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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599901242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599901244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,756,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JUSTIN RICHARDS is the author of The Death Collector, among other novels, and has also written audio and television scripts. He is a creative consultant to the BBC Worldwide's range of Doctor Who novels and the author of the middle-grade Invisible Detective series. Justin lives in Warwick, England, with his family.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What are myths, stories made-up by ancient civilizations to explain the world, or actually events that are almost too outrageous to comprehend? The CHAOS CODE by JUSTIN RICHARDS brings that question to mind. When the smart, pragmatic Matt is sent to his dad's place the holidays, all he finds is an enigmatic message that leads him to his aunt's home. There he discovers that his dad was missing, most likely kidnapped while looking for a code. The code that might hold the power that caused the fabled Great Flood. Now, Matt and Robin, Matt's new friend must find the code and try to protect or hide it again to prevent the code from reaching into the hands of in wealthy manic who plans of using it due to his mad desire of almighty power. Justin Richards puts this book in a simple quick to read, easy to understand style that manages to still add the feeling of mystery and foreboding darkness in midst of the entire adventure. Great read for anyone interested in the past or likes a book where it keeps one guessing from the first page to the last. In this one book Richards seems to have filled it with a chilling plot accompanied with many surprising sub-plots that manage to keep one from putting the book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What would happen if the past and the now collided? Well, in the Chaos Code by Justin Richards an adventure is born. 15 year old Matt Stribling is on a boarding school holiday with his absent-minded dad. Expect, when Matt reaches his dad's home he finds a mysterious message. Following the clue he finds himself wrapped in a mystery that may decided the fate of the world! Teaming up with an unusual family friend, Robin, they try to prevent a disaster as great as the Flood. Chaos Code is a fast book with new mysteries on every page, for anyone who likes to try to get the clues and try to figure out what's going to happen next. Richards writes it in an easy to follow style all surrounding Matt. This book will never cease to surprise!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Matt Stribling is being sent to live with his brilliant father during summer vacation. Upon arrival, Matt finds a message from his father, which leads him to his aunt's home. Aunt Jane, Mr. Venture, and Atticus Harper explain to Matt that his father has been looking for a code and suddenly went missing.

Possibly kidnapped.

Mr. Harper tells Matt of the treasure, and the power along with it, that caused the fabled "Great Flood" -- and maybe even destroyed Atlantis.

Matt soon learns that the code is in the hands of a wealthy adventurer who plans on using the power to further his own plans to become an almighty being. It is up to Matt and his unusual friend, Robin, to stop the code from being reactivated. They must either hide the code away or protect it with their lives. . .

THE CHAOS CODE is a book that could easily be turned into a movie. It is like Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider meets The Mummy. This book is fast-paced and doesn't let you stop reading.

Reviewed by: Jeremey
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaye Oldner on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't get into to the book as much as my son did. He said, "It was a superb book. It did have its dry spots, but overall it was a pretty darn good. The beginning was awesome and it was pretty good up until the middle where it encountered its dry spot. After that it started to pick up again and was perfect from there on out. Loved the plot! I haven't read any books with that kind of plot in there. It was extremely exiting and greatly thrilling."
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By Skylark on October 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book sounded exciting when I first picked this up, but I turned out to be wrong. To be fair, the beginning *is* fairly exciting. Matt, the main character, is dropped off at his father's house, only to find that his dad has gone missing. What's more, his house has been ransacked, and an intruder appears to knock Matt out cold. So what does Matt do? Call the police? Call his Mum? Tell someone he trusts about his dad's disappearance? Nope, none of the above. He just forgets about the whole incident for a while until something reminds him of it. I found this utterly unbelievable. Nobody would just *forget* about someone attacking them and possibly causing their father's disappearance! And this was just the beginning.

Throughout the book, I found the "twists" incredibly easy to figure out early on. Far too many hints were given about the state of affairs, so that the reader will know far in advance what's going on and have to wait for Matt to catch up. This might take 300 or so pages at times. It suffers from the "almost as if" syndrome; that is, whenever you see something that says "he thought it looked as if...", "it was almost as if...", or "maybe...", then it really means "this is exactly what it really is". Therefore there are no surprises for the reader. To fill in the gaps, there's a lot of speculation - mostly about where to find ancient treasures, or about ancient powers. This would probably be interesting in most cases, but for some reason it really bored me in "Chaos Code". I had a hard time reading on. No doubt this is because I was still waiting for Matt to gain a brain, or some personality.

None of the other characters were likeable either.
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More About the Author

Justin Richards has written dozens of novels as well as non-fiction books. He has also written audio scripts, a television and stage play, edited anthologies of short stories, been a technical writer, and founded and edited a media journal.

Justin is the author of The Death Collector, The Chaos Code, The Parliament of Blood and The Invisible Detective series. He is also Creative Consultant to the BBC's best-selling range of Doctor Who books.

His novel 'The Skeleton Clock' is available as a Kindle eBook.

He lives in Warwick with his wife and two children, and a lovely view of the castle.

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