ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

The Chasm by S. Usher Evans
Series: Madion War Trilogy #2
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy, Romance
Publication: July 12th 2016 by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing
Length: 296 pages
Format: eARC from author

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.”

When I read THE ISLAND a few months ago, I fell in love with the characters and the whole premise of the story. Thus, I was incredibly excited to start this much anticipated sequel. Overall, I was not disappointed in this novel that was filled with political intrigue and rebellious undertones.

The novel starts off from where we left Theo and Galian last, a few months later. In these several months, Theo and Galian are separated (woe me), and they both have to figure out how to steer their ways through the political shenanigans of both Raven and Kylae as well as back to each other. Throughout this novel, we learn more about the rival nations and more about our main characters, which I thought was well-done. There wasn’t too much info dumping, but more of a gentle sprinkling of information that didn’t seem too overwhelming when I was reading.

The developing romance between Theo and Galian was also nicely-written. We experience more angst (thank) between the two lovers as they are both in different nations. If it seems like Theo and Galian are separated for too long, fret not! Keep reading because the steamy scenes between them are totally worth it. Don’t worry, there’s no love triangle in this one either, if you’re wondering.

One reservation I have about this novel was the overly similar voices of the main characters. The novel is told in dual POVs between Theo and Galian but sometimes, when I was reading, it was difficult to remember who was talking because their inner ramblings and thoughts sounded so similar.

Do I recommend? Although this book is vastly different from THE ISLAND in terms of overall themes, I enjoyed this book. If you loved THE ISLAND as much as I did and are ready for more Theo and Galian but with more political development, then I do recommend this book for you!

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Have you read this book yet? What did you think about it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


3 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Chasm by S. Usher Evans

  1. I have The Island sitting in my bookshelf waiting to be read but I’m glad to hear your thoughts on this one before I do and to hear that it’s mostly positive thoughts is great! The Island really intrigued me from reading the blurb and to know that novel its sequel lives up to the hype makes me want to read it even more!


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