Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Prismatic by Sarah Elle Emm : A Review

BOOK TITLE: Prismatic
AUTHOR: Sarah Elle Emm
GENRE: Fiction / YA/ dystopian
FORMAT: Digital
REVIEW BY: Dhivya Balaji
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: I thank Debdatta D Sahay for this review copy.
          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.

          Tyrants everywhere fear the people they oppress, for one day; the people rise up in revolt and can easily overthrow the establishment.
          Prismatic follows the same kind of story line - it is a first person narrative of Rain, a teenage girl. The story starts in 2046 and most of it is in 2050. USA as we know it has been taken over by Elizabeth Nicks, a fifty something woman who has plans for world domination. She has become president through elections and once she gained power, had completely abolished the current political system and instead pacified people by giving out perks like renewable energy powered vehicles.
          Rain and her family are only few of the many people who have been moved from their residence to some government controlled enclosed space. Far from the comforts of the homes they built from their own sweat and blood, the people are being forced to live in segregated colonies. The character of Elizabeth seems umbridge-sque, and of course, like all tyrants, she wants every communication channel controlled and people segregated racially. Placed among other segregated people, Rain learns of the many horrors committed and with the helps of others like her attempts to overthrow the system.
          The concept of calling the tyrant 'Tricky Nicky' made me smile everytime I read it, no matter how serious the book was at the time. Maybe because I had read too many stories where teenagers revolt against an establishment, or because all stories follow more or less the same path and sometimes show that the protagonists have special powers, I felt that this book did not offer anything extraordinarily new. But for someone who has not read these types of novels, every twist and turn would be intriguing and the struggle of the characters might seem inspiring. This is basically a novel about human fight for freedom from a tyrant's oppressive rule.
          The language is fairly decent and the plot, though predictable keeps the readers interest alive. The writing makes sure I will read the other books of the series. The characters are written with decent depth. The expected quintessential romance angle is also present, making the book lively for a set of readers. Overall, a nice read generally and a really interesting story if you have not tried this genre yet
WHAT I LIKED: The language and writing style
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: Personally felt that it follows stereotypes of this genre – but not a deal breaker
VERDICT: Gives what you expect from a novel of this genre.
RATING: 3.8/5

          Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.
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