The Chasm (Madion War Trilogy, #2) by S. Usher Evans Book Review


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

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.”



If you haven’t read the first book in this series The Island you should read it and read my review here. It’s great.

I love this series. Personally I enjoyed the first book better than Chasm. I got a lot more of our two main characters, Theo and Galian together in the first book. In Chasm it is more Theo and Galian trying to find their way back to each other. Theo is stuck as a face on tv representing the horrors of Mael. Galian is stuck back at his hospital job watched carefully by his father. I’d be pretty hard for them to be together considering their countries are at war but will they find a way?

There was a lot of character development in this novel. Actually so far this trilogy so far has had a lot of really good character development. In Island, Theo went from some pilot that was set on killing the prince for the chance of a promotion. Now she definitely doesn’t want to kill her amichai and she is a young lady working for the government trying to stop the war (or at least that what she wants to do. She’s actually stuck as a propaganda advertisement).

I can read S. Usher Evans’ books really fast. Her writing style is my favorite to read because the point of view is constantly switching. I honestly find it kind of boring when the story has one point of view because you are following the one story the entire time. With Chasm, Theo and Galian were in different countries living different lives but having both point of views showed me how their stories affected each other. When I read her other book Spells and Sorcery it only had one point of view but I did not get bored because Sush has a writing style that is easy to read.

Everyone in Rave thinks that Theo spent the last two months in the Mael when she was actually on the island. She ends up being in the media talking about the horrors of Mael. She is stuck in this job lying to the people of Rave and she hates it. Luckily the job provides her with freedoms she did not have as a pilot so she can do some things (read the book mate and you’ll find out what).

Meanwhile in Kylae Prince Galian is working at the hospital trying to stay out of his fathers way. His father, the king is still mad about Theo, a Raven so it’s a good thing Galian is working. Unfortunately he can’t fulfill the promises to Theo because his father is watching him closely.

Here are four other reasons why you should The Chasm if you aren’t already going to read it:

  1. Theo and Galian feels give me life. They are one of my OTPs I love them. Just you wait.
  2. I absolutely love all the politics. Often books tend to skim over the politics and are like “the leader is bad we need to make it better”. This book actually goes into the politics and the characters have a different approach than revolution.
  3. You don’t even realize just how much propaganda is in these countries until you become propaganda yourself.
  4. The world that these characters are in is so much like ours but at the same so different. I love hearing about the different countries and how they all have different ways of life and different amounts of wealth.

But just you wait this book gets so good. It’s really hard to talk about because of all the spoilers that would give out. If you’ve read this book and want to talk about it comment or DM me on Twitter. I’m about to start reading The Union by S. Usher Evans, the third and final book in this series so it’s going to be good.

Have you read The Chasm or do you want to read it?


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