Sunday, September 9, 2012

Prism Review

Prism by Faye Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman

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 the past, in which their "normal" worlds of family and high school remain the same...except for the fact that no medicine exists and when people die in the street they are picked up and disposed of.

2.5 out of 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 everything she knows about medicine and how she ended up there, hoping there is a way to create a link between the two worlds.

Honestly, I don't have a lot to say about this book. I just didn't like it much. I guess I just don't like alternate universes, because the last book I read about one I also didn't like much. The writing itself was not bad, though plain. The characters were weak and didn't have a lot of personality, but were not offensively bad. It was really just the story that I didn't like.

While there was a fair bit of action at points in the book, it just wasn't much of a story. The main idea was getting home, but all they really had to do for that was wait until they had to go on their school trip. What was the source of all the drama was the infection in Joy's arm that wasn't going to be healed. She hurt it when they fell in the cave, so I was under the impression that she sprained it or possibly even broke it and that doesn't bring to mind infection. 

Ending spoilers ahead

Also, getting home took half of the last chapter. Sure, there was breaking out of prison and the minor car chase, but there was no figuring out how to get home. They basically tripped and fell home.

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