Friday, December 9, 2016

#ReadIndie Review: The Chasm

The Chasm (Madion War Trilogy, #2)Title: The Chasm
Author: S. Usher Evans
Publisher: Suns Golden Ray Publishing
Release Date: July 12, 2016

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."

I remember reading The Island a while back and just loving the fast-paced feel. The Chasm is the same in that regard, while of course no longer being set on an island. 

We start off a few months after the events of The Island. Theo is working for President Bayard in Rave, and Galian is working in the hospital as far from his father as he can get. But neither of them is any closer to closing the death camp, Mael, or finding a way to peacefully end the war between their two countries. 

Again, I loved reading from both POVs (even if Galian was still my favorite). Theo and Galian both go through a lot of character development, and Galian learning more about how his country works and realizing the consequences of his own actions was something I couldn't get enough of. We got to see a lot more about the leadership in Rave this time around, and it was interesting seeing how it wasn't just Kylae that was corrupt. 

Throughout the entire book, my heart raced, I wanted to cry, I couldn't wait to get to the next page. It was hard to put down, and I ended with a big book hangover. So many things happened in the span of 300 pages, and I couldn't help but constantly be surprised. I ended up hating some characters and really falling in love with others. One of my new favorites in this installment is Rhys, Galian's older brother and the heir to the throne of Kylae. He tells it like it is, but he's still always on Galian's side.

One of the things I love about this series is the trope of enemies to lovers. It's one of my favorite tropes, and it's utilized perfectly (along with the star-crossed lovers trope).

I think this was even better than the first book, and now I cannot wait for the final installment. If you like your non-contemporary books NA and with some romance, you should definitely give this series a shot.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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