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(Harmony Run #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Rare glimpses of birds are the only reminder of the freedoms Rain Hawkins once had. Now segregated into a mixed-race zone within the United Zones of the Authority, under tyrannical rule of President Nicks, Rain is forced to endure the bleak conditions set upon her. The possibility of a way out arises when Rain discovers an organized resistance called The Freedom Front, and ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing
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Sylvia Hester
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was a first read book. As I locked my eyes on the first paragraph, I was saying to myself this book isn't going to be good and I am not going to be able to finish it. The second chapter grabbed me and refused to let me go. I was able to finish it in a few hours. As I read this book, I compared it to 1984, Hunger games(without the games), and The Stand (because of Takara and her voice of reasoning). The book was predictible but well worth the read. Worth the read and a great add to anyo ...more
I'll be looking out for Opalescent, Prismatic's sequel when it comes out. There's so much unfinished business, I have to see how the story ends.
Katheryn Lane
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Prismatic is about a group of teenagers in the not-so-distant future of 2050, living at a time when the USA is ruled by a despotic President, Elizabeth Nicks, and divided up into zones according to race. The worst of these zones are the mixed race ones, in particular Indy Mixed Zone, where every possible comfort and human right has been taken away, including schools, hot water and nutritious food. People, including children, are made to work long hours producing goods and food for the other zone ...more
Adriel Wiggins
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

Prismatic by Sarah Elle Emm is the introduction to a dystopian America in 2050. In 2046, a new president is elected and immediately changes the structure of American government, politics, social life, and classes. The results are more devastating for some people than others, however.

Emm lays a lot of groundwork in this book, putting a setting and a conflict into place. The book as a whole seemed a little slow, but that’s because
Natasha Head
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While this particular novel takes place in a fictional Sarah Elle Emm has presented us, in her character Rain, a worthy heroine. I was immediately embraced by this rough and tumble new world, found an immediate and fiery distaste for dictator Elizabeth Nicks, and was impressed not only in the world created by the author, but in her handling of some very mature topics that the story's conflict is shaped around.

The story-line is bold, the characters colorful, the dialogue easy. In it
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I have to be honest... I would have given this book 4 out of 5 stars, if it wasn't for the romance and my complete lack of belief in the connection between Rain and Jabari. While I did like Rain and Jabari separately, I felt that their relationship was rushed and all of the actual development was taken out in favour of instant!love. (I have read exactly one series of books where the soulmates thing
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a book that not only stands out on the bookshelf with its striking, eye-catching cover but also by being a work of fiction with a truly original, unique and inspired storyline. Sarah Elle Emm is a creative writer with so much vision and imagination as to take your breath away, and this was a book that did that and much more with poignancy. It is about freedom (being something that we can all take for granted) and racism that effects our lives, hence both merging together in a world and b ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author through Goodreads and am so pleased to have received it.
A brilliantly uplifting book about the strength of human spirit and love over the worst of human nature and hatred, yet written in style which will appeal to, and with content which is suitable for, both young adults and adults alike.
I recommend this book whole-heartedly for those parents who are looking for a book which can explain to their young adults what happens if you forget to learn fro
Barbara Gordon
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this book. It was similar to The Hunger Games, which I'm sure the author gets a lot. The premise, the country being divided into zones based on race, really pissed me off. It wasn't personal towards the author, but just the idea that 40 years in the future we, as a country, have fallen back in time and resorted to segregation really makes me angry! Overall though, this story was great and kept me captivated. There were times where I thought the dialogue was a bit juvenile ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book yesterday. I opened my package, and looked at the book, sat down opening the first pages and thought I ll just have a quick look and then start my day, well to my surprise I was halfway through it the next time I looked up. Dont you just love it when that happens. My goodnes Sarah Elle Emm can write and keep you captivated. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and highly recommend it. Thankyou so much Sarah for writing such a astonishing captivating book.
I won this throu
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Prismatic was very suspenseful. I really enjoyed it. My only disappointment is that book 2 of the series will not be out until 2012. Ms Emm developed the characters artfully and told an exciting story in book one, but leaves you wanting, no needing, to read the rest. I am fully vested and can't wait see how this story plays out.
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. The story makes you think and draws you in from the beginning. It is easy to wonder if this futuristic tale is a premonition of the future? I was left wondering how much of real life influenced Ms. Emm's tale. I root for the young heroes and cling to the idea that as long as hope lives, anything is possible. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel in love with book. I enjoyed reading this story. This book makes you think about what if this happened. Talk about teenagers rising up against their oppressors. The detailed story line made me see the world that these characters live in. A must read for any and all who love action and romance.
Colleen Everly
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
really liked this book. it had many things in it that makes you think what if.I also am a fan of paranormal,sci-fi, fantasy, etc. so that was a plus. I also love romance and this book had that. teenage love is so cute with the blushing and awkwardness. very good read.
Sara Doyle
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a contest by the author, and I loved it! I couldn't put it down, took me less than a day to read it. I jumped right into the second book. I would definitely recommend it. ...more
Nerdvana Webcast
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book! Can't waiting for the second one!
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Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and so did my friend!
Seshia M.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nikki Sojkowski
I won this book in an author giveaway on Goodreads. This has not altered my opinion in any way and my review will be honest, as usual.

