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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 froSeventeen-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. In Chaos Theory, first time author M Evonne Dobson not only tells a fast-paced mystery, but also explores her protagonist’s deep need to understand the chaotic lives of those around her, lives that refuse to be neat, clean, and simple. Especially when death happens to those you love. Set in Iowa, Chaos Theory is a young adult contemporary crime novel, the first in a proposed series tentatively called The Kami Files....

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Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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Chaos Theory Reviews

  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    2019-04-14 19:07

    I admit that the first time I heard Chaos Theory is from this book. I’m not really into a science. I will say no more so you won’t/can’t judge me,Let’s talk about the book. I was really excited to read Chaos Theory. Maybe a little too much because it just ended up disappointing me. The plot wasn’t that bad, the characters aren’t that great but they’re not horrible either and the writing was.. okay. But this book has little things that annoyed me so much that I can’t just ignore it.They’re little things.. but it annoys me so much that it affects my reading.Am I the only one?Anyway, the main character, Kami, is so unmemorable. There is not athing that I can say good about her. Okay that’s bad. What I mean is, she’s just so.. BLAH. Reading her thoughts was putting me off to sleep and I know that I should’ve just DNF-ed the book, but I was really hoping that the ending may not be that bad (but it is) and I blame BLAH BLAH Kami.The love interest isn’t that worth mentioning either. He’s so..  yeah let’s not just talk about him.The ending wasn’t that great either becausein my opinion, it was kind of cliffy. Making me get through that 220+ pages reading Kami’s thoughts then ending up with a cliffy? I am not happy. Because of that, I don’t think I’ll read the next installment in this series because, well, I already forgot everything,

  • Read InAGarden
    2019-04-07 01:23

    There is a pretty decent book here but prior to publication there is still some work that needs to be done. In the pre-publication e-galley form there are several instances where the wrong character's name is used or the time/location jumps and then jumps back within the same scene. There are also hanging story lines and characters that could be edited out for a cleaner book. Putting that aside - this is a story where the teens know much more than the adults (including the cops, DEA, FBI, and crime lords). It reminded this reader of a not-so-smart Nancy Drew mystery. The plot is not quite as well-woven as the Ally Carter Gallagher novels but would probably interest the same readers.

  • diana
    2019-04-21 00:09

    I'm not sure how to exactly put this. I did enjoy the book but I can't say I'm a big fan of it.Chaos Theory sounds like a badass book I thought I would love. Suffice to say I didn't end up loving it. Chaos Theory revolves around Kami. She's a highschool junior who is going through the grief of having just lost her grandmother. I have found Kami's character to be both unique and quite... strange. She isn't a genius but she's very intelligent so she has this way of looking at things logically and treating them the way you would a mathematical equation. Being an engineering major myself, I can relate. I found her locker chaos experiment truly intriguing. To be able to come up with something like that to try to figure out if there's an order to the messy, chaotic lives we all share is brilliant. (Granted nothing life changing came from it but still.) Anyway Kami is a very independent girl. She hates feeling useless and helpless. She'd rather put her life in danger to help someone she doesn't really know than seeing that someone go through the same thing she went through alone. And I admire her for that. It's a shame though that I felt disconnected to Kami's character. It felt like the Kami we met in this book is just a shell of the real Kami. I finished the entire book and the only thing I know about her is that she loves her grandma very much and hates being told what to do. I wish the author gave her character more depth and made her more relatable.Chaos Theory is a highly entertaining read. It has mystery (which I really love), a bit of romance (which was really confusing), humor and a quirky (but endearing) team of characters. The writing was odd and felt off at times but overall this was a good book with ass-kicking, going undercover and busting drug dealers highschool teens. I did think some scenes were over the top and unlikely to happen but I managed to overlook those. And the ending. The ending was... well, it was sweet and sad but kinda meh. It felt like the whole book happened just so Kami would (finally) get there and it just felt anticlimactic and very cliffhanger-y. (Am I the only one who felt this way?) I have a feeling there's going to be a next book. Is there? Not sure I'd read it though. I received an arc to read and review.

