Schasm is an incredibly intense psychological thriller/ fantasy/ new adult romance...yeah, that about sums it up. Nineteen year old Chloe has essentially been a prisoner in her own house since she was seven years old due to a psychological condition that doctors can only describe as " temporary fugue-state dissociation." This intense day-dreaming is where Chloe 'drifts' into another place and possibly another time, but she can feel, get injured, interact and fall in love with people just like in real life. Chloe's mom takes her condition to the extreme, rarely letting her leave the house and eventually placing her in an institution.
The idea of 'drifting' really intrigued me in this story. More than dreaming, but having your consciousness be in two places at once. At first, the worlds that Chloe drifts to seem to be nothing more than intense dreams or made up worlds, no thanks to Chloe's mom who abuses her to get her out of her drifts. Then, the drifts turn into something more, it was a little hard to follow towards the end with worlds upon worlds and things happening in the drifts affects reality. It was a little difficult to get to know Chloe's character since she has not been allowed to have a life other than in her own drifts, but as Chloe drifts more and begins to interact within her drifts and control her drifts, she begins to develop. I also didn't mind that Chloe is a potentially unreliable narrator, l like that there are many possibilities of what is really going on in the story and not really knowing. I had absolutely no tolerance for her mother's abominable character, even after some background is learned. The romance with fellow drifter, Alex was a little fast for me. There was background there, but it needed a little more time to develop. Without giving any spoilers, there are still a lot of questions that Schasm left unanswered at the end, so right now I'm going to hop directly into Fissure Free.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
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