A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Agent of Chaos: The X-Files Origins presents a fairly realistic picture of forensic science and police procedure in 1979. The book also serves as an introduction to the work of renowned science fiction/fantasy writer Michael Moorcock.
Friends should trust each other with their secrets. The world is stranger than it seems.
Positive Role Models
Fox Mulder is smart, brave, and persistent. He still carries around guilt for not having prevented his younger sister's mysterious disappearance, which often causes problems between him and his father.
Violence & Scariness
The plot of Agent of Chaos revolves around the kidnapping and murders of young children. Mulder sees one of the bodies but does not witness an actual killing. A supporting character is murdered by government agents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mulder has intense romantic feelings for his friend Phoebe but does not know what to do about them. They share a few passionate embraces and spend a night in bed, fully clothed.
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"Hell" is used perhaps a dozen times, "damn" less frequently.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One adult character is identified by his cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Agent of Chaos: The X-Files Origins, Book 1, by YA author Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), is based on the popular X-Files TV show and depicts one of its lead characters, Fox Mulder, as a teen in 1979. The plot revolves around a villain who kidnaps and murders young children, but the level of actual violence is low. A supporting character dies by having his neck snapped. Swearing is limited to a dozen or so uses of "hell" and one or two of "damn." Sexual content is minimal, limited to a few passionate kisses and a night spent in bed with clothes on.
Is It Any Good?
Popular TV characters don't always make a smooth transition from the small screen to the page, but this early adventure of a budding FBI agent stays true to the series while succeeding on its own. Haunted and guilt-ridden about his sister's disappearance, Mulder is an intense main character, but the new supporting characters -- Gimble and Phoebe -- add some much-needed humor and romance. Author Kami Garcia keeps the level of suspense high and knows how to choreograph a creepy encounter. Like the TV series, the book ends with plenty of dangling plot threads, but that sense of ongoing mystery is part of its appeal.
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