I received a free copy of Laura Maisano’s upcoming release, SCHISM, in exchange for an honest review. For the sake of complete transparency, I feel I should mention – not that you couldn’t figure it out on your own – that Laura has edited two of my manuscripts. (And done a wonderful job of it, by the way…)
SCHISM opens on a typical modern American college campus. Right away, Laura Maisano enshrouds the two main characters with mystery. Gabe has lost his memory. Lea is just weird, in a slightly Luna Lovegood way. They’re both a little quirky, and I love that about them.
Not being one to read or write a lot of contemporary literature in the new adult category, and being perhaps a few years past my own early twenties, to put it politely, it took me a few chapters to adjust to both the setting and the more casual style of writing and dialogue. I’d compare this to the way it took a few chapters to adjust to the first person present tense of The Hunger Games – a little awkward at first, but ultimately nothing to keep one from enjoying a good story.
And SCHISM is a good story. Gabe and Lea grow as individuals and as a team. Initially awkward and unsure of themselves in our world, their journeys to Gabe’s true home, Ilirin, reveal strengths – and weaknesses – neither knew they possessed, endow them with confidence, and unite them in the cause much bigger and costlier than either anticipated.
And that’s what I ultimately love about this book – In the settings, character, and plot, there is much more than initially meets the eye. Once Gabe and Lea started traversing dimensions, it was really hard – like, “I want to keep reading, but my eyes won’t stay open” hard – to put the book down.
A final note: I love how Laura handles some of her secondary characters in such a way that the reader wants to know more about them, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel as much to learn how things turn out for these characters as for Gabe and Lea.
So, hugs for Laura Maisano (You got this, girl!), and squeals for SCHISM, available for preorder on Amazon.
About the author
Laura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY.
Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day. Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure. Check out her blog at LauraMaisano.blogspot.com.