CHAOS CODE by Justin Richards

In an effort to offer an alternative to all the paranormal romance books available, I have a book recommendation for teen boys. Of course, girls are free to read this as well. As a teenager this is the kind of book I would have chosen for myself. Chaos Code by British author Justin Richards is a great, fast-paced adventure book.

Turning up on his archeologist father’s doorstep for the start of a school break, Matt finds his dad missing. A trace of sandy footprints and a mysterious coded message left by Dad soon has young Matt hot on his father’s trail. With his new friend, Robin, and her father, Matt discovers Dad has been kidnapped in order to help an egomaniac find and decode a system that will allow world domination. The stakes are high. Matt and Robin must rescue Matt’s father and prevent the villain from executing his plan. Connections to the mythology of the great flood, quantum theory, and the power of computer technology all add to the plot and suspense.

 Justin Richards consults for the BBC on the Doctor Who books and has published several books for young readers including Death Collector, Parliament of Blood, and the Invisible Detective series. If you like action and technology, you might want to give him a try.

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24 responses to “CHAOS CODE by Justin Richards

  1. While I am certainly not a teen boy, I think I might just check this one out! It sounds like an interesting plot, and I’m assuming a fairly quick read if it’s geared towards young readers, which is something my schedule demands these days. Thanks for the review!

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  3. karenspath

    I am excited to read this book. I have a hard time getting my ten year old son interested in books, other than factual non historical books. Any suggestions?

    • Try the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer. There are also a ton of books listed by categories that appeal to boys at http://www.guysread.org. I think at 10 it’s also helpful if you start a book with your son by reading out loud the first few chapters and then letting him take over to finish on his own.

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  6. This actually sounds like something my 12 year old daughter would like. Interestingly girls seem to be willing to read books with male protagonists but boys seem less keen to read stories with female ones! I have just been enjoying some interesting past posts on your blog (especially enjoyed the Alice one). Thanks for visiting mine!

  7. promethics

    There’s a few books that stick in my head with teen male protagoninsts, some I read as a teen myself, others more recently. There’s H beam Piper’s Four Day Planet, about a teenage boy whose father runs the only newspaper on a barely habitable colony world controlled by a corrupt government, where most of the work is hunting giant sea monsters. A Dark Travelling, by Roger Zelazny, follows fifteen-year old werewolf James Wiley, his sister, and an exchange student as they search for their missing father. Now as I think of it, his Madwand also has a teen protagonist, IIRC. More recently, Timothy Zahn wrote the Dragonback series, where 14 year old Jack Morgan and a ship’s AI modeled no his dead uncle meet a strange dragonlike alien who needs their help to prevent his species from suffering genocide. That series runs six books, starting with Dragon and Thief, and I recommend to teens, adults, and precocious children alike.

  8. I have a young friend who reads this genre and he does bemoan the lack of male perspective books. I’ll pass it on. Thanks 🙂

  9. Carrie Crain

    Forget kids! I may check his book out. LOL. Sounds so Hardy Boyish. Fun!

  10. This sounds like something my grandsons would love. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks!

  11. I love books like these. However, I think writers nowadays find world domination and destruction interesting as they don’t write anything except that. Still I find them interesting.

  12. Thank you for recommending this book, I think, myself and my brother are going to enjoy this adventure.

  13. How nice of you to think of the boys too. Good recommendation! The Twilight and its imitators exasperated DS.

  14. biochick

    I think it’s great that you are reccomending books for boys, teen fiction seems to be very dominated by the female market. Next time I’m looking for a quick read I’ll check it out.

  15. Thank you, I’ve been looking for more books for my grandsons; also, I love reading young adult fiction, because it is generally free from smut. I’ve been a book reviewer for some time and love it when another reviewer gives me a great tip on a new read!

  16. yomicfit

    I love that there are more and more books out there for teen boys!
    Great job for passing it along .

  17. hiya thank you for sharing this , it sounds great i may have to get it for myself, i might let me son read it after me 🙂 thank you and i hope you have a great evening xx

  18. Books and reading are almost my life blood. I am always thrilled when I see children and young adults leaving a local library loaded down with books. The world is yours when you read. Virginia

    • I agree! But we have a problem in this country with boys giving up on reading so early. That’s why you’ll see me putting special effort toward reading geared toward boys.

      • Excellent This is so important, especially later in life. By the time our son was 10 he had read Lord of the Rings 3 times. We’ve taught him that you can do almost anything (short of brain surgery) if you can read a book. True to what we believe he has taught himself plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and welding. (with just a little help from his Dad). With this knowledge he has taken an almost tear down house into a thing of beauty. We are very proud of him. Virginia

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