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Prism

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  959 ratings  ·  170 reviews
Prism takes us to a slightly alternate universe in which medicine and health care do not exist, and in which sick people are allowed to die without any care. Set in New Mexico and California, the novel features three teens who fall through a cave at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico while on a field trip. They are plunged into a frightening parallel universe--seven weeks in t ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by HarperTorch (first published June 6th 2009)
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Cait
I have mixed feelings about PRISM. I definitely enjoyed the story, but it could have had so much more to it. It had some great action, and interesting characters, but I found it a little lacking.

First, this plot has absolutely amazing potential, but just didn’t deliver for me. Things felt rushed and half realized. There was so much more I wanted to know, and things – though difficult for the characters – seemed almost too easy to us readers. There were some crazy circumstances and coincidences t
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Megan
Oh good lord.

One of the things I really like about Joe Hill, besides him being a really good writer, is that he's Stephen King's son and he's not making a big deal out of it. Totally downplaying it. With "A New Novel by the Son of Stephen King" on his covers he would sell a billion jillion books no matter how good they were, but he didn't do that; he's become a popular author on his own merits. Aliza Kellerman has indeed done that. She "co-wrote" this book with her mother, Faye Kellerman, whose
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Ivy
Feb 02, 2012 Ivy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: meh
I'd put this one at a thoroughly resounding "meh." It was entertaining for the most part, though I did find myself skimming at some times, and I wouldn't consider the time I spent reading it (only a couple hours, I'd wager, spread over a few train rides and dull waits in lines) a waste. I wasn't too invested in the idea behind the book, so I wasn't terrifically surprised when it ended up going mostly nowhere. (TL;DR at the bottom for the lazy.)

A mistake I notice with a lot of dystopian or dystop
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Rachel
I've never read anything by any of the Kellermans, but with a weakness for science-fiction-lite and alternate-reality scenarios, really, how could I pass this one up? I liked, in view of current events especially, the scenario of a world without health care. Immediacy, I guess.

Never a huge fan of first-person narratives because they usually suffer from a narrator who is either a) bland or b) more annoying than eff-all, Kaida is a welcome relief. Just weird enough. Anyone who has read Midnighters
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Booknut
Brilliant book about three teens who manage to stumble into a parallel universe where the theory of evolution and natural selection is taken a little too seriously. In others words, those who get sick will get better through natural means, medicine is banned, and if they don't survive than that means it was meant to be and the strong will live on. Can the trio managed to get back home and help save this messed up world? Or will they be forced to choose?
Ruth
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 2/5
Plot: 1/5
Arrangement: 2/5
Logicality: 0/5
Resolution: 0/5
Ruth
Kaida is on a class trip, in a van with a couple of aquaintances in her class (she knows them, but they're not really friends...), when the van crashes along a deserted stretch of highway, and the teacher doesn't get out before it goes up in flames... As night falls, Kaida, Zeke, and Joy find a cave to take shelter in, but they all manage to stumble into a deep pit in the dark. The last thing Kaida remembers seeing is a bright white light, as she blacks out...

And wakes up in her bed, a week befo
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Heather
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2.5 stars

Kaida, Zeke and Joy are on a field trip- the only three in a van with their teacher- when it crashes in the desert. They take shelter from the rain in a cave, where they fall into a pit and wander into an alternate universe. It's just like their own, except that there is no such thing as health care and medicine, or "spills", are illegal because it messes with natural selection.