  • KittyKat
    2019-04-22 20:23

    This book was received as an ARC copy off of Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was a great read. The plot was excellent although some of the writing could use some work. The main character Kami was very intriguing, especially with her experiment about the chaos theory inside her locker. Her friend Sandy also seems like the exuberant best friend who always has your back. The world building of the first few chapters are amazing and make the story enjoyable, especially because of Daniel's introduction into the book as the "Drug Guy" who killed his half-sister. Kami's discoveries throughout their investigation of Daniel's half-sister Julia's death, enhance the intrigue of the book as with any mystery novel. This intrigue to find out who did it really keeps the book moving as well as the many leads and dead ends the Crew (Gavin, Sam - Sandy's BF and Kami's BFF, Sandy, Daniel and Kami) find make the reader reading. I am disappointed however that we don't get a confirmed relationship status as there was a love triangle between Kami, Daniel and Gavin. I also think there isn't enough focus on the locker about the chaos theory towards the middle but, realising the loss of focus on the locker the author elaborates more in the last chapter. Although this gives a better explanation of the locker, I think the book would have benefited more if it refocused more on how every action has a equal and opposite reaction, or as said in the book "a South American butterfly flaps it's wings and causes a tornado in Texas two years later." We also don't get told if Julia's death was suicide or not which is really upsetting not only for the reader's but the characters who won't be able to have closure. Overall this book had a lot of good ideas and concepts that were executed fairly well. However in order to improve this book I think the author should tie up the loose ends in a way that has more finality and try and continue the theme of the chaos locker throughout the book rather than forgetting about it for a period of time. I would also mention how she goes in the Science Fair and a good ending point would be to summarise what her results were, not only through the locker but throughout her new experiences and make a short speech. Alternately the focus in the beginning could be slightly shifted off the locker instead of so focused on it then allowing the ending chapter to make more sense. Also the anxiety over the experiment at the beginning of the book and her trait to always want to see things through should have made Kami continue the experiment and pay attention to it although she was investigating Julia's Death. 'Chaos Theory' was an enjoyable book that could have been better but was better than expected.

  • Robin
    2019-03-27 00:05

    Disclosure: I was given a copy of this ebook to read for review prior to the official publishing date. I think this book is a great mystery / thriller for young adults. I really liked the main character of this book, Kami. She was fun, quirky and had recently gone through a traumatic loss which helped me, as an adult, relate to her, the teenager. The story was good, it moved at a good pace and the ending resolved all the story lines (but one minor bit for me). (view spoiler)[It was never made clear to me what the deal was with Gavin. Why did he only kiss Kami when 3J (Joker Jimmy Johnson) was in the area? Was it because Gavin was gay and trying to make 3J jealous? It wasn't made clear (to me) by the end, so that's the story line I'm going with in my head... (hide spoiler)]I liked the chaos locker experiment quite a bit. Specifically, how Kami's struggle to deal with loss created this experiment that attracted others to reach out to her who were also struggling. Although I wish Kami herself could have spent more time with the locker, in the end it was clear why she was unable to commit to the 'butterfly effect' the locker created and had her friends deal with the sub stories that evolved from it. Some bits of the story required me to work a little harder at my suspension of disbelief. Such as involving teenagers in police matters to the degree they become involved. Also, the pace of bureaucratic movement was rather amazing. Overall, the story was good, the dialogue between characters excellent, and the main character was developed well enough for me to be completely on her side through out the book, even when she made some typically poor teenage decisions. Last, all my comments should be mitigated by the fact that I usually don't read young adult fiction, which is surely not the fault of the author nor her writing. I certainly don't seek YA out. Being a young adult was rough enough without going back to revisit it via another's imagination (albeit not nearly as rough as my own memories and skewed perspectives).I'd like try to get my son to read it for a better peer perspective review... though I don't have much influence on his reading choices, ho hum, just happy he's a reader!

