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Agent of Chaos (The X-Files: Origins #1)

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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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Imprint
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Emma I think you'd be fine reading the books first. I've only seen one or two episodes of the show and had no issue following the books.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin


I loved this book so much. I felt like the author captured a young, Fox Mulder, to a T! I could actually see the older Fox talking in every sentence. =)

This follows the story of a young Mulder of seventeen. He's living with his father after the disappearance of his sister, Samantha. His parents had issues and they wanted Mulder to go to a different school for his senior year and then off to college.


Mulder has a goofy friend named Gimble that plays D & D and I just loved
The X-Files was and still is one of my favorite shows and I absolutely couldn't resist reading teenage Mulder. And of course he's just as you would expect.

Loved the story, the characters, and the creepy factor. It felt like an episode and I was captivated from the beginning.

Onward to Scully's story!

**Huge thanks to the publisher for sending me an early copy**

K back from temper tantrum now.

So I had this huge brilliant review* for this book, which I stupidly wrote in the review space here on Goodreads instead of somewhere that saved things periodically like I usually do, and upon being two sentences away from finishing it, my browser decided to to go non-responsive, crashed and deleted the whole thing. I will note that this ONLY ever happens to me wh
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
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*Review to come!*

**Anticipatory Comments**

Wait... what? I adore The X-Files and YA fiction is my LIFE, but what is Mulder without Scully?? I'm hesitantly excited about this book...

Lorraine Southern
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars ****
This book was great fun for an X-Files fan like me! Fox Mulder, Mr Cool himself, as a teen in this his origin story. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty, I know, but nothing does!! This is not literary excellence, it’s just a fun, fast-paced look at how Fox Mulder became a believer. The Cigarette Smoking Man, X, the Major, Samantha, the missing, aliens, UFOs, conspiracies, the occult - it’s all here in a thoroughly enjoyable read!
The truth is out there, you know? 😉
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I watched The X-Files with my dad religiously growing up, so when I heard about Origins, I knew I needed them in my life. Reading about young Mulder and how he learned that there are no coincidences and why he should trust now one made my inner conspiracy theorist sing glory.

Now on to read Scully's Origin. If it is half as good as this book, then it will be in good company.
Feb 22, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Fox Mulder's story, age 17, set in the spring of 1979.


Michael Hicks
My original THE X-FILES: ORIGINS - AGENT OF CHAOS audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

I have to admit, I was rather skeptical at the notion of a young adult The X-Files title when the Origins book, Agent of Chaos, was first announced. And although this was a fun audiobook, with several nods toward key components of The X-Files lore, I’m not convinced it’s an indispensable chapter to the series’ ever-growing mythology despite the entertainment value.

Kami Garcia pre
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the X-Files and loved this book.
Nancy The book junkie
Review to come!
I've been having a hard time with retellings lately. Every book that I've been reading has me thinking, but is this really Bruce Wayne? Is this really the voice of Belle? And then I'm usually yelling at the book, THIS IS NOT *MY* SLEEPING BEAUTY. However, hold your book fantasy horses, because Kami Garcia did it and got the voice of Fox Mulder down perfectly. This is honestly one of the best retellings/prequels in a TV/Movie character's that I've read it, and I just want to bask in all the X-Fil ...more
Sara Michaels
Overall I thought this was a great book for young adult readers and a really neat way to get that age group into The X-Files. This book is easily read by fans and non-fans (there are some cute references throughout that fans will definitely appreciate, but will not distract or confuse non-fans) and is entertaining. Plus -- and I'm guessing this was intentional -- the similarities of the plot to the story of the David Meirhofer murder case (the first serial killer the FBI used "offender profiling ...more
Okay, so Fox Mulder is pretty much my fave fictional character of all time, so I was treading dangerous reading waters by picking this up. But teen!Mulder was not something I could pass up.

And you know what? Garcia's Mulder was pretty darn spot on. Some things he said and did didn't QUITE fit with his character, but overall I really did feel like I was reading about baby Mulder. Which was amazing.

I really liked the mystery/thriller element, too.

Although, I have to say that the ending felt ver
Eliza and her books
This was so amazing if you loved "The X-Files" TV show you really need to read this like now it is so cannon you guys i do recommend going into not knowing anything because the twists and turns really should come as surprise so I'm going just to end this review by saying read this read it now
Stacy Fetters
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"When in dark of night I wake, show me the soul that I must take."
Ever since I heard about this book, I needed to get my hands on this like how a junkie needs a fix. Holy hell!! What did I just read? I'm speechless at how divine this was.
You take something we all love and make a back story of a younger Mulder and how he started to believe. Because you really can't trust anyone.
The book starts off with a bang and slowly sets up the pace for that mindblowing end that is to come.
Mulder is a 17
Sana Zameer
2.5 Stars

I'm a huge X-Files fan. Reading about a teenage Mulder was a bit odd after watching an adult portrayal of him for so many years. Seventeen years old Fox Mulder is obsessed with finding his sister Samantha, who disappeared five years prior. He starts investigating the disappearence of several kids who have similarities with Samantha's case. I think Kami Garcia didn't portray Mulder right. The plot was too reliable on a certain book and the secondary characters were insignificant. The mys
I loved this glimpse into Fox Mulder's adolescence, but was disappointed at the inconclusive ending.
Jayson Barker
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow of a start, but definitely a great read for fans of The X-Files. Some references to characters from the actual television series. It also had great new characters and I was happy with this view of young Fox Mulder.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The premise of this book is great, and I'll admit it made me start watching the series again. I loved the idea of teenage Mulder, and learning how exactly he began working with the FBI, and what lead to his inane fascination with aliens. Maybe I just had too high of expectations.

