The Chaos Function

Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781328526151. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781328527875. SF
OrangeReviewStarSet in a not too distant war zone, investigative journalist Olivia Nikitis has the power to change the past and reshape the future. But her choice to save the man she loves creates an increasing spiral of worldwide catastrophe, as altering that past results in the release of a weaponized smallpox epidemic that will destroy the world—unless Olivia resets the future again. And again. Until she gets it right, and discovers that it was all wrong all along. Olivia is a compelling, flawed character who is trying to save both her love and the world and is forced to make a terrible choice. The multiple apocalypses she creates feel all too plausible, as does the pain of her dilemma.
VERDICT Skillingstead's (Harbinger) sf thriller revolves around chaos theory, the power of choice, and the price of love. Highly recommended for readers of dystopian stories, time-travel scenarios, and endings that cause them to rethink the entire book.
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