- Library Binding: 272 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (July 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061687227
- ISBN-13: 978-0061687228
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,788,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6–10—Kaida Hutchenson, a purple-haired 15-year-old student at Buchanan High School in St. Denis (right outside "Hollyweird"), never expected the school field trip to Carlsbad to go so wrong. She thought that the worst part of it would be riding in a van without her best friend, Maria, and dealing with arrogant Zeke Anderson and laid-back Joy Tallon. But after the van crashes in the desert, catches on fire, and it begins to rain, the three enter a cave that strangely transports them to a parallel dimension in which everything, including their families, is the same—except that being ill is kept a secret and finding a cure is illegal. Kaida's narration of the events will keep readers' interest as they feel her frustration and confusion as to why she can't find an aspirin for Joy's throbbing arm or use any words associated with health care or medicine because the wrong people might hear. The mysteries unfold and dangers are explained through Kaida's new love interest, Ozzy, the rebel with a cause in a world without health care. This is an ideal concept for a story that is smoothly paced through new romances, new friendships, and suspicious family members while dealing with the underworld trafficking of medicine that can become deadly. Unfortunately, the ending is rushed, some seemingly important characters are left undeveloped, and there's no explanation of how and why the split in the parallel worlds came about. This powerful topic had great potential but it falters in its delivery.—Nancy D. Tolson, Mitchell College, London, CT
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"Kaida's narration of the events will keep readers' interest as they feel her frustration and confusion. This is an ideal concept for a story that is smoothly paced through new romances, new friendships, and suspicious family members while dealing with the underworld trafficking of medicine that can become deadly." (School Library Journal)
"Fast-paced action will keep thriller fans reading." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Top Customer Reviews
The only bright spot in the trip is Mr. Addison, one of Kaida's favorite teachers, who is driving the van. As the hours stretch on, Kaida and the others fall asleep to pass the time. When they are jolted awake by a crash, the students scramble for safety. Terrified and surrounded by darkness and smoke, they flee the fire-engulfed van, not knowing if Mr. Addison has survived.
Alone in the desert, with their cell phones burned up, the trio tries to come up with a rescue plan. While they consider their options, the desert winds turn fierce, and a torrential downpour forces them to seek shelter in a cave. As the rain cascades down harder and harder, they back up farther into darkness. When a light appears in the distance, they race towards it, believing they have found an exit. The light becomes blinding, and a deafening buzzing starts before they are plunged into an abyss.
Kaida awakes in her bedroom, sore and disoriented. Her room seems the same, but her medicine is missing from the bathroom cabinet. Somehow, time has gone backwards. Her field trip is weeks away, yet memories about it, the fiery crash and the cave begin to surface. Confused and wanting answers, Kaida seeks out Zeke and Joy, who share memories of the trip and the accident. Somehow, the three students have stumbled into a parallel universe and must figure out a way to get back to the reality they knew before their trip.
New York Times bestselling mystery author Faye Kellerman has teamed up with her daughter, Aliza, to co-write a creative novel that stretches the imagination. In PRISM, three teenagers are trapped in a nightmarish alternate world, where medicine and health care do not exist and sick people are left to die. This is an interesting and thought-provoking book that should appeal to teens who like to ponder "What if?"
--- Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt
I was driving from San Francisco to LA and bought Prism as an audio book so I could enjoy the drive. BIG mistake! I found the book to be boring, irritating and not worth wasting the time to listen to or read. If I had anything else to listen to, I would have never have finished the first disc.
I am a voracious reader, and read all authors, styles, and genres. There are very few that I discard before finishing,even the slow ones, but this one I could not tolerate. No longer will I automatically purchase a Faye Kellerman book without checking it out first.
If you are looking for tried and true Faye Kellerman, don't waste your time or money with Prism.
I really liked the premise of this book. We find three lost souls (aka as Zeke, Joy and Kaida are all going on a school trip, but as luck (or fate) would have it, they will be stuck together on this field trip - and end up in a cave.
That is all Kaida remembers when she wakes up in her own bed - yet, the world around her has completely changed and she can't quite get a grip on what is happening. Western medicine is now taboo and even mentioning 9-1-1 gets her in deep trouble, Kaida hooks up with Joy and Zeke and they realize that they are in a world that has completely changed in an instant - a world where only "natural" medicine is acceptable and that death is all around them. They must find a way back to their own world - but how?
The authors do a nice job of fleshing out the main characters and we get an idea, early on, of each of their strengths and weaknesses.
However, its the basic storyline that actually delivered quite a lot of suspense, especially since this is somewhat of a hot topic - "natural vs western medicines" and the growing interest in a more natural, simpler way of life. This subject is of personal interest to me actually and I thought it interesting that this type of issue would be addressed in a YA novel.
What removed from the enjoyment for me a little bit (and that is where the 3 stars come in) is that I find the set up was not really all that well done. I am not clear as to why western medicines could not be incorporated into the storyline as a secondary means of treating the illness. There is such a hatred directed towards this philosophy, but yet the authors did not do a great job, in my opinion, of explaining or even convincing me of their arguments against the whole western medicine thing - especially as people are dying.
It felt to me as though there was a piece of storyline or informatin missing and I felt it as a thread throughout most of the book.
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