Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Mythology, Fantasy Publication.Date January 27th 2015 Pages: 304 Published By: Delacorte Press Author Lanie Bross Chaos on Goodreads My review copy: Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Can they change their destiny?
They kissed only once—and it was electric, like the air before a storm. But Corinthe and Luc broke the rules of the universe, and learned too late that their love would have consequences. In the dizzying aftermath, Luc refuses to accept his destiny—not if it means a life without Corinthe. As a fire rages through the Crossroads that connect worlds, Luc must find a way to turn back time and save Corinthe once and for all.
Meanwhile, Luc's 15-year-old sister Jasmine starts to realize things are not as they seem when time begins stuttering, sending her everyday life in San Francisco spinning into chaos. She’s thrown into the path of Ford, a troubled soul with a secret past, who helps her unravel the mysterious threads that connect them all.
Two breathtaking romances interweave across time in this story of what lies on the other side of Fate, as both Jas and Luc discover the incredible lengths they will go for love.
Lanie Bross's exciting follow up to Fates takes us right back to the world of Executors, Radicals and the Unseen Ones. A world where free will clashes with destiny and one's fate is written in the stars. A world full of magic and fantastical creatures where, again, we dance around the themes of forbidden love, fate and free will, all the while trying to keep up with the wild and eventful plot line.
Corinthe is dead. Luc has managed to bring Jas back home and she doesn't remember anything that happened to her. While happy to have his sister back and safe, Luc's heart is broken. He won't accept his destiny though, he is determined to turn back the time and save Corinthe. Yet again, Luc and his sister find themselves at the center of a centuries-long conflict between those who believe in free will and those who want to control the world. A complete chaos and raging fire is what follows...
I remember reading Fates at the beginning of 2014 and really loving the spin on the Greek myth and the star-crossed lovers. I didn't think there would be a follow-up, but was very glad to receive an advanced copy of Chaos. I dived right into it, I couldn't wait to see where Bross would take us next. Initially, I was a bit surprised to discover Jas plays such a big part in the story and that we are mostly following Luc's perspective, but once I got used to that, I realized I actually liked getting to know them better and following their adventures. This time around we get to know more about the siblings and the dynamics in their family. We also learn more about the Unseen Ones and are introduced to a rogue Radical who ends up playing an important and emotionally riveting part in the story. I felt that I cared about the characters more, now, that I got to know them better, and I also felt that the conflict was more fleshed out and dramatic. And I really didn't mind not seeing Corinthe for the most part of the story.
In Chaos we get to meet new characters and visit new, intriguing places. The world we were introduced to in Fates expands and gets even more interesting. We visit the Library of the Dead, Aetern (place of eternal life), Pyralis and the Crossworlds. We also spend quite some time in San Francisco. The jumps between worlds are many and they happen fast, making this a breathless kind of read - much like the first book, maybe even more. A lot happens in a short period of time, action races along at a near break-neck speed and while I enjoyed the thrill of it, I also kind of wished for more time to inhale all the new places and fully savor their uniqueness. Lanie Bross is amazing at developing new, vibrant and fascinating worlds, she cares about little details and makes the settings easy to picture, but she doesn't really give us time to fully appreciate her creations. Just when we get a good feel of one place, we jump straight into a different one. It's all a bit chaotic and dizzying, but perhaps this was the point.
Chaos is an entertaining, quick and easy read. It's not too thought-provoking, it doesn't engage you on any deeper level and you probably won't lose sleep over it, but it's a very nicely done story, with complex and vibrant mythological background and great characters. In other words, it's simply fun. I had a great time reading it and getting lost in the Greek-mythology-inspired world. Plus, this book offered a very satisfying conclusion to the Luc and Corinthe's story, while leaving us wanting to know how Jas and Ford's tale will end. And I, for one, can't wait to find out!
About the author:
Lanie Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine where they now live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-o-war with her 95 pound Lab, and writing for Young Adults. Chaos is the sequel to Fates.