Ethan Wate thought that life might just get back to normal after he and Lena returned to Gatlin from the Great Barrier. But he’s sorely mistaken when the town soon becomes infested with locusts, suffers from oppressive heat, and is ravaged by intense storms. The forces at work even cause the powers of Lena’s family to misfire. On top of all that, a powerful adversary is working to ensure that these signs mean the end of days. Ethan and Lena soon realize that something–or someone–will need to be sacrificed for Gatlin to survive.
It’s been over a year since I read the first two books in the Caster Chronicles, and I’d forgotten how much fun they can be to read. Nothing in Beautiful Chaos really surprised me in terms of the twists and turns. More than once, I figured things out before the characters did. But that didn’t take away from the fun of reading.
The characters were the best and the less than great parts of this book.
Ethan’s relationships with the other characters and the changes he goes through during the story made the book interesting. I cared about Ethan because of how much he cared about the people in his life. He wanted to do the best by everyone around him and that made me keep turning the pages each time he faced a new challenge.
Lena, on the other hand, quickly reminded me why she was my least favorite character. Her jealousy of Ethan’s friendship with another girl annoyed me because it seemed petty. But all of her actions struck me as cliche. I didn’t see a whole lot of dimension in her. Admittedly, the changes she eventually underwent during the course of the story did make her much more likable by the end.
The one thing that would’ve made this story better, at least in my incredibly biased opinion, would have been more Macon Ravenwood. I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since I saw Jeremy Irons play the role in the Beautiful Creatures movie. I understand that he’s not a main character, but I can still hope.
Beautiful Chaos is fun for a reader who has already read Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness.
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was published by Brown Books for Young Readers in 2012.