Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian

August 13th, 2014 Kimberly Review 68 Comments

13th Aug
Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian
Our Broken Sky
by Sarah Harian
Series: Chaos Theory #1.5
Genres: Dystopian
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

In The Wicked We Have Done, readers were introduced to Valerie Crane. But you don’t know her the way you think you do. This is her story…
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…

Coffee Pot ReviewsWelcome to Coffee Pot Reviews! These are short and sweet reviews done in the length of time it takes my coffee pot to brew!   I am brewing some mocha coffee, be sure and grab a cup. Today I am sharing Our Broken Sky, a novella from the Chaos Theory series by Sarah Harian. The series is a young adult dystopian where justice is decided in the Compass Room. You can read my review of The Wicked We Have Done book one in the series by clicking the link under series above.

Thanks to Liz @ Fictional Candy, I read and enjoyed The Wicked We Have Done and was excited for the opportunity to read Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian. While I tend to avoid the novellas of trilogies, I am glad I picked it up. We met Valerie in book one, and I was curious about this angry, snarky young woman. Our Broken Sky shares her story before the crime to her time in the compass room. Harian explains what drove Valerie to commit murder and then exposes the vulnerable, passionate side of her.

Valerie is gritty, opinionated, angry and very protective of her twin. I love how unapologetic she is for her never-ending attitude. Through her, we gain another perspective of the Compass Room, and yet the novella is fresh. A romance develops when she meets another girl in the Compass Room. It was an intense, sweet romance and I enjoyed seeing how it developed.

The Chaos trilogy is quirky, mysterious and raises questions about guilt and punishment. While I still have many unanswered questions I did appreciate making a connection with Valerie and recommend Our Broken Sky to fans of the trilogy.

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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68 Responses to “Our Broken Sky by Sarah Harian”

  1. Kris

    I love when novellas round out a series and introduce us to characters we might not otherwise really get to know. This sounds like a fantastic addition to the Chaos Theory series!

  2. Silvia

    It sounds like a very enjoyable novella! I haven’t read many dystopian, but I plan to catch up with a few and this could go on my TBR. Thanks for reviewing, Kimberly 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love this genre and have to read a few a year to feed my need!

  3. Melliane

    Oh it’s always so nice to have a novella such as this one. I only read the ones from the series I already follow but maybe I should try more. great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am reading this series, and to be honest I usually skip the novellas but there have been a few exceptions and most of the time I am pleased that I did.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay! This is a neat series Jennifer..look forward to your thoughts 🙂

  4. Braine

    So there’s LGBT themes in this one? Not that I mind, I like it actually, just a little surprised that it’s present

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, I don’t mind either and like how diverse all the characters are in this trilogy.

  5. Jenea

    Sounds good. I am going yo have to add the first book too. Great review.

  6. Felicia the Geeky Blogger

    The only novellas I really like are ones like this: where they give you insight to a character you already know. It does sound like it added some depth to the girl and will probably add to how you see her in the next book! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was well done, and while we do see a little overlap, the insight into Valerie was worth it. Thanks Felicia.

  7. Nick

    I have yet to read the first book even though I’ve heard fabulous things about it because I’m a little burnt on dystopians at the moment, but this is a series I’m going to eventually pick up. I’m glad to see that this has a same-sex romance and it sounds sweet too.
    Great mini-review, Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Chene, I am enjoying the characters in this trilogy

  8. Debbie Haupt

    Great coffee pot review Kimba, I may actually have time to read a novella LOL 😉
    Thanks for always bringing fab new novels to our attention!

  9. Rita

    I love this short and sweet feature and I love your new avatar. The hair looks great! Not really my kind of book, sounded sort of all over the place, but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh, I must need more coffee. I am all like new avatar? *scratches head* Hair? LOL You mean my profile picture. Thank you. I love the dystopian genre and try to read a few a year.

  10. kindlemom1

    I think I need to read the first book in this series, I think I would like it and even though this might have left you with more questions than you had starting it, it sounds like it was worth the read.

  11. Candace

    I don’t remember even hearing of this series so I’ll have to go check it out. I’ve been avoiding adding more dystopians to the pile for now, but maybe in the future I’ll be ready for more.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, go back and read my review of book one. This is a cool trilogy.

  12. Rashika

    I saw this on read-now on NG a couple days ago but decided not to grab it because.. I knew how it would end and that just made me incredibly sad.

    I am feeling really bad about that decision after reading your mini-review though. I would have definitely loved getting things from Valerie’s POV and maybe I’ll read this novella some day! 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Don’t forget this is a trilogy and it was totally worth Valerie’s perspective.

  13. Lily

    I’m not the biggest novella reader but i do love it when novellas come out that actually work and have a purpose and get us to better understand a character! Glad you liked this one 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am the same way, with a few exceptions but this trilogy is quite good Melissa.

  14. ShootingStarsMag

    That’s good you found this worthwhile to read!! I don’t read a lot of novellas either. I do want to read The Wicked We Have Done.

  15. Heidi

    Glad this novella was a good read, I am like you and usually skip them. I need to go look up book one as I can’t remember it.

  16. Katherine

    When a novella is done right it can really add a little extra to a full length book but I’ve been burned so often I tend to steer clear. It sounds like this was done right. Glad you’ve enjoyed this series!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I completely agree Katherine and I am so glad this only enhanced the trilogy.

  17. fishgirl182

    Haven’t heard of the Chaos series but it looks like it could be interesting. I like novellas sometimes when I need a quick read, fun read.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I rarely read them, but agree when done well they are perfect quickies.

  18. Lauren

    I always seem to be disappointed in novellas, they never go deep enough into character or story for my liking, but it’s great that you enjoy this series and you got a closer look at a character you already knew.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know exactly what you mean Lauren, that is why I tend to avoid them, and grabbed this simply because I wanted to know more about Valerie and I am so glad it paid off.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Melaine. It is a dystopian and very character driven.

  19. Michelle

    I completely forgot about this series! I don’t really like novellas, but I really do love when they turn out to be great additions to the main story.

  20. Mary

    “Coffee Pot Reviews” — that’s cute! I like it. And, while I liked The Wicked We Have Done, I don’t know if I want to read more stories set in that crazy world.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks, I have been doing them for the past year or so, but stopped when I got UBB. I use to pair up two reviews together, but recently dug them back out and just do one mini review.

  21. laura thomas

    I’ve yet to read the first book so this would be a good companion to purchase. I really like the interesting cover art too. I like the ovella’s that further develop characters. It makes the next books more fulfilling.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am enjoying this series and agree the character development makes this worth reading. Thanks Lauren.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, glad you liked the coffee and added the trilogy to your wishlist!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You are welcome, this is a clever dystopian and very character driven.

  22. Lorna

    I am a fan of most novellas, sometimes it’s what introduces me to a series, I might never have read-usually found on Net Galley. I am glad you enjoyed this, but from the sounds of your review, and what others wrote, it doesn’t end well? Not sure about that. I had never heard of these books before either. Thanks for your interesting review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh, no it is a trilogy and we are still awaiting some decisions.

  23. Christy

    You already know that I love Valerie. 😉 I liked this too, but felt it needed more … something. Not sure what though.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, it was a novella and I think that was why it was missing a little something.

  24. Liz

    Thanks for the shout out! I can’t believe I read the 3rd one before this one!!! *headdesk* I have to get that review written up before I touch this one, so I don’t mess up the details, but I’m totally on the Valerie bandwagon, she’s pretty awesome 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Anytime Liz, and yep I would want to write my review before I read the next one..LOL