Kaida meets Ozzy, who became a spills dealer to help his dying mother. He wants to know
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Melissa (i swim for oceans)
Prism is a collaboration between NYT Bestselling author, Faye Kellerman and her teen daughter, Aliza Kellerman. As a debut novel for the latter, I'd have to say that Prism is not half bad, but there are a few qualms I have with this book. First, I often found Zeke to be a rather superfluous character. As one of the three MCs, I would expect him to have a bit of a storyline of his own, but he didn't really do all that much, all things considered. I also feel like I never really got to know the ch ...more
Alyssa
I really loved this book. When your reading it really makes you think about the world you live in and if you're really living in the world that you are right now. I believe that everything has a reverse. Maybe were living in a reverse world. Who knows? Will anybody ever know what we live in, if were living, and why were living right now. My grandma suggested this book for me. I usually don't like the books she suggests for me to read, but this one, this book is a very exciting book. It has some ...more
Kristy
Rating: 3/10

I picked this book as it was read by one of my favourite voice actors. Sadly, it felt like the material she had to work with made her reading unbelievable and dull. Half way through the book I thought I would do some research on Goodreads and I found out that this was co-written with the teenager. Suddenly everything makes sense! The chemistry between Ozzy and Kaida was very superficial especially in the way Ozzy was described as just 'hot'. There were also moments when I questioned
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Brittany
I will admit that when I began this book I had low expectations. I had picked it up at some second hand store and didn't know either of the authors. I expected there to be some sort of murder mystery and frankly my immediate thought was "here we go again".

Then I finished the book in one day. It wasn't what I expected at all which is why I loved it. For the first time in a LONG time, I had no idea where the plot was going and what was going to happen next. Yes, there are a lot of unanswered quest
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Heather Doss
Bestselling adult author in her 1st YA attempt; reminding me of classic Christopher Pike from the mid-1990's.
Erica
I was surprised to find Faye Kellerman is co-authoring young adult novels so I had to find out what this was all about.
I liked the premise - three students suffer an accident while on a school trip and wind up in an parallel universe in which there are no medical services because the people in that universe believe medicine and the like are not natural - but I didn't feel it was completely fleshed-out as well as it could have been. Tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana are natural and used as pain-kil
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TheSaint
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~Tina~
A class trip to the Rocky Mountains. A car crash. Three teenagers alone. A terrible storm. A cave. Light ahead. Falling....

Kaida wakes up. It's now 10 days before the class trip to the Rocky Mountains...

Kaida, Zeke and Joy, are three random teenagers who go to the same school but don't hang in the same crowd. They were together in the van, on the way to New Mexico on a class trip. When something tragic happens along the way, only it doesn't stop at an accident.

Prism is a suspenseful story about
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Kelly Hager
Kaida's class is going on a field trip to some caves. There are two cars and she's in the smaller of the two with a teacher and two classmates (Zeke and Joy). There's a car accident and then a downpour, so she and the two others run into a cave. Things get progressively worse (Joy falls into a pit and Zeke and Kaida fall in trying to save her).

Then Kaida wakes up in bed, several days before the trip.

It's exactly as it should be--her room, her parents, her older brother and baby sister...but it's
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Karlz.K
Okay, so I have to agree with most of the reviews written about Prism.

Firstly, yes, there are so many unanswered questions concerning the events of the story, about the characters, and about the plot in general. What happened to Ozzy? Does Kaida return back to the parallel universe? Does she find a cure? Who exactly is Erin White? How does the two universes work - does Kaida exist in both universes simultaneously or does she disappears from one and appear in the other as she travel back and fort
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Colleen
Prism centers on three teens Kaida, Zeke, and Joy. On a school trip to the Carlsbad Caverns, their school van is in a horrific accident. Barely escaping the accident alive, the three teens take cover in a nearby cave. After getting lost and falling deeper into the cave with no way out, Kaida awakens the next morning safe and sound in her bed. Odd. It isn’t until she goes to school, that she begins to feel that things are not right. After witnessing a man get hit by a car and no one coming to his ...more
Diane  Morasco
Where do I begin? I am a bit speechless. Prism was simply amazing! Prism was so wickedly delicious I had to pinch myself to make sure I didn't have the most awesome of dreams.

I mean, was this a Jerry Bruckheimer production? Was I on the Warner sound stage? This book definitely has what it takes to make it to the silver screen.

Psst! I have a feeling Prism won't take too long to make it to the big screen.

Now, I'm not sure how much I want to divulge since this is a stunning book w/ so much going on
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Mifalda
Ok, so here we go...
This book was..not very good. The characters were shallow and predictable, but that could be excused by the fact that they are modern public school teenagers. I mean, I thought Kaida was terrified of the dark...so how come, in the numerous scenes with her in the pitch black, she didn't ever panic? It's just one of those little things that bothers me. Also, what happened to the girl whose ID they were using? Not worth mentioning I suppose. And, what ever happened to James and
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Michele
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Chrissy
I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. I got it in my phase where I was voraciously buying from Books A Million, especially off the clearance tables, and I believe I got this one for about 4 dollars. I vaguely remembered seeing an intriguing review eons ago on YouTube, so I figured I may as well give it a shot.

At least a year or so later, I made it my personal mission to start getting through the impossible stack of books I'd acquired from that aforementioned clearance
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Ripple
3.5
There was so much out of this book that I liked. Not loved. But very much liked. And also some that bothered me.

For the worst first, because that's my shorter list:
Detail, there was almost absolutely no detail when I paid attention to the words. They were plainly written, and that gave me a blurry emotional image.
The grammar, oh lord, the grammar needed help. There would be what I KNEW was dialogue and there be no "" around either one end or the other. Or there'd be a word without capitaliza
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Unique premise. Easy to follow.
Cons: Serious lack of world-building. Unengaging characters. Some issues are addressed but never explained.
Will appeal to: Those who like alternate realities, but don't care for intricacies in a plot.

Back when I bought this book, I hadn't developed the useful habit of prereading tons of reviews yet. Prism was pretty much an impulsive purchase, based on the blurbs only (in my haste, I even bought the
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

I have to start off this review stating that I wasn't 100% certain how to classify PRISM. It's one of those stories that definitely transcends more than one category. It's part science fiction with the parallel dimensions. It's contemporary with the tentative love story. But I guess, overall, mostly it would be a mystery as Kaida, Zeke, and Joy try to figure out how they got to where they are and how will they get back home.

Kaida Hutchenson (many characters
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Tez
On the road for a school excursion to the Carlsbad Caverns, one teacher and three teens in their van crash. The teens manage to escape, and seek shelter in a small cave when it begins to rain. But inside, they fall into nothingness...but awaken in their beds as if the whole thing never happened. In fact, their school trip is still a week away. But the world isn't the same now: there's no medical care. If someone gets sick or badly injured, it's pretty much a death sentence. Kaida Hutchenson does ...more
Julie Graves
Kaida, Zeke and Joy are all going on a class trip to Carlsbad Caverns. They are riding together with one of their teachers. While in the middle of the desert they end up in a crash. Everyone manages to escape the wreckage but they cannot find their teacher. When it starts pouring rain they take refuge in a cave. Trying to keep away from the opening Joy backs up into the cave and falls into a hole. While trying to rescue Joy, both Zeke and Kaida end up in the hole also. Searching for a way out th ...more
Karin
Absolutely fantastic!

Kaida, Zeke, and Joy, acquaintances at best, are assigned to the same car on the way to Carlsbad Cavern for a class field trip. They are jolted awake after the car runs off the road and catches on fire. Amazingly, all three make it out alive before the car turns into a fiery ball of flames. Before they can wrap their minds around what happened, a dangerous, desert storm strikes, forcing the teens into a cave – altering their lives forever.

Kaida, Zeke, and Joy fall into a por
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I don't know exactly what to say. It is a OK book. I think the concept of another universe exactly the same as Kaida except for the health care it was not good enough to make a book more than 3 stars. The universe couldn't be the same with no medicine, it would be caos, a lot of more deaths. I would expect a world where she would find someone from her family dead and maybe some friend, that would make the book more interesting, maybe she would feel more sorry for this parallel world if something ...more
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Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology. Kellerman's groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers ...more
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