  • Krutula
    2019-04-12 00:26

    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

  • Victoria (thepetitebookblogger)
    2019-04-07 01:02

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review all opinions expressed are my own.When I first received this book I was really excited to read it, the synopsis sounded really interesting and when I saw that it was recommended for Ally Carter fans I had high expectations for it, since, Ally Carter is one of my favorite YA authors.I always finish books that I start to read but this was really hard to get into. I don't even know where to start, okay ,1.THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY THINGS GOING ON IN THIS BOOK! Kami the protagonist is a sarcastic karate/scientist/detective /hottie (in which every popular guy asks her out) seventeen year old girl. She is not sympathetic at all nor is she interesting ,I don't even understand the relation between her Daniel and Julia. Ok so you suddenly become interested in this girls case when you are 1. not a friend 2. related or 3. a person who would perhaps investigate anything. I mean if she was a reporter for the school newspaper and wanted to figure this mystery out that would be different, but,she comes off as nosy and trying to be tough. The writing was subpar, the author would be talking about sex and then ten pages later talk like a film noir movie, I mean what 17 year old uses the word creep to address anyone and then the thing with the horses its like come on. There were too many unnecessary things going on and it was difficult to like any of the characters when Kami calls Daniel ,drug-guy-who- killed-his-sister ,this story could of been good I just couldn't understand the reason why she would help or why you would tell this complete stranger everything about your deceased sister for whom you took the rap for so that her reputation would stay in tack .This would have been more plausible if Trish had been the one to suggest that they look into it not to mention that I'm sure that the police would have looked into this "murder" a little bit more . I would not recommend this to anyone.

  • Kristina
    2019-04-06 17:03

    Chaos Theory (The Kami Files) by M. Evonne Dobson is a young adult crime novel. Kami is a seventeen year old girl is loves science. She is conducting a “chaos theory” experiment in her locker. Kami tends to be oblivious to other things going on around her, she likes martial arts, and likes to solve problems or find answers. Daniel is the new boy in school. He had been in military school until he was arrested for drugs (according to the school grapevine). Daniel’s sister, Julia, committed suicide with drugs and Daniel claimed the drugs belonged to him. Daniel gets arrested and is turned into a confidential informant in order to get the people who are actually obtaining the drugs. Something does not add up for Kami when she hears this story. As she gets to know Daniel, Kami is determined to find out what happened to Julia. So Kami, Sandy (Kami’s BFF), Sam (Sandy’s boyfriend), Gavin (boy who is interested in Kami) and Daniel start to investigate along with help from the local police (these kids actually ask for help). This book is hard to get into. It is very disjointed at the beginning and jumps from one scene to the next. As you get further into the book, the scenes flow better and it is easier to read. Once I got further into the book, I enjoyed reading it and wanted to find out how things were going to turn out. It is a good mystery, but very easy to solve. I think with a little bit more editing (at the beginning), this could be a very good book and the beginning of a great series. Chaos Theory will be out February 3, 2015.I received a complimentary copy of this novel from NetGalley/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. http://bibliophileandavidreader.blogs...

  • Jaimy
    2019-04-02 17:06

    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.I was not thrilled to start this book, but once I did, I couldn’t stop. I was literally getting lost in the words and it was like a movie going on in my head. The story was very developed, but slightly unlikely or unrealistic. I understand that this is a work of fiction but it would’ve been nice to say “Wow! I can’t tell whether this is real life or not!” It was a truly wonderful book nonetheless.I did not, however, like Kami. She was just slightly more than annoying throughout all this ordeal. I did appreciate her love for science though.This book was a complete shocker. The blurb doesn’t do it justice. It was a really good book and by the end (SPOILER) I was crying. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. This book is getting a hardy 4/5 stars.[ I received a free copy of this book on a read to review basis thanks to its publisher and Netgalley.]

