Fugitives of Chaos

Fugitives of Chaos Wright s new fantasy which began with Orphans of Chaos and continues in Fugitives of Chaos is a tale about five orphans raised in a strict British boarding school who begin to discover that they ma

  • Title: Fugitives of Chaos
  • Author: John C. Wright
  • ISBN: 9780765314963
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wright s new fantasy, which began with Orphans of Chaos, and continues in Fugitives of Chaos, is a tale about five orphans raised in a strict British boarding school who begin to discover that they may not be human beings The students at the school do not age, while the world around them does The orphans have been kidnapped from their true parents, robbed of their powersWright s new fantasy, which began with Orphans of Chaos, and continues in Fugitives of Chaos, is a tale about five orphans raised in a strict British boarding school who begin to discover that they may not be human beings The students at the school do not age, while the world around them does The orphans have been kidnapped from their true parents, robbed of their powers, and raised in ignorance by super beings no human than they are pagan gods or fairy queens, Cyclopes, sea monsters, witches, or things even stranger.The five have made sinister discoveries about themselves Amelia is apparently a fourth dimensional being Victor is a synthetic man who can control the molecular arrangement of matter around him Vanity can find secret passageways through solid walls where none had previously been Colin is a psychic Quentin is a warlock Each power comes from a different paradigm or view of the inexplicable universe and they should not be able to co exist under the same laws of nature Why is it that they can The children must experiment with and learn to control their strange abilities in order to escape their captors Something very important must be at stake in their imprisonment.

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    1. Wright is an amazing writer. Period. You cannot pick up any of his books without realizing so - usually shortly after the realization that you have been completely swept away with the story he has woven. Fugitives of Chaos is nothing less than another brilliant work - but it should only be read in the context of Orphans of Chaos and Titans of Chaos, because the trilogy of books forms one complete story, each picking up almost exactly where the previous book left off.Fugitives of Chaos picks up w [...]

    2. After my enjoyment of the first book in this series, it didn't take long to dive into and finish the second.Nor is this book a dissappointment.And yet, four stars instead of five for the first. Why?As I mentioned in my review of Orphans of Chaos, these are not three books but one big book broken into three parts. As at the end of Orphans, there is little or no closure. As the middle part of a long story, this book has a rather flat narrative arc. While it was just as dandy as Orphans, in essence [...]

    3. Same reaction as to Orphans of ChaosI wanted to love this book, with all the mythos, but I was bothered by the sexism and the pompous intellectualism. As before, maybe I think it was pompous because I didn't "get" some of the physics or math. But it gave me the same feeling as talking with someone who is overly impressed with their own intelligence.

    4. Well, this book definitely moved away from the "girl main character likes to get tied up" stuff. Thank goodness! Otherwise, yes the characters are all a bit lusty and otherwise ridiculous, but considering the Greek mythology inspiration this is not that surprising. What is surprising is when reviewers say that this is comparable to Harry Potter. Um no. This is not comparable to Harry Potter. These books are not in YA for a very good reason. There are many adult situations.Otherwise, this continu [...]

    5. Less exposition that in the first book of the trilogy, which is a good thing. However, I am starting to get a feeling this whole series is just a game of paper/rock/scissors where this paradigm beats that but is beaten by the other one. Since there are four paradigms, it's almost a game of paper/rock/scissors/lizard/spock, but not quite.

    6. I liked this one better than the previous one. It's a nice fantasy story, with sarcastic humor. The plot its catchy and now I want to read the last one :-)

    7. Another exciting tale in the Chronicles of Chaos by John C. Wright. This book picks up right where the first volume left off, with the five students losing their memories of all that has happened and that they have discovered about themselves. They've forgotten that they are hostages preventing an interdimensional war between the forces of Chaos (from which the students have come) and an wide assortment of other mythological forces, mostly centered around the Greek gods. They have magical and ps [...]

    8. This book was fantastic -- I really can't say enough good things about it. It continues Orphans of Chaos, which blends a very contemporary, coming-of-age story in an English boarding school with Greek mythology.It's an innovative concept, and Wright pulls it off superbly. The characters all, consistently, have distinct voices that represent both different personalities and (intertwined with their personalities) different modes of understanding the world specific to their godlike abilities. At th [...]

    9. free from the need for set-up that plagued the first book in the series, we really dive into the world in this book. a dynamic dialectic between different paradigms and ways of seeing the world, einsteinian vs newtonian vs aristotelian, etc magic vs shamanist vs mathematics vs atomic materialism, boys vs girls, youth vs adulthood, titans vs olympians vs the children of chaos. it's 5 kids from different worlds running away from their oppressive boarding school environment in search of freedom and [...]

    10. As others have noted, the Chronicles of Chaos are really one big book that was broken into three parts. As such, this book does suffer a bit from "Middle Book" syndrome-- we've passed the excitement of the initial reveal, and are now working toward the final climax (that comes in book three). It does have a bit of it's own story arc in that the books can be classified as Book 1: Holy Crap we aren't human, what are we? Book 2: How do we work and Book 3: Finding a way to remain free. So it does ha [...]

    11. I'm in love with this series. This will be my second read and I've gotten something different out fo it with each read. Philosophy, Mythology, Mathematics, Theology and more in one epic trilogy. Characters are memorable, relateable and the author takes his time to create the world and the relationships in story believable and heartfelt.

