CHAOS THEORY by M. Evonne Dobson


From the "Kami Files" series, volume 1
Age Range: 14 - 18
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In the midst of grief, one teen turns to solving a mysterious death.

Budding scientist Kami likes “data sets more than people” and spends most of her time working on a science project that investigates chaos theory in her high school locker. (Yet she never explains what chaos theory is, how it might affect her or the significance of researching it in her locker.) While studying in a secluded area of the local college library where her beloved and recently deceased grandmother worked, Kami meets Daniel. Many feel this “Drug Guy” is responsible for the death of his half sister, Julia, when she overdosed on his illegal stash. Though she initially hesitates, Kami finds herself attracted to Daniel, and suddenly her research takes a back seat to understanding what made Julia snap and how she really died. Although the structure of this mystery remains solid throughout, the tension and plausibility waver as Kami goes undercover for local law enforcement and finds herself in a love triangle with another classmate. A horse-riding backdrop may add some interest to fans of this sport.

Overall, this series opener is below par. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: Feb. 3rd, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-92934-508-3
Page count: 284pp
Publisher: Poisoned Pencil
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2014


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