of mayhem and destruction where chaos knows no bounds. Some will live. Some will die. All are connected.
There are three books in the Mortal Chaos Series
Mortal Chaos - Published January 2012
Mortal Chaos: Deep Oblivion - Published Autumn 2012
Mortal Chaos: Speed Freaks - out January 2013
For more information visit www.mortalchaos.com.
Jack Wilkinson, age 10 This is the most gripping book I’ve ever read and I couldn’t put it down. When my teacher said it was the end of reading time I was disappointed as I just wanted to keep on reading. Click here to read the full review
Lewis Morrissey, age 10 This is a complicated story for advanced readers. I rate this as a 4/5 star book and highly recommend it. Click here to read the full review
Ellen McTeague age 11 a MUST READ. Awesome!!! Click here to read the full review
Jack Graham the storytelling is genius. Matt Dickinson describes the remote places extremely well... Click here to read the full review
Jackie Ash I got to a point in the book where I just got completely hooked and just had to keep reading to see how the story unfolded ... Click here to read the full review
Kalilah K it's a fast-paced thriller with a generous drizzle of epicness. Utterly devourable... Click here to read the full review
Josh Travers I can honestly say that anybody who has not read this book is truly missing out on one of the best fictional adventures of their lifetime... Click here to read the full review
Emer O'Brien It is filled with high octane adventure, and your heart will be pumping all the way ... Click here to read the full review
Delilah Acworth I would recommend this book to teenagers and young adults who don't mind desperation and some gory chapters ... Click here to read the full review
Ellen McTeague This book is so clever and a very exciting read with short chapters and I really enjoyed reading it... Click here to read the full review
Caitlin Kerlin This was a really enjoyable book and I knew from the start that I was going to like it ... Click here to read the full review
Courtney McCrory It was a pretty amazing story and I hope Matt Dickinson writes more ... Click here to read the full review
Alicia Lagan age 12 it is just filled with suspence and drama ... Click here to read the full review
Rachel Bourn It’s fast-paced, original, and very well written. It’s just brilliant. Click here to read the full review
Morgan Steigmann Aged 13 This book is probably the most action-packed novel I have ever read, crammed full with information and an excellent story line Click here to read the full review
Emily Setchell All in all a great book which I would recommend to anyone! Click here to read the full review
Robin Johansson Mortal chaos is an intense, gripping page-turner with endless twists and turns making it impossible to put down until the very last paragraph.Click here to read the full review
Praise for Matt Dickinson:
"A first novel of rare power and intensity" - The Irish Times
"Compelling and action-filled" - The Daily Mail
About The Author
Matt Dickinson is a writer and film-maker with an enduring (and sometimes dangerous) passion for wild places and people who push themselves to their limits. He was trained as a film maker at the BBC and has subsequently filmed many award-winning documentaries for National Geographic Television, Discovery Channel and Channel 4.
As a director and cameraman he has worked with some of the world’s top climbers and adventurers, joining them on their expeditions to the Himalayas and beyond. Along the way he has survived some life-threatening dramas including an avalanche in Antarctica and a killer storm on Everest.
Matt’s proudest moment was filming on the summit of Mount Everest having successfully scaled the treacherous North Face of the world’s highest peak. He is only the fifth British climber ever to do so, and his account of his ascent – The Death Zone – was a bestselling book, selling over 250,00 copies. His writing credits also include two novels for adults, High Risk and Black Ice, both published in the UK and in numerous foreign editions. Mortal Chaos is the first book in Matt’s adrenaline-fuelled three-book series for teens.
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