When reality utterly fails you, there is always the comfort of the land of dreams. Chloe Valcourt, a tormented nineteen-year-old young woman, has for twelve years hovered between a daily life dominated by an abusive mother and an imagined alternate world that exists only in her mind’s eye. Can she keep track of which is real—and whether or not she is real, too? Schasm is the mind-bending young adult romance by Shari J. Ryan that mines the heart of darkness, where one young woman seeks light in her own shimmering daydreams.
A psychological condition has captured the body, mind, and soul of Chloe, and thrust her into the hands of probing doctors at the continued mercy of her tyrannical mother. As she struggles to break free of the grim life into which she was born, she continues to suffer the daily assaults from her mother and the dispiriting weakness of her dejected father. When Chloe unexpectedly finds herself drawn into a new, warm life abundant in love and romance with a kindhearted man named Alex, the escape at last gives her a happiness that she's never been allowed to feel. However, when hidden truths reveal a life that she cannot remember, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what isn't.
Blending extreme daydreaming, alternating realities, and multiple personalities, Schasm is a gripping tale that treads the thin line between a harrowing reality and the captivating terrain of an imagined world. As Chloe plays too close to the edge of insanity, her multiple realities clash, leaving her to question everything, including her own existence. Anyone who relishes a flight of fancy with richly drawn characters and surprising twists of plot will be immersed in the strange new world of Schasm, where nothing is at it seems.
This book sent me for a loop! Chloe had me back and forth not knowing which way was up!! The line between reality and dreams is so blurred that not only was Chloe confused - so was I! The romance between Alex and Chloe is both hot and disturbing.
Chloe and Alex have an ability to walk into their dreams, or is it an alternate reality? And Chloe finds out that she is not the only one in her family with this ability and her mother has known about it her whole life. This is upsetting to Chloe since her mother has treated her like she is mentally ill and a danger to other people locking her away other than to bring her to her weekly appointments.
Chloe is a very sympathetic character who finds herself in circumstances most of us cannot fathom. I enjoyed this book but at times it wasn't an easy read. Be prepared to be thrown into a world which will leave you questioning everything.
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