Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Unknown Reality is a science fiction novel written by Kurt Chambers. Eleven-year-old Chloe rushes to get autographs after seeing some live theatre with her mother. After sneaking in through the back entrance, Chloe finds herself in the dressing room of the actor who had played the bad guy. The meeting comes with an ominous message, followed by a coded warning inside his unusual autograph. On seeing him once again, standing behind the counter at the bakery, Chloe has a panic attack and rushes out to the car to wait for her mother. Back at home, Chloe discovers that she can make things happen by will power, whether moving a glass or accidentally making her parents and brother disappear. Suddenly surrounded by strangers in white coats, Chloe is advised that she is nothing more than a scientific experiment with a computer chip in her head, and that the family she has always known is not real. Once Chloe lets her guard down and finally realizes that she trusts Cal, the truth turns out to be far more terrifying than she could have ever imagined, and she no longer knows who or what is real.
Oh, what an emotional roller coaster ride! Unknown Reality takes a girl from her happy family and thrusts her into a clinical world filled with strangers who try to convince her that she has lost her memory. I enjoyed trying to figure out what was real, what was not, and how the baddie that Chloe had first seen on Earth fits into the whole picture. Kurt Chambers’ imagination has pushed all of the boundaries to bring a slew of different worlds together, with each more mysterious and terrifying than the last. Determination and love for her family on Earth are what Chloe wants, and her feelings of loneliness and desolation are heartbreaking. Unknown Reality kept me engrossed from the first page to the last, and I recommend it to all readers over the age of 12 who enjoy adventure, drama, and whole world saturated in mystery and sci-fi.