Schasm by Shari J. Ryan

Shari J. Ryan
Published January 25th 2014 by Booktrope Editions
246 Pages
ISBN13: 9781620152010

Chloe possesses the ability to ‘drift’ which is similar to dreaming with a few exceptions. 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.

Ryan developed a very creative narrative. Unique, full of suspense, it truly is a breakaway from anything out there. Her writing style shows promise, especially for a debut effort. I know the masses will enjoy Schasm.

The concept is extremely clever. Ryan is obviously ingenious with quite an imagination. The dream/drifting notion leaves you pondering, lots to explore while reading and long after you have completed Schasm. A great psychological thriller, you have no idea what will happen next, or the final outcome, loads of suspense with very little predictability.

The romance area could use a boost. There is a obvious romance element but it is very subdued. Perhaps this is intentional and attachment will unfold with the following installments in the series. I just wish there was more in the first book than what was presented.

I prefer character driven narratives, Schasm was purely plot driven. Ryan didn’t provide a lot on the characters personalities, back history and such. Once again, could possibly be another deliberate move with more unfolding as the series continues. Without characterization the reader fails to develop a connection with players.

The later portion of the book is a bit muddled. A lot is going on and it’s chaotic and disjointed. As a reader you are forced to pause and revisit what was presented. Creating mystery is great as long as it holds clarity. Editing might improve the slight confusion readers will face.

Schasm is a good book. Creative, suspenseful. Despite the issues I pointed out its worth the time and attention. Editing could turn this into greatness, clearly the potential is apparent. The creativity is the greatest feature, worth experiencing it for yourself. Curious to see what Ryan has in store with the series.

3 stars


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