The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson

62%

10 Critic Reviews

I could not fathom what the heck was going on after The Chaos started. I really couldn’t believe what I was reading at some points and to think the ending made up for it?
-Book Nerd

Synopsis

Navigate between myth and chaos in this “journey filled with peril, self-discovery, and terrifying moments” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Sixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn’t feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother—and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she’s ever known—and she knows that the black shadowy entity that’s begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.

A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.
 

About Nalo Hopkinson

See more books from this Author
Nalo Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous novels and short stories for adults. Nalo grew up in Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana before moving to Canada when she was sixteen. This is her first young adult novel. Visit her online at NaloHopkinson.com.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
Bookmark Counts:
1
Want to Read
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Chaos
All: 10 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 05 2012

Hopkinson’s use of language and imagery is almost magical, and her characters add much-appreciated diversity to the genre.

Read Full Review of The Chaos | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Los Angeles Review of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Nnedi Okorafor on May 09 2012

Hopkinson places you on a great wave of magical mash-up. By the time she spills you back on land, you'll have grown fins.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

Locus Mag

Excellent
Reviewed by Melanie on Apr 28 2012

And, we are given to understand, The Chaos isn’t simply a local Toronto phenomenon, but is world-wide – and it can lead to real-world fatalities.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

Verve Girl

Below average
Reviewed by VG-Giselle

It was midly entertaining minus the sub-par plot.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

The Book Smugglers

Good
Reviewed by Ana on May 02 2012

The Chaos is an interesting book but one that I didn’t quite love.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

reutreads

Good
Reviewed by Reut on Apr 14 2012

This book can be summed up in one word–unique. Completely unlike anything you’ve ever read. Guaranteed. I think you should give it a shot.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

Book Nerd

Below average
Reviewed by Giselle on Apr 18 2012

I could not fathom what the heck was going on after The Chaos started. I really couldn’t believe what I was reading at some points and to think the ending made up for it?

Read Full Review of The Chaos

Fantasy Works

Good
Reviewed by Casey on Apr 26 2012

This book delves into the questions of identity and perception really deeply and from dozens of angles, and that I loved.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

Starlady

Below average
Reviewed by Starlady on May 07 2012

But…for all that I liked this book, and I appreciated it, I rarely felt any deep emotional connection to the characters.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

The Happy Nappy Bookseller

Below average
Reviewed by Doret on May 07 2012

Also it's uniqueness allows it stand out from other YA fantasy novels. However the author does not depend on the strangeness to carry the story.

Read Full Review of The Chaos

Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

Lectus cn

Lectus cn 5 Sep 2013

Added the book to want to read list

×