Book Review: “Chaos” by Demelza Carlton

Happy May, everyone! I hope your April went well, and that May will be just as good or better than last month!

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Cover  of “Chaos” by Demelza Carlton

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Chaos” by Demelza Carlton! Like“Million Little Mistakes,” this book is also a Choose-Your-Own Adventure type of book where you are the main character and you must make the right choices…or suffer the consequences. Here’s a summary so you know what it’s about:

“A Find Your Fate science fiction tale…where YOU are the main character, and YOU choose the story!

Forced to flee your home world, now you’re a pilot, fighting in a war for a new home.

In the heat of battle, will you live or die? Discover an alien city, or be captured as a spy?
It’s up to YOU!

(And if you don’t like the ending…you can always go back to the beginning and choose a different fate!)”

Plot Development: 3 out of 5 stars

One of the main complaints I have about this book is that it’s incredibly short. There are only two major plotlines out of all the possible plotlines you can follow in this book, and there are only twenty-five chapters because of this. This, in turn, impacts not just the plot, but also the character and worldbuilding development lacking in the book. Had there been more main plotlines to follow in this book, or maybe more depth within the main plotlines that existed in terms of additional choices and chapters, I think this would also lend to giving opportunities for more worldbuilding and character development as well.

Worldbuilding Development: 3 out of 5 stars

The worldbuilding for this book, overall, does make sense. There is enough exposition to get a sense of the role that you, the character, are playing in this book, and the explanations of the Titans and the rest of the worldbuilding is understandable, even if you’ve never read any books related to this one before. Because of how short the book is, however, there isn’t too much depth.

Character Development: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Like how the worldbuilding suffers from how short the book is, the same unfortunately goes for character development. Granted, there isn’t a lot of actual characters that you, the main character, interacts with in the book as is, and what development they do have does give you a general understanding of how they function within said worldbuilding. However, the characters that do exist do not have a lot of depth to them on their own and serve more as plot devices than actual characters (which is often the case in a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-type book).

Overall, I’m rating this book 3 out of 5 stars! 

Because of how short it is, it’s fun to read to pass the time, but don’t expect a super-deep plot because of the short length. If you’re into reading a sci-fi adventure where you want to make some choices, though, this is worth picking up.


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