An unlikely hero has to tear through different planes of existence and reap through his darkest fears to save his world. Chaos in Nanosia is a kaleidoscopic, mold-breaking, physics-meets- philosophy fantasy adventure.


Zap is just a regular boy trying to conquer a deeply-ingrained phobia when a storm threatens to devastate Hadley Town. He should know what to do as he’s an apprentice of Lacus, the water mage. At the same time, in Nanosia, there’s a new and dark figure, Turbatius, looming and wanting to instill chaos all over. Will he be able to infiltrate Hadley Town? What’s causing the rain? And how does it relate to what’s happening in Nanosia? When Zap gingerly embarks on a quest to save the day, the two worlds threaten to collide. 

Rhonda Denise Johnson breaks gender barriers by mixing fantasy with sci-fi in a unique coming-of-age story that’s sure to blow readers’ minds. There is even some romance thrown in, which is always a plus in my book. The best way I have to describe such a unique narrative is the zoom-in and zoom-out functions in a camera. We all see the big picture, the panoramic, but the author allows the reader to look closer into water, fire, earth, and the physical elements, further down into the quintessence, and even closer when bringing infinitesimal and invisible beings to life. All these levels are inhabited by different creatures, from dragons and undines to spirits and bosons, all equally fascinating. However, the way all these worlds interact is not linear, making the plot a kaleidoscopic experience. 

While the author had science-inclined readers in mind, there are also a lot of philosophical questions that can appeal to other kinds of readers. For instance, Savorne struggles with her own near-immortality. For someone with more artistic inclinations, such as me, the question about the plausibility and possibility of finding beauty in chaos was fascinating. The story also has smidgens of useful lessons. Acknowledging our own emotions and how even “negative” ones can be useful is a particularly valuable lesson in this book. Zap also makes for an interesting protagonist since he’s far from perfect. He’s fearful, whiny, and has a dark backstory. But his flaws are also what makes him so relatable. 

The author overlooked descriptions in this book, heavily favoring action. This is a double-edged sword. Older folks like me might have a hard time adjusting to this new narrative style, which is closer to films. But I’m sure younger audiences, used to never-ending action and images happening on their screens, will love this fast-paced adventure. Once I adjusted to this, I found the author gave me the perfect blank slate to make my own picture of the characters. How do you imagine, for instance, a boson? While appearances are not the focus of this book, the backstories of each character are perfectly thought out. 

Chaos in Nanosia is an exciting read for fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure readers. This would make a great read for a Physics classroom. I’m sure seeing a quantum blushing could make hard sciences quite more palatable. If you loved “Alice in Wonderland” or “What the Bleep Do We Know!?” make sure not to miss Chaos in Nanosia and the previous installments in the Nanosia series. 

Book Details

  • Title: Chaos in Nanosia
  • Author: Rhonda Denise Johnson
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Theme: Fantasy, Coming of Age
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2023
  • ISBN or ASIN: B0C2S362T8
  • Number of Pages: 333
  • Minimum Audience Age: 15

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 0
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 1
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 1
  • Other adult themes: 0


  • Content: 4 stars
  • Writing Style: 3 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 3 stars
  • Uniqueness: 5 stars
  • Editing: 1 star
  • Other factors: 3 stars
  • Overall: 3.2 out of 5

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By Fermosalua

B.A. in Literature and Linguistics. Professional daydreamer, reader, and art-lover. Amateur artist. Housewife in my spare time. Words are my life so I strive to encourage authors and readers alike.

One thought on “A Book Review by Fermosalua: “Chaos in Nanosia” by Rhonda Denise Johnson”
  1. This sounds like a fascinating science fiction adventure! I appreciate the reviewer identifying philosophical questions and lessons to learn in the text. I also admire how the reviewer turned a negative into a positive when pointing out that the author’s lack of description gave a blank slate for imagination. The review is beautifully written and encourages readers to pick up the book.