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The Chaos Function

(2019)
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“This crackling road trip through the apocalypse offers thrills all the way to its explosive, satisfying finale.” —Publishers Weekly

“Relentless, terrifying, and affecting, this book left me feeling like I’d been strapped to the front of the car like Mad Max in Fury Road—not realizing that it was taking me to an emotional ending that would leave me gutted. I’ve been a huge fan of Skillingstead’s work for years, but in The Chaos Function he’s outdone himself!”
Daryl Gregory, award-winning author of Spoonbenders

For readers of the best-selling novels Sleeping Giants and Dark Matter, an intense, high-stakes thriller with a science-fiction twist that asks: If technology enabled you to save the life of someone you love, would you do so even if it might doom millions?
 
Olivia Nikitas, a hardened journalist whose specialty is war zones, has been reporting from the front lines of the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. When Brian, an aid worker she reluctantly fell in love with, dies while following her into danger, she’ll do anything to bring him back. In a makeshift death chamber beneath an ancient, sacred site, a strange technology is revealed to Olivia: the power to remake the future by changing the past. 
 
Following her heart and not her head, Olivia brings Brian back, accidentally shifting the world to the brink of nuclear and biological disaster. Now she must stay steps ahead of the guardians of this technology, who will kill her to reclaim it, in order to save not just herself and her love, but the whole world.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Relentless, terrifying, and affecting, this book left me feeling like I’d been strapped to the front of the car like Mad Max in Fury Road—not realizing that it was taking me to an emotional ending that would leave me gutted. I’ve been a huge fan of Skillingstead’s work for years, but in The Chaos Function he’s outdone himself!" - Daryl Gregory

"Deftly marrying genres, Jack Skillingstead has given us a science fiction thriller for the ages. Journalist Olivia Nikitas discovers an centuries-old conspiracy with the means to alter the very fabric of time. Dodging from war-ravaged Syria across a suddenly-apocalyptic United States, she must fight to survive in a changeable world where she alone knows what's real. With a plot as mind-bending as pharmaceutical-quality Phillip K. Dick, The Chaos Function is an astonishment from page one to its explosive climax." - James Patrick Kelly

"The Chaos Function just flat-out knocked me back in my chair. The very best kind of action-thriller meets hard sci-fi. A mind-bending jolt of high concept ideas injected straight to your frontal cortex. One of the best books I've ever read." - Ted Kosmatka

"A compelling near-future thriller of hard choices and unintended consequences. This is science fiction that feels all too real. Highly recommended." - Ramez Naam


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Hardback Editions

March 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chaos Function
Author(s): Jack Skillingstead
ISBN: 1-328-52615-1 / 978-1-328-52615-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

March 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Chaos Function
Author(s): Jack Skillingstead
ISBN: 0-358-33272-9 / 978-0-358-33272-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chaos Function
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March 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chaos Function
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Title: The Chaos Function
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Kindle Editions

March 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chaos Function
Author(s): Jack Skillingstead
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU