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Friday, June 26, 2009

Prism (Young Adult)

Released June 2009

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Bestselling writer Faye Kellerman teams up with her teen daughter Aliza to write PRISM, a teen novel that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. Imagine a world where there are no doctors. Medications are illegal. If you become sick, you may well be doomed to death.

On a class field trip, high schooler Kaida is stuck in a van with Zeke, a popular kid, and Joy, a brainiac with a penchance for smoking. When the van the trio are in crashes and bursts into flames, they manage to escape. A storm hits and they seek shelter in a nearby cave. It's in this cave that their lives change. After falling into a pit, blackness envelops them. Their only hope is to wait for morning and see if they can find where the bats fly back into the cave. When morning arrives, blinding light appears. All three wake up back in their beds, days before the accident even occurred.

Soon Kaida, Joy and Zeke discover this world is different. There is no 911, no medications and talking about sickness is not kosher.

PRISM is a gripping, action packed read. It's got a touch of romance and plenty of adventure. The writing kept the pace flowing at a steady pace from start to finish. I imagine this novel will appeal to a wide array of young adult readers--those who love action and those who want an emotionally charged story.

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