The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia
Fans of the cult-favorite TV show the X-Files are in for a treat with Agent of Chaos as familiar faces and clues are explored and readers get to meet a teenage version of Fox Mulder!
Set during the spring of 1979, Agent of Chaos weaves in a serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy taking fans back to familiar ground while introducing new fans to what made this TV series such a long standing favorite.
I knew immediately as an X-Files fan that I had to read The X-Files Origins series opener. I could not resist revisiting characters from one of my favorite shows and learning just what made a young Fox Mulder a believer and Dana Scully a skeptic.
Kami Garcia and Jonathan Mayberry take readers back to the beginning of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
Each book, there are two out, focuses on a character (Kami Garcia writing Fox Mulder's story and Jonathan Maberry writes Dana Scully's) as they come across pivotal challenges that will forever change them.
These precursors are just what fans have always longed for and now we finally get the chance to see just what makes our favorite characters tick while giving new fans a dark thriller introducing them to what fans loved so much about the X-Files.
Suspense, speculative fiction and a seventeen-year-old Fox Mulder.
In The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos we get Mulder's story and I was so happy with how well seventeen-year-old Fox Mulder was portrayed. He is smart, snarky, vulnerable and all teenage boy yet he retained all those little quirks and habits I loved about him in his older, FBI profiler version. I loved his voice and Kami Garcia got so many things right, it felt just as if the years had been rewound.
The plot had all the makings of a typical mystery while adding classic X-File elements for fans to delight in. Smoking Man makes an appearance, hints on the disappearance of Mulder's sister Samantha are sprinkled throughout, and even the origins of Agent X is teasingly revealed.
Agent of Chaos has plenty of conspiracy theories included and an equal amount of pop culture references to keep the story from getting too dark or overwhelming for new readers.
The X-Files was a mastermind at grabbing viewers attention with speculative fiction while ending each episode with enough closure to make viewers happy and leaving enough mystery each week to keep us coming back for more. Agent of Chaos manages to do the same - feeling complete on its own while leaving plenty of room for more storytelling.
A must-read for fans of the X-Files and a fun mystery thriller for new readers.
The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos
by Kami Garcia
Series: The X-Files Origins
On Sale Date: January 3, 2017
Young Adult Fiction, Speculative Fiction Thrillers & Suspense
Imprint (Macmillan), 320 pages
My Rating: 4 Stars
How did Fox Mulder become a believer? How did Dana Scully become a skeptic? The X-Files Origins has the answers.
The X-Files Origins: Agent of Chaos explores the teen years of Fox Mulder, the beloved character depicted in the cult-favorite TV show The X-Files. His story is set in the spring of 1979, when serial murder, the occult, and government conspiracy were highlighted in the news.
The book will follow Mulder as he experiences life-changing events that set him on the path to becoming an FBI agent.