Sixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn’t feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother—and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she’s ever known—and she knows that the black shadowy entity that’s begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.
A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.
Well the title was really, really well suited here. The book descended into chaos halfway through but luckily it was a recognisable chaos that we could follow what was happening.
I love Scotch (although her name makes me think of scotch eggs). She’s shallow, impulsive and stubborn but she’s interesting for all of that and I loved reading about her. All her friends and family were really fun to read about, they were all 3D characters who had both good and bad sides.
The setting and plot were done well, I was constantly surprised by the plot as it was just chaotic enough to throw me for a loop as something changed (like her jumping into the volcano and Spot being the bad guy) although I think some parts of the plot could have been tightened up.
The main problem I found I had with this story was that I felt like things were wrapped up too quickly. The main plot was wrapped up nicely but not the side plots like the rift between Scotch and Rich and their parents, Scotch’s friends and her boyfriend. Yes, there was a little essay epilogue thing which I thought was a cool way to end it but I wish that the author had put a scene into between the climax of the plot and the epilogue bit. Maybe a scene where Scotch meets up with everyone directly afterwards instead of a while later.
But that was minor enough and I did like the book. Four stars!