Review: Schasm by Shari J. Ryan

Schasm by Shari J. Ryan
Series: Schasm (# 1)
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Pages: 246
Source: book provided by publisher for review

What happens when two worlds collide? Chloe Valcourt drifts between two worlds: the dark reality of her horrible parents and doctors versus the vivid fantasy of her imagination. 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? A thriller guaranteed to make your mind spin, Schasm is a young adult novel destined to change how you view the power of your mind.


Review: This is the first book in the Schasm series. There are three books in total and you must read all of them in order to understand the entire story. I have only finished book one and I am anxious to finish the next two.

So far, I am left with many unanswered questions. The story is told by Chloe Valcourt. Throughout the book, the reader follows Chloe into her mind while she drifts from reality to her alternate state of mind. It is very hard to tell them apart. It is not very realistic and I was not able to feel a connection with any of the characters. Not even one of them. Although, I did feel sorry for them because of their mental illness. I have yet to understand the decisions that are made by Chloe’s mother. Chloe’s boyfriend is another mystery. I’m not sure that I like him either. The characters and events are very confusing and not very well explained.

The storyline seems to be interesting. I think this may be a good series if more questions are answered in book two and three. Schasm did grab my attention enough that I cannot just leave the questions unanswered, I need to finish all of the books.

Follow up: After reading all three books of the Schasm series, I understand it a little more. I was completely lost until the final book.