In Review: Our Broken Sky (Chaos Theory #1.5) by Sarah Harian

Posted August 17, 2014 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: Our Broken Sky (Chaos Theory #1.5) by Sarah HarianOur Broken Sky by Sarah Harian
Series: Chaos Theory #1.5
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
Publication date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Penguin/InterMix
Format: eARC, 90 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

Valerie has always been different from her identical twin Veda. Tattooed, fiery, and foul-mouthed, Valerie acts on instinct, getting even with anyone who wrongs her passive and sensitive sister.

At twenty-two, Veda doesn’t want to seek revenge against the three young men who raped her. As for Val…

Val never could manage her anger well.

As far as Val sees it, the Compass Room is simply a quicker way for her to die—payment for the crime she feels no guilt over. There isn’t a reason to fight, not until a girl as broken as she is reminds Val of what it’s like to hope…


in review my thoughts

After Sarah Harian took me completely by surprise with The Wicked We Have Done, there was no question at all of whether or not I would continue on with this series. I was hooked nearly from the start of the first book and couldn’t wait for more once I finished. I got my wish when I had the opportunity to read and review this novella and now that I’ve finished, I’m more impressed than ever.

Our Broken Sky is Val’s story. She was a great character in The Wicked We Have Done and I was thrilled to learn more about her life before, during and after time spent in the Compass Room. Val’s was not a happy story. If you read the first book in the series, you know she was sent to the Compass Room for killing her twin sister’s rapists. In this novella, we learn a little more about the relationship between her and her sister and what led Val to commit those crimes. I loved the relationship between Val and Veda. It was obvious Val would do anything to protect her sister and that’s a family dynamic I can appreciate. Once on the island, Val befriends Jace and their relationship grows into something really special.

While this novella doesn’t offer up much more information about the Chaos Theory, it does a great job of giving more information about a minor character in the series. After reading it, I felt as though I had a great amount of insight into who Val is, where she came from and what motivates her. I applaud the author for the diversity she brought to this series, and this novella specifically. Val and Jace’s story might not have had a happy ending, but it was beautiful while it lasted. This novella ensures you recognize that.

What Our Broken Sky did more than anything else, however, is make me incredibly excited to dip back into this world fully with A Vault of Sins. Fortunately I have it on my iPad, ready to go. I just can’t wait to see what happens next. I’m sure whatever it is will keep me on the edge of my seat!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


About Sarah Harian

Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.


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