  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    2019-04-24 18:18

    This is one of those books that is not for me. The story is not bad at all, it’s just that I could not get into these characters. I’m not into science. Like, at all. Not where I have to figure out what Kami, along with her smart parents, thinks about. I think that the plot is, at best, redeemable. If the author can make Kami into a more realistic character, I’m sure that it will all level out. She’s too freaking smart for me. I get that her knowledge helps her along with trying to figure out every single detail of things, people, etc… As far as the mystery goes, it was okay. Not my cup of tea, the whole female teen Sherlock.Once the crew is formed; Kami, Sandy, Sam, Gavin, and the man behind the mystery- Daniel, they set out to bring down the drug lords. Kami seems to be really interested in finding out what really happened to Julia, Daniel’s sister. This is where everything gets kind of unreal. These teens know more than the cops that they are helping. It’s kind of weird, to be honest.The beginning starts out slow for the most part. Kami is doing a science project on the “Chaos Theory”. This experiment takes place in her locker. She wants to give up because she’s not getting the results that she wants. She basically is panicking about not getting into a very prestigious school. If she doesn’t do well on her science project, then recruiters won’t take notice. Oh, the pressure. Again, I think that this book will appeal to young readers the most. It’s not a bad mystery, I just couldn’t connect with the characters.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-05 22:16

    I received an ARC of this book through Net Galley in exchange for a fair review. Kami likes to solve puzzles, and when she realizes all of the pieces don't add up regarding the new guy at school who supposedly deals drugs and provided the means for his sister's suicide, she can't let the puzzle go. This is a great high school mystery. The characters are interesting, the pacing is good, and the plot is engaging. There is plenty of action and suspense to propel readers all the way to the end. The narrator often relied on train of thought, and initially I found it challenged me as a reader, but once I was familiar with her patterns, it wasn't an issue. I am adding it to my classroom library wish list in anticipation of publication, and I already know several students who will thoroughly enjoy this read. There is some language and sensuality that make this most appropriate for the ninth grade and up.

  • Jan Blazanin
    2019-04-17 18:12

    Chaos Theory, the first Kami Files novel, introduces readers to seventeen-year-old Kami, a science phenom who runs a chaos theory experiment in her high school locker. But there’s more to Kami than her remarkable brain. She’s a kickass martial arts expert and horsewoman who believes in justice and has the courage to stand up for it. When rumors swirl that fellow student Daniel’s younger sister died from an overdose of drugs he supplied, Kami assembles a team of investigators to flush out the actual dealers. Ignoring the danger, Kami puts herself in harm’s way to clear Daniel’s name. Chaos Theory is a gripping mystery that will have readers clamoring for the next book in this exciting series.

  • Bookphile
    2019-04-01 18:10

    There are some things that this book does right, but it's just so uneven overall. Sandy's text-speak was annoying, and I also got tired of the gimmicks like modifying Sam's name with various adjectives, and constantly describing how Daniel was playing with the zipper on his backpack. The love triangle just plain didn't work as neither guy's behavior was particularly appealing, and Kami also feels inconsistent. We're told she's somewhat anti-social, but we don't see it in action as much as we should. I also found the mystery element and Kami and crew working with the police just plain preposterous. I did like the back story with Kami and her grandmother and could have done more with that and less with the silly mystery. Yet another YA miss for me.

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-20 17:04

    When I started reading this book, I wasn't so sure I would like it. I thought about not finishing it a couple of times. However, I stuck with it and I'm so glad that I did. I'm a sucker when it comes to puzzles. This was a big puzzle that was super fun to figure out along side Kami. There wasn't much of a love story, which was completely fine. It didn't need it. I look forward to move books like this. The author keep me on my toes all the way to the end. This book has it all. *received through NetGalley*

  • James
    2019-04-03 00:05

    The strength of this book is in the character development. Sure the story is solid and was more than enough to keep me engaged. However, in the end, I found myself much less concerned about how the mystery would be resolved and much more interested in how the resolution of the mystery would affect the characters involved. The book was a thrill to read and I hope this book is one of many in the series.

