Kaida Hutchenson, Zeke Anderson, and Joy Tallon: three teens with nothing in common, thrown together by an explosive eccident that turns their class trip in a desert nightmare. And the next morning…a return to teir ordinary lives with everything just as it was before.
Or is it?
Increasingly unnerved by the distorted world around her, Kaida must band together with Zeke and Joy in hopes of making it back to the reality she remembers…and surviving the one she’s fallen into.
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.
Three teenagers, Kaida, Joy and Zeke are on a class trip. Almost to their destination, there is a horrific accident and the three find themselves worse for wear. The next morning, Kaida wakes up in her bed at home, days before the class trip, thinking about the freaky dream she just had. She soon realizes that it wasn’t a dream, and she – and Zeke and Joy – are no longer in their on world. With help from bad boy Ozzy, Kaida and the others race against time and the government in order to get back home – the same way they arrived.
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 that all came together so that Kaida always made out ok in the end (very deus ex machina, but not as bad). And this includes Zeke’s and Joy’s reactions!
In the beginning, neither of them want to believe Kaida that they are in an alternate world, and even when they do believe her, they don’t want to try and get home. Kaida and Ozzy get them to listen to reason and they change their minds very, very quickly. Zeke and Ozzy also don’t seem to do much in the story. I could have easily removed them, given Kaida a larger part and not changed the storyline at all. Even Kaida’s personality isn’t explored much. As the main character we definitely get more insight into her, but not enough to really connect.
I liked the book, though. The writing kept me interested in the story, and like I said, there is huge potential in the plot. It’s a great concept, I just would have liked it, and the characters, to be a little more fleshed out. Kaida and Ozzy are both really intriguing characters, and so much more could have been done with Joy and Zeke. The novel is a good action-adventure and an entertaining read.