Monday, July 28, 2014
Kaleidoscope by Kevin Berry
Publication date: January 3rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
The sequel to STIM…an Aspie new adult contemporary novel set in an earthquake zone.
Chloe is different. She has Asperger’s Syndrome, Bipolar Disorder and probably a few other inconvenient conditions as well. She’s a quirky, resourceful and clever psychology student, but her world is literally about to be shaken apart. A devastating earthquake sparks a chain of events that spiral her life out of control. She’s off her meds. Her oddly-named cat is missing. She doesn’t know what she wants out of life any more. Misfortune and uncertainty don’t mix well with bundles of energy and Chloe’s tendency to ignore consequences. It’s as if mayhem and trouble are her constant companions.
Will Chloe be able to cope with the earth-shaking events that rock her world?
Kevin Berry is an indie author. His particular niche is writing Aspie New Adult contemporary novels set in an earthquake zone. The first of these is STIM, published in October 2013.
His first novels, co-written with Diane Berry, are Dragons Away!, Growing Disenchantments and Fountain of Forever (humorous fantasy). These are available as paperbacks and ebooks at Amazon and elsewhere.
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I couldn’t wait for the second book in his insightful and entertaining Aspie series, and his second title Kaleidoscope doesn’t disappoint. Set in the chaos and uncertainty of post-quake Christchurch, Kaleidoscope is a secret look into the diary of Robert’s girlfriend and flatmate, 20-year old psychology student Chloe Wilson. Chloe is so likeable: zany—crazy even—with her splash of blue hair, talent for music and a penchant for witty neologisms. But having Asperger’s Syndrome and also Bipolar Disorder, means Chloe craves order. She struggles to make everyday decisions which normal-spectrum people take for granted. If only she had a script for life which would eliminate uncertainty. So, when she’s forced to cope with a new house, no transport, a lack of power and water, along with the disappearance of her kitten, and the fact that her cousin is listed as missing, and all without her meds, Chloe’s life is thrown into disarray, with results that are both disastrous and droll. A remarkable story told with sensitivity, Kaleidoscope describes the despair that follows a tragedy. But, ultimately, Berry’s message is one of hope, since out of chaos, anything is possible.