  • Kelly Sierra
    2019-03-27 17:57

    This was a good Nancy Drew story, mixed with a little bit of death. In the end it did seem like everyone wanted this group of teenagers to solve major crimes... my only problem was that I couldn't imagine parents being okay with their teenagers doing undercover work as informants in order to take down dangerous drug dealers after the result of another teen's death. Other than that it was funny and thrilling.3 stars, thanks Edelweiss.

  • Johanna Russell
    2019-04-24 00:14

    This is a modern day Nancy Drew thriller for the smart reader. As an adult I am used to cruising through YA books. However, this book asks for your complete attention. Too often my smart YA students are not challenged by their enjoyment reading. This book offers something different. YAs will love the story for its relatability and their brains (and parents/ teachers/ librarians) will love it for its complex narrative. This is a must have for TAG students or a confident YA reader.

  • Williesun
    2019-04-08 22:22

    Originally published on Lazy Happy Bored Happy Sad...‘Chaos Theory’ by Evonne M. Dobson starts with Daniel, supposedly juvenile delinquent, attending Kami’s high school. They form an unusual bond over the mysterious death of Daniel’s sister. Kami is a science girl, so way after my own heart. She is doing a science experiment in her locker on the matter of chaos theory which I find quite fascinating.Most of the story focusses on Daniel’s sister Julia though and the how’s and why’s of her death. Was it accidental or murder? Why did she suddenly change her behaviour and look so much? And how does it all tie in with Daniel’s past? I don’t really want to give away too much on the plot so those are the basics and I’ll be diving into my opinions with this book now.I loved the chaos theory experiment a LOT and I wished it had been even more prominent in the story and tied in better with everything else that was going on. Maybe because I found a lot of the rest rather uninteresting. Kami has great friends and that’s something I really dig as well. Yay for friends being friends.What I wasn’t so keen on was the love triangle, if that’s what it was with Karmi, Daniel and the other boy. See, I have lots of problems remembering any of the plot or names. I even had that from day to day when I was picking the story back up in the evening and felt like I didn’t know what had happened before even though I read it mere hours ago.The writing was…well, it left much to be desired from my point of view. The story jumped a lot, especially in the beginning but it only got a little bit better towards the end. What really bugged me was the fact that the chapters started right after the previous one’s ended but then they made undetermined jumps in time inside each chapter. Why? Maybe I’m just picky but I really did not understand that.It took me a long time to understand where certain characters came from and how they mixed together. Probably because of what I said above and the clunky writing. In my opinion, this book needs a whole lot of editing before publishing but that’s just me, I guess.Kami’s grandma died of cancer and she was there for her, taking her to her appointments and such. While that gave me all kinds of feels because of my own experiences with that part of life, it also made me wonder why a 17 year old was left alone with all of that. Her parents are pretty involved and nice and actually good parents in the book but that seemed too much for me. Kami has said she wanted it that way and it was time spent with her grandma but still, that was a LOT of responsibility to take on and I can’t understand why her parents didn’t intervene.I feel like this book could have done so much better exploring the various themes it set up. Like grief over losing a loved one, drifting into drug abuse, friendship and the whole chaos theory part. But it only strayed the shallow depths of those aspects. I would have loved this story to be better, I wanted it to be better but it wasn’t.One thing I really did not get was the letters that were anonymously deposited in Kami’s locker. That just seemed too random to me and the fallout from it was dealt with only curtly because there were a lot more plot arcs going on and the story in itself was lacking flesh everywhere.So yes, I wasn’t very happy with this read. Like I said, I wanted it to be better but it wasn’t and I can’t really recommend this one because there is so much better literature out there, especially in YA.

