Prismatic

Prismatic

by Sarah Elle Emm

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Overview

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 learns that she, along with many other multi-racial people, has special abilities. Determined to overcome her situation, Rain sets out on a mission with the resistance that will fill her life with wonder, romance, and the undying hope for a better world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985154837
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2012
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 961,160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Prismatic 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
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, going without an education, marriage, and permission to have children. They're literally left to work and die away- a mild form of genocide. As I read this book, I begged for the story to go deeper than children could take it. Sadly, that didn't happen. As with the majority of dystopian tales, the world has pressed our young ones to take risks, educate themselves, then rise up, as though adults have been completely removed. In this case, the parents are there but are so mentally weak, no one else will fight back. The story was strong and the characters slightly realistic, but I could not bring myself to really care for Rain and Jabari as much as I know I should have. I think the idea of hormonally challenged, erratic behaving teens leading the old and young is just too much for me. The story was very slow and the necessary conflict that should have bloomed for the second book just was not there. I found myself thumbing through the last hundred pages or so. Then to be brought to such an odd cliffhanger, ending the story without much reason- threw me off. Who knows, there may be light at the beginning of the next book! We shall see..
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
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 morning. There is no fresh fruit, or new clothing in the zone, even if there was they would be charged a crazy amount of money for it. They hardly make any money. This zone is the work horse of the whole country. There is something about the mixed races. Some of the kids to seem to have abilities. There is an older lady who they meet with in secret who teaches them things that the government doesn’t want them to know. Rain, her brother (Daktari), and best friend (Zi) are introduced to another boy named Jabari. Jabari later introduces them to his friends. Together they all an ability or a talent. They team up and decide they are going to help the people in their zone by letting the other zones know about what it is like in their zone and that not everything is like it seems. I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked how the kids joined together and wanted to help everyone not just escape and save themselves. In the face of someone trying to take everything from them they are finding ways to fight against the people trying to keep them down. They know that they can’t just come out and fight, that in order to be effective they have to do things in secret. Even though the things they have to do maybe dangerous it doesn’t stop them from trying anyway. I can’t wait to read the book in this series.
DeeMcGee1 More than 1 year ago
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 for her family. Her curious and defiant nature kept me on edge as she struggles to keep her family intact. Rain discovers the existence of The Freedom Front, a group of special people from her segregated group, she joins and becomes determined to help the group break free of President Elizabeth Nicks. President Nick’s character is deliciously evil. I think Sarah did a great job of crafting her. You hate her almost immediately. You get a good mix of players via the secondary characters. Daktari is a sensative, caring brother to Rain. Jabari is the obligatory hottie/dertermined hero, and Rain’s mother is vulnerable and fragile. The plot for Prismatic isn’t strictly original. You see themes from books like The Hunger Game and the Divergent series. But Sarah does a great job of making it her own. The segregation of the citizens is holds a major theme in this story. It’s both riveting and disturbing. I like the social commentary this brings to mind. It’s a very relevant topic in our society and merging into this book kept me on edge. I also like that it shows the segregation as it’s happening, and not a long past event like The Hunger Games. The simmering outrage is at the surface as you read what Rain, her family, and all the mixed race go through. I enjoyed Prismatic. The plot wasn’t as original as I would have liked, but Sarah does a good job exploring the dystopian world she’s created in Prismatic. The characters are well-written and interesting. Sarah’s writing flows smoothly and it’s easy to read. I give Prismatic 4 out of 5 stars! Written by Dee McGee - Booze, Bookz, and Bad Boyz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 fair, those are two of my favorites of all time, so they are a lot to live up to for another book. Mostly, the book reminded me of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld, which is a series that is decent but I just don't love. Prismatic felt that way for me. There are some great descriptions and the symbolism runs through the story well, weaved in to the narrative in a way that is neither too subtle to be missed nor too heavy-handed to feel forced. The ending is not a cliffhanger, but it definitely prepares you for more titles, and this is apparently a series (I wasn't aware of that going in, as I try to read books with little to no background before starting in order to give myself an honest read). The concept itself is intriguing and unique in many ways, even for a sort of overdone genre like dystopian fiction. It's a combination of the world as we know it and the world as it could be. What I didn't like was that there were large sections that felt a little like info dumping, especially in the beginning. This is so hard to balance and really, it's almost impossible not to have some of it when creating a world, especially in YA titles, because you have limited words to get a lot out there. I think I would have liked to have seen it maybe later or broken up more, because it made getting into the book slightly more challenging. Again, I think it's worth getting past it, because overall, it's a decent read. I also thought some of the social commentary was a bit in your face, but this is a choice that is also affected by the limitations of length. You need to make sure your audience gets why things are what they are. Perhaps my biggest issue with the book was that it felt a little too "I've seen this already" for me. I read a lot of dystopian fiction, though, and I think that anyone who doesn't read as much of it would truly enjoy this. It's well-written for the most part and the cliches inherent in the genre are really only obvious to the most avid readers of the style. I personally found the ending slightly cheesy. Again, though, this is a preference, and no fault of the author. I am impressed by her concept and her writing style and I do recommend the book. I suppose to have loved it rather than simply liked it, I would just have needed something that really broke through the saturation of dystopian YA on my e-reader! I give this 3 out of 5 color spectrums.