There were a LOT of references to the tv show throughout this, but they weren't subtly sprinkled in and fun little tidbits. They were rammed down your throat the entire time. I didn't need an overabundance of connection
Oh fox Mulder even as a 17 year old I still adore you.

I am a huge x-files fan and I was equal part skeptical and excited about reading the xfiles origin books and on the whole I was reasonably pleased with what I read. They do capture the spirit of the TV series for me getting the essence of both Mulder and Scully right so they feel right as a prequel to the series. I would gladly read more of these following both Mulder and Scully right through until they become the agents we meet in the first
Logan Price
I listened to this novel on audible and the narrator did a really good job. Let me start by making two list: the things I liked, and the things I didn't like so much.

Things I liked.....
1) The story and the mystery were really well developed
2) The character and character growth were done really clearly and really in depth. The characters were more than likeable.
3) I hadn't seen the X-Files and it wasn't necessary to understand the story
4) I really enjoyed the fact that another novel was mention
Jessica | Booked J
Review also posted here.
It's no secret that The X-Files is one of my favourite shows of all-time. If you know me in real-life, my world pretty much revolves around it and you can catch me flailing over it daily. That's not an exaggeration. Also, I'm a massive fan of Kami Garcia's work--I would definitely go so far to say that she is one of my favourite YA authors.

While I had a little hesitance in picking up the origins of The X-Files, I also have very little self control and knew that the day w
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love love love love love. I love the X-Files. I love Fox Mulder. I lurrrrrrve David Duchovny. I was pretty sure I was going to enjoy this book, and I did. I love this author's other series, so I was excited when I heard she writing about a young Fox Mulder. This book takes us through the first "case" he investigates as a high school senior. I enjoyed the cast of characters (both familiar and new), and it was a lot of fun seeing baby Mulder get his start. I would definitely recommend watching the ...more
Katya Becerra
Agents of Chaos was a neat look into the formative years of one Fox Mulder.

A real treat for all hardcore X-Files fans and for pretty much anyone else - yes, even those who somehow managed to grow up/exist unaware of the X-Files awesomeness.

I loved the creepy mystery at the core of this book, the detailed preview of the workings of the young Mulder's brain and the hints of big, sinister things that lurk just within our reach but are totally unseen - for the most part.

It was also a fast-paced r
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Actual Rating: 4.5*

I really enjoyed this one! I think anyone who enjoys conspiracy theories, aliens, xfiles, or just generally a good cop show will enjoy this one. I liked the characterizations and the consistency to the original story but I had a few minor complaints which I'll highlight in my full review!
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Interesante y divertido y aunque el misterio es bastante sencillo tiene mucho material para convertirse en una muy buena serie de misterio.
Yolanda Sfetsos
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All X-Files fans!
I'm a huge fan of The X-Files, so when I found out there were two YA books coming out featuring Mulder and Scully, I was totally interested.

It's 1979 and Fox Mulder is seventeen. He's living with his father in Washington DC during his last year of high school. The two don't get along, but that's fine with Mulder because his father is always busy with his mysterious work. Mulder is really clever and meticulous, though he has a hard time putting his emotions into words. Plus he's totally obsessed
When Fox Mulder was just a kid, his little sister was kidnapped while he was babysitting her. That event has haunted him and his family ever since. So, when children start to go missing and then turn up dead from what appears to be a ritualistic serial killer, Mulder knows that he has to do something.

While I like the X-files, I'm certainly not the world's greatest fan - I've probably seen around 1/2 of the episodes, and I haven't watched the reboot. However, this book jumped out at me as I was p
Joshua Hair
I'm hesitant to write this review at all. Allow me to preface this by saying that I am a TREMENDOUS fan of the X-Files. I've watched the entire series through (including movies) twice now and just recently started a third run-through. I've read a majority of the books by the very talented Mr. Kevin J. Anderson and indulged in Chris Carter's unfortunately defunct second series, Millennium. I have a large collection of the comics based off the series and a ridiculous amount of memorabilia and othe ...more
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this one much easier to digest than Scully's book. The cutting away to Syndicate scenes was kept to a minimum, so we mostly stayed focused on Mulder's journey. (And, let's face it--Mulder's just a way less complicated and interesting person than Scully. We all know it's all about Scully.) This is supposed to be "how Mulder became a believer", but really it's just "the first time Mulder is exposed to an alien conspiracy theorist." That's not a criticism--what you see is what you get, and ...more
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