ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

Posted July 11, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher EvansThe Chasm by S. Usher Evans
Series: Madion War Series #2
Published by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing on July 12th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, romance, Young Adult
Pages: 296
Format: hardcover
Source: Free for Review
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four-stars

They survived The Island, but can they cross The Chasm?
Four months after Prince Galian was discovered alive on a remote island, he's adjusting slowly to life at the hospital under the Kylaen media's glare. His promises to Theo remain unfulfilled as fear of his father keeps him from taking concrete action. And the more he learns about the machinations in Kylae, the less sure he is that it's possible to make a difference. Across the great Madion Sea, Major Theo Kallistrate struggles to navigate the tricky political waters of Rave's presidential staff. To make positive change for her people, she must remain relevant and interesting to the Raven media and to the president. When he asks her to deliver a speech on her supposed two-month imprisonment at Mael, she's not sure she can stomach the lies. The Chasm is S. Usher Evans' breathtaking, fast-paced follow-up to The Island, which readers say is "not to be missed."

As you might know, I really enjoyed The Island. There’s something special about two enemies, shipwrecked on an island and then fall in love. The romance is woven into a larger and more complex fantasy tale about an ongoing revolution that really worked for me. Plus, I absolutely adore Theo Kallistrate. She’s strong and snarky and stubborn… maybe I identify a little (a lot) with that. I love it when she is so stubborn that she cuts of her nose to spite her face. That’s something I’m know for, much to my husband’s dismay.

The Chasm really builds on the story that’s already in place. Theo grew up a poor orphan; conscripted into the army as soon as she was old enough to hold a wrench. She has seen so much of the fight from the trenches that she thought she knew everything about the war. However, now that she’s back in Rave as a famous war hero, she discovers that there is a definite class system in Rave and maybe everything isn’t quite what is seems.

In Chasm, all of the political undertones and information about the conflict between Kylae and Rave that was in the background in The Island comes rushing in. Theo and Galian are no longer in their island oasis and they have to deal with the real live ramifications of their secret love. On the island, they struggled with outside forces but were together. They had to rely on each other to stay alive. Now they are separated and forced to act independently. It’s a totally different situation.

I love how this book is almost completely opposite of The Island. The main characters are apart for almost the entire book (separated by a Chasm, maybe) and yet the romance is so strong and beautiful. You can really feel Theo and Galian’s connection and their desire to be together, despite outside forces and events keeping them apart.

I can’t wait for Union now!

four-stars

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