Book Review: Schasm by: Shari J. Ryan

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Booktrope Editions

Publication Date: January 25, 2014

Origins:  From Booktrope Publishing for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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?

Series: Schasm (1)

Review: Chloe Valcourt was diagnosed with a ‘disorder’ when she was a child. The doctors feel she has some type of schizophrenia, but cannot pinpoint exactly what the diagnosis should be. Chloe “drifts” between reality and a world of pure imagination. Her mother hates her and her father does his best, but is beaten down by her mother’s behavior. In her drifts she meets Alex, a boy who says he knows her and teaches her more about her drifts than any doctor. SCHASM questions the nature of reality and our perceptions. I felt badly for Chloe because it seemed like everyone was against her. If I were her, I’d want to spend all my time in the drift, too. As Chloe learns more about Alex, things really start to get unusual. SCHASM will leave readers not knowing they are right side up or upside down. SCHASM is a great book which will have you reevaluating your own reality!

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