  • Reading Bifrost
    2019-03-29 22:17

    “My life is a high-wire act looking down at the world, and the people below are like distant data sets. Well, those data sets are leaping up to bite me in the butt, forcing me to fall smack into the chaos below.”Kami’s character is a teen genius aiming for MIT. She doesn’t relate to people and often gives them nicknames of her own devising. For her science project she gathers scraps of meaningful pieces of her life (concert tickets, letters) and stuffs them in her locker with a color coded marble for her “chaos theory” experiment. Everyday she opens her locker she literally waits for another ball to drop. One small change can significantly effect the future (think Butterfly Effect) and Kami struggles to grasp how she can define that in just a locker. Enter: Daniel. He’s known around school as the boy who killed his sister with drugs. When Kami accidentally gets involved with him, something just doesn’t add up in her logical mind and she can’t let go of the mystery behind the boy. Sandy is Kami’s best friend, probably the only one who knows and understands every side of her. Sandy’s theatre work and gossip network makes her a more than competent part of the team.Sam is Sandy’s boyfriend and a reporter for the newspaper. His inquisitive nature and sleuthing skills of his own help him join in the ranks. But (thank goodness) this isn’t a story about teenagers trying to take down drug dealers on their own. Kami’s little group work with Daniel’s handler, Detective Bob, to figure out the truth behind Julia’s death and the drugs found with her. As the story moves on the chaos theory experiment becomes less about the locker and expands into the real world as Kami herself is gaining more knowledge of people as humans and not just data points. The group learns how each small and seemingly unimportant change in Julia’s life ultimately contributed to the end.Overall, I suggest this book to anyone who likes young adult mystery/crime novels with a small mixture of romance. I’m most defiantly waiting for another Kami File.

  • Amy Rogers
    2019-04-25 01:10

    ScienceThrillers.com Review: Chaos Theory (Kami Files) is a young adult mystery featuring an engaging female teen protagonist named Kami who has a decidedly scientific bent of mind. She’s won science fair awards and has dedicated her school locker to an experiment on chaos theory that she hopes will help her get accepted to MIT.From my point of view as a reviewer of science-themed fiction, I was disappointed that these science-y themes faded as the story progressed, but I got hooked on Kami and her friends. Toward the end of book when Kami goes “undercover” at a pharmaceutical company, I expected a bit of science to creep back in but that wasn’t the case. Chaos Theory has more horse culture than science fair culture in it (I’m surprised the horses aren’t mentioned more in the back cover blurb; are today’s girls not as totally into horses as I was?).Nevertheless, Kami’s approach to life and to investigation is every bit the scientist’s approach. She’s a sensible, smart, ambitious, and generous girl who’s willing to take risks. Her romantic entanglements are deftly handled in the story without excessive angst and conflict; this girl isn’t flighty or foolish. Best of all, while tragedy lurks in the background, Chaos Theory has no dystopian elements. I’ve had enough of that literary trend.Chaos Theory is a thoroughly enjoyable YA mystery with a well-written cast of characters, believable action, and a respectful attitude toward science and young people who are interested in science. Kami is a bit of a 21st century Nancy Drew and I hope she has many more adventures.

  • Ginger
    2019-04-25 00:11

    Kami is into horses and martial arts, but mostly science. So much so that she has a chaos theory in her locker. Daniel is the new kid at school, the bad boy drug dealer who just lost his sister due to her overdosing on his drugs. When their paths cross Kami can't help but see something in Daniel that no one else sees. He doesn't seem like a criminal much less a drug dealer. When Kami starts digging into his sisters death she realizes that things just don't add up. With the help of her two best friends Kami sets out to prove Daniels innonce and prove to herself that she's not wrong about how she feels for him. I have to be honest, I did not think I was going to like this book, I kept putting it off, moving it further and further down my TBR pile until it finally hit the bottom of the stack. But from the first chapter I realized I had a made a mistake. "Chaos Theory" is the perfect young adult mystery, it has everything needed to keep you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath. I really enjoyed Kami's story and I hope that perhaps we'll see more of her in the future. Until next time, Ginger In compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review. My review is my honest opinion.

