Whats New Category: Science Fiction

Prism by Aliza Kellerman and Faye Kellerman

Prism by Aliza Kellerman and Faye Kellerman

Adult mystery writer Faye Kellerman teamed up with her daughter Aliza Kellerman to write an action packed, science fiction thriller that takes a look at what life would be like if there was no modern health care–no doctors, no medicine, and knowing anything about illness or injury can get you thrown in prison.  It is a quick read, that has everything: action, mystery, science fiction, and even a love story thrown in to the mix.

Prism centers on three teens Kaida, Zeke, and Joy.  On a school trip to the Carlsbad Caverns, their school van is in a horrific accident.  Barely escaping the accident alive, the three teens take cover in a nearby cave.  After getting lost and falling deeper into the cave with no way out.  After blacking out, Kaida awakens the next morning safe and sound in her bed.  Odd.  It isn’t until she goes to school, that she begins to feel that things are not right.  After witnessing a man get hit by a car and no one coming to his aid except men in white who just throw the dying man into the back of a white van, Kaida really begins to realize that something is not right in this world.  Zeke and Joy are experiencing the same thing as Kaida and share the same memories of the accident.  The three of them display an uncanny knowledge of medicine, illness, and injury in this world, and this knowledge is dangerous.  Can Kaida, Zeke, and Joy figure out what happened to them the night of the accident, can they get back home to their world, and can they survive this world long enough to do so?

Checkout this video below, where the Aliza and Faye Kellerman talk about writing the Prism:

Mergers reviewed by Emily

Mergers by Steven Layne

I read the book Mergers by Stephen Layne. It is a science fiction/fantasy novel. Between Dirk, Mateo, Keiko, and Nicci, the world as they know it is at risk.  When a machine called the merger created by Senator Broogue combines all races in order to create “peace”, it does anything but that.  When Dirk, Mateo, Keiko, and Nicci were kids, they knew they were different.  Their skin wasn’t merged.  If someone saw them they would be in great danger.  Dr. Lisa Tyrone takes the kids in and raises them until Senator Broogue kills her. Along the way, the kids meet three people just like them.  Soon they find out that the fate of the world is in their hands.

review submitted by Emily

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth book coer Beatrice lives in Chicago– well actually she lives in Abnegation, one of the factions of Chicago.  Everyone in Abnegation is self-less.  There are four other factions: amity (friendship/peace), dauntless (fearless), erudite (intelligence), and candor( who always speak the truth).   Beatrice is now 16, which means it’s time to figure out which faction she’ll spend the rest of her life in.  If she doesn’t chose Abnegation, this choice also means cutting herself off from her Abnegation parents.  A test, which is actually a simulation, helps decide which faction she would be best suited for, but Beatrice still has the final choice.  Beatrice’s test doesn’t offer an conclusive results, her test proctor informs her that she’s a divergent.  Being a Divergent means you are someone who doesn’t fit in any of the clearly defined factions, and is a result she must not share with anyone because the consequences could be terrible. 

Which faction does Beatrice settle on? Dauntless, and the action ramps up from that point on.  Beatrice, who now goes by Tris, finds out that even her though she has chosen Dauntless as her new faction this doesn’t mean they chose her.  Only ten initiates will be accepted in the faction and the newbies must prove themselves by performing well in intense tasks like fighting, knife throwing, shooting, and most of all confronting and overcoming their fears.  Tris seems to have the odds stacked against her  since she was an Abnegation and kind of scrawny, but her determination and some support from one of the trainers, who’s named Four, help her stay in the running for a slot.  While proving her worth to Dauntless, Tris also finds herself questioning the Dauntless and the other factions and their true motives.  Her divergent-ness starts to become more apparent to not just her but to others who are secretly observing her.  Will she be able to keep her secret and what does her divergence mean for the future of all of the factions?

Candor by Pam Bachorz

Candor book cover “Always be courteous.”

“Academics are the key to success.”

“Studying is your top priority.”

“Healthy breakfasts make for smart minds”

What if messages like this ran through your head all day? What if while you were listening to your favorite CD you were being brainwashed at the same time?  Well, then you’d be living in Candor, otherwise known as every parent’s dream.  No one really knows about the messages, but what they do know is teenagers in Candor love to do chores, they get straight A’s, and no one is ever an outsider. 

Meet Oscar, the founder of Candor’s son. He’s handsome, smart, popular, and seemingly perfect, except he’s found a way to fight the messages: to shut his brain off to them.  He’s also found a way to make some money on the side byhelping free kids from Candor before they get sucked in by the messages, because once that happens you’ll be walking around like a programmed drone the rest of your life. 

Oscar’s latest target for business is Nia, except that Oscar finds himself completely smitten by her.  He must a make a decision to save Nia from the messages and never see her again, or keep her close and risk everything exposing everything.