Monday, 11 July 2016

ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

The Chasm
By: S. Usher Evans
Pages: 296
Published: July 12th, 2016
Published by: Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Sypnosis:
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."

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I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to read this!

Sush kicked off her newest new adult trilogy less than three months ago and I am so glad that I was able to help promote the series every step of the way. After reading the Island, I was blown away with the great characters and premise, but now after reading the Chasm, I am hooked and am craving the Union (which is out next year on Valentine’s Day! The Chasm was an amazing follow-up to the Island with very real characters, and tension written so well that I felt like I was going to burst if nothing happened, causing me rate it with a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The sequel starts off with Theo and Galian separated once more, serving their countries in their own ways, but still thinking of each other; definitely not in the super whiny way that you would think, but they are trying to focus with their tasks at hand before thinking of the other. While Theo and Galian were always better together, they definitely still were amazing at making differences in their own countries. It was definitely a great sight watching Theo’s rebelliousness rubbing off on Galian. And when they were together, man, it was greattttttt.
The chemistry between Theo and Galian is definitely my favourite part of the trilogy. Sush has this amazing way of making them work so well with each other, even though they are almost completely different. Their bantering and conversations easily had me laughing and smiling even when their situation was grim. Theo and Galian are so, so precious, definitely OTP material.

Also, in this middle book, we learn so much more about the world Theo and Galian live in. We get to see how corrupted their societies and politics are. It made it seem even more real to me, like I could physically live in their world. We also learn so much more about the secondary characters like Kaden, the Queen, and Rhy. I've come to love each of these characters, so precious and MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS. And there are some characters that I can’t help but hate because of certain things they did. Sush creates really, really great and loveable characters, and also really hateable ones.

Aside from the slower pace, there was nothing I didn’t like about the Chasm. In fact, despite the slower pace, I still tore through this book really quickly. Sush really makes a triumphant return with this sequel, developing the amazing characters and world that she created in the Island even further.

Final verdict:
I feel that The Chasm was the perfect middle book in the Madion Trilogy, successfully meeting the expectations from the first novel, and creating a strong craving for the last installment of the trilogy. Amazingly well-written characters and world, I definitely advise you to pick this up because Theo and Galian are everything.

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