  • Isobel Radakovic
    2019-04-02 20:23

    Unfortunately, this book didn't leave much of an impact on me at all. In fact I don't remember a huge deal that went on. But that's not to say that I didn't enjoy it, because I did. It just wasn't mind-blowingly unforgettable.The idea of Kami as a character is enjoyable; a super-smart teen girl that looks at things logically. However Kami herself isn't quite as interesting, but still good enough for me to put up with her for a whole book. I liked Kami's independence and wanting to help someone, without even really knowing them, but I feel like we only see a shell of Kami, not actually the real thing.I found it quite disappointing that this whole book we are told about this Chaos Theory experiment (the book is even named after it), and then for nothing to come of it.I loved the whole crime-solving aspect of this, and the fact that it was a bunch of determined teenagers working 24/7 to find out what really happened to Daniel's sister. It also showcased the reality of drug-taking within teenagers, and how common it is nowadays. The ending was left at a cliffhanger and if I'm completely honest I probably won't continue on with this series.Nonetheless, if you like books with teams of crime-fighting teens, then this might be the one for you!

  • Kara Masteller
    2019-04-07 19:23

    Overall a good read! I really had no idea what to expect out of it, but the story is quality and I really was interested to see where it would go.I'll admit, it was a little "young" for me. The writing isn't very complex, nor are the characters, but in my mind that's exactly how it's supposed to be. If I were a few years (I'm in my late teens) younger I think I would have really enjoyed Chaos Theory.And I did enjoy it! I won't go into a full plot synopsis, but the story had action, mystery, and charm. I really like that romance is not a huge plot point. Sure, there's some mixed in but I like that that's not an overarching thing. It puts more focus on what the character really cares about: being a bad-ass highschooler.I'd recommend for middleschoolers/early highschoolers looking for a good young adult fiction to read. It was a solid book!

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-26 23:22

    The author's writing style a little quirky. But it grows on you and soon becomes one of the book's strengths. The book addresses serious issues of teen suicide, drugs, and violence all encompassed into a mystery plot line. But much more important than the story line itself is how these serious issues affect the characters in the story. The authors quirky writing style serves to supplement the character development and in particular provides a certain level of individuality to the book's protagonist Kami. As a result, the characters become much more authentic and less manufactured making the issues those characters are facing real and personal.

  • Patricia Curren
    2019-04-18 00:04

    Ms. Dobson's novel was a true joy to read. She has the mystery of Kami, the main character's classmate's death down cold, and the mystery concerning why Kami keeps a "chaos locker," is equally intriguing. Her characters are well drawn, and I especially liked the way she juxtaposed the Kami's love interests. I'm sure teen readers would eat that up. I'm sure Dobson has many successful books ahead of her!

  • Katie
    2019-03-29 01:16

    This is a great YA detective story! It reminded me of reading Nancy Drew novels as a kid. Kami is quirky and tenacious and her BFF is a great and believable compliment. The gradual addition of characters is done well and everyone is enjoyable. The book is a hidden gem. In fact, I was half way through it on my way to vacation when I left it on my first of two air flights. Before my second flight I had to purchase it on my kindle so I could finish it! I would highly recommend this read!

  • Jennifer Jasper
    2019-04-22 19:21

    Full of action and wit, Chaos Theory sets a fairly fast-paced read, though the ending may seem just a little too rushed. Readers will enjoy a great deal of snark from the main character and her crew. Overall, a quick, enjoyable read.

  • Catherine Winn
    2019-04-16 17:02

    I'm a Goodreads author with the same publisher as Meg but I honestly enjoyed this mystery. Kami is a wonderful, witty, serious, and complicated character who was tossed into a thrilling plot mixed with drugs, suicide, danger, and romance. A definite must-read for mystery lovers!

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    2019-04-09 17:11

    DNF at 11%not for me, sorry! :(

  • Jessica
    2019-03-29 23:12

    I will write review when closer to the release date