    12. fun series, worth reading for the reader that has read all the major fantasy series, and is looking for something new

    13. Amelia wakes up in the beginning of the book having forgotten everything she learned in the last one---but the chemical she manipulated to have free will decides to release her memories instead of eradicate them. With her knowledge of her teachers' treachery restored, Amelia and the other orphans break free of their school and advance out into the wide world.Wright certainly knows how to keep up the tension. From page one I was struck by the impossibility of Amelia's situation: how can they esca [...]

    14. There is a reason this story will never be turned into a movie. Half of the book is a big long conversation about what happened in the other half of the book. More often than not the story is reflecting on itself and explaining itself rather than moving forward. As I move through the middle of this trilogy of books the story is really beginning to sag. There are some interesting moments still, parts that remind me of the potential of this story, but ultimatley I am disapointed (and bored). The a [...]

    15. This was really disappointing. The pacing and the lore and the way their powers are explained are great, super engaging, and it kept me reading through the whole book. The main cast is generally well developed, but then there is the main girl. I can put aside the fact that she basically reads as the stereotypical boy-fantasy girl: clever but humble, sexy and sexual but not a slut, etc. What kills the book is the way she is so uncomfortably sexualized. Make what excuses you want, but the author w [...]

    16. I found this book not quite as engaging as the first, but it was still good. I think it suffered a bit from "bridge book syndrome" where there's a lot of moving from book one and set up to book three and not so much content for it to stand alone by itself - an easy problem in trilogies. That said, more of the students uncovering who and what they are is a good thing, and the various paradigms being explored are still interesting.Edit: I actually really quite enjoyed this book - and the first one [...]

    17. Kids at an orphanage discover that they are not human. Learning that they are being held as hostages, they attempt to escape (again).I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the its predecessor Orphans of Chaos. There is a lot more physics/math and Greek mythology references in this story. I loved that stuff in the first book, but here it felt more like the author was throwing stuff in just to make things sound smarter For me it eventually started to get in the way of the storytelling. There is [...]

    18. Better than the first book in the set, the story continues from almost exactly the same place it left off in the previous story. I like the different take on the Greek/Roman gods and the education levels of the kids (if only more people could read over a fith grade level - my own highschool brother can't- so sad) The characters are recourceful and their personalities are growing. I look foreward to reading the final book

    19. This book is about five british orphans who turn out to not be human. They are are from different reality paradigms (mythology, quantum physics, the occult, etc.) Each one has a unique ability to alter reality in a significant way and each paradigm is counteracted by another, to maintain balance. This is book two. The first was called Orphans of Chaos. There's a third, but it's not on the shelf yet.

    20. Middle books of trilogies tend to be about taking the situation introduced in the first book and making it as bad as possible before resolving it in the third book. Fugitives actually advances the plot of Orphans considerably as the five young people make good their escape and continue to expand their control over their powers. Wright also further develops the characters connections to Greek mythology.

    21. The tension and suspense increase substantially in this, the second, of the Chaos trilogy. The amount of detail on the subjects of Mythology, Philosophy, Metaphysics, Physics and Geometry can sometimes be a bit overwhelming but, all in all, Wright does a pretty good job of keeping his readers engaged. This is just a little bit too much soft-core sex for my tastes, but other readers probably like it.

    22. Man, such a solid middle-of-the-trilogy book. Like the first book, full of gods and maths and theory and how much it pretty much sucks to be a young adult trying to figure themselves out. Only no angst, just intelligence and a little pouting.I actually went and bought this book and the third one right after finishing the first. Very addictive story, very epic.

    23. A good link between Book 1 and Book 3, but I felt like some of the battle scenes were drawn out for longer than they needed to be. Some of the scientific discussions also simply ranged above my ability to follow due to their being verbose and extremely technical in nature. (and I imagine this applies to other readers as well--most of us aren't quantum theory geniuses).

    24. This is possibly the most intelligent fantasy since Neil Gaiman. Think Harry Potter meets Phillip Pullman meets Bullfinch's mythology meets The Breakfast Club and Home Alone. Stir in some Greek philosophy, add a bit of inter-dimensional theory and particle physics, and wrap it all in bit of subtle erotica of a bildungsroman you have it.

    25. No spoilers here. Fugitives of Chaos by John c. Wright. This is book two in he Chronicles of Chaos trilogy. I was not disappointed with this next book. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I like how the author can weave in historical mythology into the plot. I hope the last book is just as good or better. I will be looking to read more of John c. Wright's books after I finish this trilogy.

    26. A fun follow up to Orphans of Chaos. A little hard to get into because I couldn't remember the details of the first book. Floundered a bit in the middle but had a great ending and cliff hanger. Will read the third soon. For fans of fantasy and sci-fi. A good melding of the two genres.

    27. I wish I could take the good parts of these books and separate them from the the rampant sexual objectification of women and dangerous messaging that consent is irrelevant and girls secretly like unasked-for sexual advances/assaults as long as the perpetrator isn't too old/ugly.

    28. I enjoyed this one much better. The author's copiousness and way with character and dialogue are more on display, and the story moves at a wonderful clip. Would make a great one-sitting read. Unfortunately I think reading the first weighted-down volume is necessary to fully enjoy it.

    29. Strange, strange series. I really do like it and would give it more stars, but it is incredibly hard to read. This coming from a huge fan of Peter Hamilton's "Commonwealth Saga." This is extremely hard sci-fi.

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