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Mortal Chaos

Written by Matt Dickinson

Key Stage 3 Adventure Stories

LoveReading View on Mortal Chaos

'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


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Mortal Chaos a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title.

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.


Mortal Chaos Synopsis

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

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Mortal Chaos Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192757135
Publication date: 2nd February 2012
Author: Matt Dickinson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Adventure Stories

About Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with a passion for climbing and adventure. During his filmmaking career he has worked as a director/cameraman for National Geographic television, the Discovery Channel, the BBC and Channel 4. His film projects have taken him to Antarctica, Africa and the Himalaya, often in the company of the world’s leading climbers and expeditioners. His most notable film success was ‘Summit Fever’ in which Matt reached the summit of Everest via the treacherous North Face. His book The Death Zone tells the true story of that ascent and ...

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