Prism

Prism

by Faye Kellerman, Aliza Kellerman

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061687211
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL510L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Aliza Kellerman has been writing for years, inspired by her family, which also includes her brother, novelist Jesse Kellerman, and her father, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman. A junior in high school, Aliza enjoys drawing, cartooning, singing, and Faye and Aliza live with Jonathan in los Angeles, California.

Hometown:

Beverly Hills, California

Date of Birth:

July 31, 1952

Place of Birth:

St. Louis, Missouri

Education:

B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

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Prism

Chapter Three

"He didn't get out?" Zeke was in a panic. "What do you mean he didn't get out!" He kicked the ground with the type of anger found only in boys and men.

"You don't know that," I told Joy. "Don't say that!"

"The car was completely mangled..."

"We got out!"

"Exactly," Joy said. "We got out. So where is he?"

"He's around here somewhere!" My tears were falling fast and furious. Think,

Hutchinson, think! "Let's back it up. Everyone just shut up a moment and let's try to think!"

No one spoke, which made things even creepier. The only thing that was now making noise was the fire...loud popping noises that expelled glowing embers upward like an erupting volcano. To drown it out, I started talking. "What happened exactly? I mean I know we crashed, but. .. how?"

"I'm pretty sure we hit something." Joy's voice wasn't much louder than a whisper.

"What about Mr. Addison?" I continued. "Should we go back to the car and check? Maybe he got flung out and needs us and. . ."

"Did you see him?" Zeke questioned.

"No," I responded.

Joy gulped. "I might've. I mean I think he was still in the car. .. or maybe between the car and a rock or maybe. .. Everything was getting hot and smoky."

"Oh, God." I felt revolted. I felt sick.

"I...I really can't be sure.. . ."

I twisted my shoe into the dusty ground. The desert was vast and completely alien. It was dark but not black because of the fire and the overcast night, the cloud- covered full moon providing some visibility. I couldn't make out any bugs or beasts, but we all knew that terrible things wereout there. I felt an electric breeze run over my face, blowing my hair in all directions. Up above, the winds were pushing the clouds across the sky.

"Okay." I drew a line in the dust of the New Mexican desert. "Let's think."

They continued to breathe heavily and say nothing.

"Okay." I rubbed my hands together and then clapped them, trying to signify something official. "Where's everyone else from our school?"

"Driving miles ahead of us." Zeke groaned.

"Or miles behind us," I proposed. "Our car could have moved quicker than the big vans they were using. So maybe all we have to do is wait until they catch up."

"Does anyone have a phone?" Joy inquired.

"Mr. Addison made us pack them in the trunk of the van so we wouldn't be on the phone, blah, blah, blah." Zeke sat down and banged his head against the fold of his arms. He was right. All of our luggage and provisions had been incinerated. I had my messenger bag and Zeke had his backpack. Joy had escaped empty-handed. Everything else was gone.

"Check your bag, Kaida," Zeke prodded. "Just in case."

I groped around, but my phone wasn't there. "It's freaking black." Actually more like a subdued navy. I heard rustling and saw the faint outline of Zeke's hands searching through his own backpack. A click sounded and a bright beam shone.

"Wow..." I shielded my eyes.

"Aha!" he shouted comically. "It works!" The light focused on me, then my bag. "Now look for your phone!"

I opened my beautiful, worn bag and sifted through my remaining possessions lovingly. I discovered I had a flashlight, too...thanks, Mom!...and quickly extracted it. I turned it on. "Let's all go through our stuff. You know, to see how much food we have, et cetera."

"Good idea," Zeke agreed.

We sat down on the cold, dusty ground and rifled through our bags. For the next two minutes, the silence of the desert was broken as we tore through items, hoped, waited, listened for some car motor or anything that signified salvation.

"No," I stated dryly. "No phone."

"What do you have, Hutchinson?"

"Where's Joy?" I panicked. I hadn't heard her voice for a few minutes.

"I'm here."

"Stop pacing and sit down," I told her. "We need to stick together." She sat. Her face was wet and she was still shaking. It dawned on me that she was walking to burn off all that nervous energy. "I didn't bring my bag. That was stupid."

"Who had time?" I told her.

"Did you find anything, Kaida?" Zeke asked me again.