*This review can also be found on my blog Love at First Write*

I’ll start this off by informing you that the blurb isn’t quite like the book. I haven’t really put my finger on it yet, but it’s just not as interesting as the book actually is. I guess what I mean is that the blurb makes the book seem cliché while the book is actually much more in-depth. The book add
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this book for an honest review.

Ok well, I made myself read to 49% and had to stop, I honestly wanted to stop sooner but I wanted to make it to at least 50%. I got close enough, plus that was the end of the chapter lol. So let me first start of by telling you that, I in no way found this book to be bad. There were no problems with the story, the writing or the characters. The reason I stopped reading it was because I just couldn't get into it. Dystopian type books are rarely my thing
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I love dystopian reads and that was both an advantage and disadvantage in reading this. It starts slow, but it does pick up. However, it wasn't difficult for me to want to keep going, because I do enjoy the genre. On the other hand, I found myself making a lot of comparisons to other dystopian titles - generally ones I enjoyed a lot more. For instance, the references to books naturally made me think of Fahrenheit 451 and there were parts that definitely brought to mind a book like Unwind. To be ...more
Paranormal Tendencies
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rain’s world was turned upside down when the US voted in a new president and she decided that she alone would decided the fate of the citizens. They were sorted according to race and separated into zones. All of the non whites were second class, but none were as low as the mixed races. Rain’s family consisted of an african american father and white mother and they were moved to the mixed zone and made to work 12 hour days. School, marriage and having babies were not allowed. They were barely giv ...more
Dee McGee
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dystopian books are one of my favorite reading genres. Books like 1984, Brave New World, The Hunger Games, and many other newer dystopian series are on my bookshelf. I was intrigued by Sarah Elle Emm’s Prismatic and thought I’d give her take on the genre a chance.

Strongly written characters with deep-rooted back stories usually determine if I’ll like a book. The heroine Rain Hawkins is the epitome of strong. After her family is forced into segregation, she stands out as the pillar of strength fo
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
Prismatic is book one in the Harmony Run series.
United Zones of the Authority (UZTA) once known as the United States of America until it was taken over by President Nicks. She effectively took over the whole country and cut it off from any other foreign country. She divided the states into zones based on your race. The mixed zone is for those who are of mixed genetic make-up like a Mexican father and a white m
Mahathi Ramya
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
As blurb mentions, in 2050, USA elects their new president Nicks, who segregates whole nation into zones based on races. She hates the mixed race and so, those were deprived of basic human rights. The worst part is that they have to work hard even to get good fruits and vegetables to eat and they are not allowed to marry and have children. Every small resistance is punished severely and they were cut off to the outside world. Rain is a teenage girl who moved with her family to mixed race zone al ...more
Kathy Wideman
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 stars

This is story is set in the future. The United States is the United Zones of Authority. The country has been divided up into zones. Each zones is split into smaller zones for each race and then one for mixed race. The mixed race zones and the worst and the worst of the worst is the Indie-mixed race zone. This is the zone in which the story takes place. Everyone has to work even the kids. The parents have to work 12hrs shifts and the kids work half days. They start working at 5:30 in the m
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA Readers
Recommended to BookzBookzBookz by: book r3vi3ew
As part of an awesome book tour, I jumped at the chance to review Prismatic. Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the Harmony Run Series, tales of futuristic tyranny and racial segregation. The group, UZTA (United Zones of the Authority) run by President Nicks, has diminished the United States and separated the country into zones, leaving residents in particular areas according to their nationality, and anyone Mixed was removed. Bi-racial's are considered the lowest of the low and treated as slaves, ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't really have a clear idea what this book was going to be about but once I started I was sucked into the dystopian world that Sarah Elle Emm created and I didn't wait to leave. I loved how the author took such a major event such as the holocaust and used it in her book as the second coming of Hitler. I also liked that she used mixed races as the "unpure" ones, it made things interesting. I think she took a of that
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: linda-s-books
A dystopian YA novel that makes one think about the labels we put on people and the justifications we make about about others because of these labels. Rain is a teenage girl whose family is forced into segregation because of they are multi-racial. The ruler of the country has taken away everything she loves except her immediate family. Rain has a naturally upbeat personality; but just when she fears things will end dismally for all those she loves most, she falls head over heels in love and disc ...more
Chrissie Parker
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dystopian/YA books are not something I normally read, but this book intrigued me.
The premise is a simple and yet effectively chilling one. The USA elects a new President and she immediately changes the country splitting it into zones. The books heroine Rain, and her brother are swiftly despatched to an "Indy mixed zone' to live out life under harsh conditions that are similar to those that some suffered during WW2, all because they were born from mixed parentage. The comparisons are haunting sim
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Sarah Elle Emm is the author of ABSENCE OF YOU, LAST VACATION, the HARMONY RUN SERIES: (PRISMATIC, OPALESCENT, CHATOYANT, NACREOUS), and MARRYING MISSY. She has lived in Germany, England, Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and traveled extensively beyond. Her writing cave is exactly where she wants it to be, in a century-old home near Indianapolis. When she's not leading kitchen dance parties with h ...more

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Harmony Run (4 books)
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  • Chatoyant (Harmony Run #3)
  • Nacreous (Harmony Run, #4)

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