This is a truly exceptional novel with a compelling concept
An Australian Painted Lady butterfly flaps its wings. This may seem insignificant, but, in Deep Oblivion, the second book in the Mortal Chaos series, it sets in motion a whole chain of events. These encompass everything from a falling pane of glass, an attack on an orphanage and, finally, a major catastrophe. The book is made up of ultra-short chapters, each following the story of one of many, seemingly unconnected, characters - like Gwen, a kidnapped missionary and Hannah, a homeless girl on the run.
At first, the book seems very 'chaotic', but gradually the stories begin to create a complex pattern. The final chapter reflects the first, just as you find symmetry in a butterfly's wings. This is an truly exceptional novel with a compelling concept and very well written - an unusual and brilliant combination. It really captured my imagination and I can't wait to read the earlier book in the series! A well-deserved 5/5!