"Yeah." I focused my flashlight on the ground. Inside my bag was a thrift-shop sweatshirt that said DANCE! DANCE! in loopy black scrawl. I also had a poncho, the ugly yellow kind you beg your mom not to pack. Thank goodness Mom disregarded my wishes. I also had aspirin that I didn't remember packing and Benadryl that I vaguely associated with fire and Maria. I also had pretzels, a bag of potato chips, and lots of candy, along with two bottles of water, which was now worth its weight in gold. I turned to Zeke. "How about you?"

Zeke gestured at his pack. There was another sweatshirt, blue and crumpled. Another poncho, but his was red. He had some Cheez-Its and Doritos and another couple bottles of water. He also had a GPS, probably the most useful thing either of us had managed to bring. Suddenly I felt like I was suffocating and I began to cry.

"I feel like I'm in a bad movie." Joy rubbed her arms. Then a small light flicked by her face.

I ignored Joy's words and focused on the pinpoint of sparkling orange by her cheek. What was that? A firefly maybe? The strong, shady scent of tobacco filled my nostrils and I was absolutely baffled.

"Wait. . ." I stared at her. "You forgot your bag. You didn't sneak in your phone. But you have a lighter and a cigarette?"

"It's a disposable lighter. It cost less than a dollar. I had two smokes left in my pocket. I didn't even know I had them."

"A disposable lighter?" Zeke cried.

Joy blew out a cloud of smoke in response. I always wondered if people actually puffed out smoke rings in real life, or if actors just did that in movies.

"How many times can you use it?" he pressed.

She flicked it on and off several times. Nothing came out. "It's empty. .. disposable." In the dark, Joy's face was shadowed. All I could see of her were the wispy ribbons veiling her eyes. "Who cares?" Her voice had become less quivery.

