Review of Schasm

March 1, 2014 Reviews 1 ★★★★

Review of SchasmSchasm by Shari J. Ryan
Series: The Schasm Series #1
on 1/20/14
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 269
Format: eARC
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four-stars
Chloe Valcourt drifts between two worlds: the dark reality of her domineering mother and feeble father and the vivid fantasy of her imagination. With her condition comes the harsh observation of doctors who intend to cure her of it. But a chance encounter with a handsome and vaguely familiar young man in her dream world hints at the possibility of hidden truths—and a life she can’t remember. As her drifts become a greater escape from the cruelty of the real world, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what is imagined, questioning her very existence. Can she remain in the lush new imagined landscape to find happiness in a realm of her own invention? Is she doomed to return to the harsh reality of the outside world forever? Or will she become trapped somewhere between the two…unable to return to either?
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Kristina’s Review:

There were times while reading this that I felt crazy. I felt my mind drift. I thought I had it figured out, until I didn't. I hated, more than ever before. I also trusted NO ONE! 

That's the sign of a good book. 
One that draws you in, and makes you part of the story. Schasm did that for me. The story itself pans out much like a winding roller coaster, moving in the the pitch black night, and without the feeling of the drop. I can't describe this any more clearly than the book itself. You'll have to trust me when I say, it speaks for itself. 

Chloe Vancourt has been imprisoned by her mother since she was seven. She has felt like her "gift" was a disease her entire life. At nineteen she has no memory of her life before seven, and hasn't experienced anything a normal person would experience. She "drifts" without control, and her Mother does everything to restrain her from doing so. She is hooked up to wires, and paraded around the psych ward as if she can't function as a person. This was one of the saddest parts of a story. The relationship with her Mom made my blood boil. I have never in my reading life, hated a character more. It was so hard reading this at times, because of the anger I possessed while reading these interactions.

The "drifts" themselves were amazing. I fell in book boyfriend love with Alex! He was always so tuned into Chloe. His constant sacrifice, and devotion was amazing. I know I said I trusted no one through this read, and it's true I didn't. However, I always wanted to believe my gut when it came to Alex. Whether the gut feeling of mine was accurate or not, you'll have to find out for yourself. This is a must read! You can not skip over this book. It was a ride, that I'm not sure I want to get off of. One click it immediately!! 

 

 

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Overall: 4

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