Review: Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory by M. Evonne Dobson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Seventeen-year-old Kami is into science, way smarter than she should be, a little obtuse, and born to investigate. The kind of girl who excels in Martial Arts and runs a chaos theory experiment in her locker.

Kami finds a way to focus her talents when she meets Daniel, whose younger sister Julia died from an overdose of prescription drugs—drugs that the cops think came from Daniel’s stash. First Daniel turns up at Kami’s MA class, and later she saves him from a couple of drug dealers at the local skate park. Neither episode endears him to her, but Kami views life as a series of data points, and in Daniel’s case, the data do not add up.

For a young adult mystery novel, Chaos Theory is fairly good. I was impressed by the crime part of it and the investigation plot, but otherwise this book held no interest for me. To go into depth, I firstly found that the writing was subpar – I didn’t want to savor the words, just skim them so that I can know what is going on. Since I am big on writing styles, that was a downer for me. Secondly, the dialogues felt a little stilted, and the characters were inconsistent. I couldn’t understand what Kami wanted, half the time. Then there was Gavin, whose motivations will forever remain a mystery, along with that of all the secondary characters. Also, the teens having better investigation skills than the police? For a realistic fiction (what I mean is that there are no paranormal elements involved and that it is a murder case for crying out loud!), the idea was a bit far-fetched. Thirdly, I didn’t get the connection the chaos locker had to the story; I’m sorry, but it made no sense and no contribution to the storyline other than hitting hard on the point of Kami’s grief. So, in short, I was not so fond of this book, but the mystery aspect was good.

Received an ARC from The Poisoned Pencil via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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