Prism. Copyright © by Faye Kellerman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Prism 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Cariblogs More than 1 year ago
Prism is so shocking and suspenseful that it will keep you hooked until the very last sentence. In Prism Kaida is not happy about going on a class trip to the desert where everyone is split into vans. Kaida the girl with the purple hair is van pooling with Zeke star of the swim team and Joy who seems nice but is a smoker. They are not the same social circle so the trip starts of really quiet. Mr. Addison, one of the teachers, is driving the van and keeps reminding them to be stay buckled because the road can be dangerous. Soon after they get into a car accident and the van goes up in flames. Kaida, Zeke, and Joy manage to get out and stick together, but there is no sign of Mr. Addison. While trying to decide on what to do in the middle of the dessert it starts to rain and they are forced to find shelter. The shelter they find brings them more problems than help. Kaida wakes up from a strange dream that leaves her feeling uneasy. Everything seems normal except it's days before her trip. When she arrives at school she feels drawn to Zeke and Joy. As the story goes on they discover a world without medicine and healthcare. Kaida meets Ozzy who will risk anything to help her. The world simply believes the weak die out and the strong survive. They try to learn the new rules without drawing to much attention. The group hopes that reliving the crash will lead them back, but surviving long enough is a bigger challenge. Prism is the first book I read by mother daughter duo Faye and Aliza Kellerman. I read the book in a matter of hours because there was no way I could put it down. If you are looking for a good suspenseful thriller I recommend this one!
-dinosaurs- More than 1 year ago
i read this book because it looked kool. i didnt expect it to be great though. it was sorta predictable. but i think it was a good read. i wouldnt recomend it though unless you have nothing els to read or you are just looking for a book with a happy ending or something. i just think it was a cute story.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Kaida isn't that excited for the school trip to Carlsbad Caverns, especially when her van includes two people she can't stand. Little does she know, those two people will become her lifeline. Their car crashes and blows up right as the make their escape. They're not sure what happened to their teacher. As the skies open and the rain pours down, they find shelter for the night. In the cave, Joy falls into a hole. Kaida and Zeke fall in as they attempt to rescue her. As they struggle to find a way out, they fall sleep until dawn. Kaida wakes up in her own bed -but in a parallel world. She soon discovers this world is vastly different and people don't like anyone asking questions. Danger follows her around as she attempts to make contact with Joy and Zeke. Together the three of them attempt to unravel the differences between the worlds and if they can return to normal. Is there any hope for Kaida and her friends? My Thoughts: I really liked the book until the abrupt ending. Its hard to explain without spoiling the book, but I needed more, much more.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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 resort to calling her Hutchenson throughout the story) is dreading the class trip to Carlsbad Caverns. It's over a ten hour drive and she's going to be stuck in a van with the jock, Zeke Anderson, and the smoking loner, Joy Tallon. She'd give anything to be in the van with her best friend, Maria, and her sort of boyfriend, Iggy. On the drive, Kaida's van winds up separated from the others. The drive lulls the three to sleep, only to harshly awaken them when the van crashes, flips, and starts to catch fire. The three make it out relatively unscathed, only for them to realize that their teacher has been left inside and is surely dead, as the fire grows out of control. Seeking shelter from the cold and rain, the three teens enter a cave. But it's within this cave that their world changes. Kaida wakes up in her own bed, confused by the bizarre dream she had. She opens her medicine cabinet in the bathroom to retrieve some pain medication, only to find it barren of all medications and containing a bizarre tube: Coyote Cream. She vaguely recalls buying it on a trip somewhere. But when her brother comes into the bathroom and sees the tube, he freaks out, empties the contents, and asks Kaida where she got it and what was she thinking? It's just this sort of bizarre experience that seems to keep happening to Kaida. She's in her familiar surroundings, but it just doesn't seem right. When she approaches Zeke, and he starts to say he had a dream about her...the two slowly come to realize they're involved in something, but not sure what. And when the two speak the same name, Joy, at the same time, they know that something is wrong. With the help of a new student, Ozzy, the teens learn about the world they're now stuck in - a world where health care is nonexistent and medication is illegal and called "spills." They believe the only way back to the world they know is to get back to the cave they sought shelter in the first time. With a very Twilight Zone feeling to the story, PRISM is a book that will keep you entranced until the very end. The concept of a world without any health care is frightening. With dark images of the clean-up crew and a town of dying and ill people, you'll be left to wonder how society survived without everyday staples such as pain medications or antibiotics. PRISM will make you thankful you're in this world and not the alternative one that Kaida, Zeke, and Joy found themselves.
thaisra More than 1 year ago
This book was soo interesting. the story is well done. It has a realistic end and I have a feeling there might be a sequel to this book. Can't wait to read it!
Sativa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
when i purchased this book i wasn't aware it was written for teenagers. the writing certainly reflects that.. the story wasn't very indepth unfortunately. i could tell that faye kellerman had a huge hand in helping her daughter write this novel, but it's unfortunate that she didn't go further and insist that aliza create more depth and dimension in her characters and plot. there were a lot of loose ends in the story, a lot of things that didn't go anywhere. i would possibly suggest this book to someone in their early teens, but it wouldn't be the first on my list.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short, interesting alternate universe fantasy novel. The Kellermans deliver a decent, if not great, story with moderately sympathetic characters. It was engaging enough that I had to finish because I needed to know what happened, but not deep enough that I thought long and hard about it. The premise is quite good and I'll be interested to see of the mother-daughter team writes more YA novels.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kadia Hutchenson goes on a school field trip, finds herself with the school jock Zeke Anderson and loner Joy Tallon and not with her best friend. When they're involved in an accident and while trying to get to safety they end up in a cave where a bright light flashes and they wake up at home. However it's a home that they don't remember, a home that they have issues with, there are subtle differences and those differences could kill them. Their biggest problem is getting back to the alternative world that they recognise.It's not a bad read, quite a quick read actually but it somehow didn't quite work for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting twist to the YA Sci-fi genre. Ms. Kellerman's talents translate from Decker/Lazer us to Kaida's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm trying. I really am. I've poured more of my emotions into my stories than letting it out. Things bottle up and l never have anyone to talk to about anything. I have so many trust issues that even Wyatt worried for awhile. Then he gave up. Tomorrow is our two month anniversary since he asked me out. I don't think he cares anymore. Everyone l care about has left me, in one way or another. And my mother tried drowning me in front of my extended family several times. I hate pools and showers because of that. And the ocean. When you're on your own, it's hard to see anything good. I have you, and Swift, but that's it right now and l don't know how much longer for even this...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Subjects : Amorette Aveton - 13 , Hadley Lockhart - 2 , Viola Ventry - 15 , Delilah Dawns - 16 , Raelene Wisp - 3
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Awaits her plugger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13 and love this book. It takes you through wolds and you feel like ur really in the action! Nihing stops these kids as they race back to whats real. When they wake up in a world with no medicine or medical care, they realize they arent in Kansas anymore ;) i definitely will be recommending this book to my friends.
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This was an amazing read! I couldn't put it down. Enjoyable from beginning to end!
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