Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Author: Faye Kellerrman and Aliza Kellerrman
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-168721-1 (Hardcover)
Release Date: June 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Age/Grade Recommendation: Age 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Age 13 and up
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 3.0
Sexual Content Rating: N/A
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Faye's Website: www.fayekellerman.com
This book, set in New Mexico and California, features three teen-agers who fall through a cave in Carlsbad Caverns while on a field trip. They fall into a parallel universe, seven weeks in the past, in which their normal family and school remain the same except for the fact that no medicine exists and if people die they are picked up and disposed of.
Kaida Hutchenson, the heroine of this tale, doesn't like the dark, which of course includes bats and caves. She is not exactly excited at the prospect of spending fourteen hours in a van traveling to a class trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico with two students she has nothing in common with. Zeke Anderson and overachiever and Joy Tallon, a 14 year old cigarette smoking loner. The only bright spot is Kaida's favorite teacher, Mr. Addison who is driving the van. As the hours pass by slowly the kids fall asleep and are jolted awake by a crash. They scramble to safety not knowing if Mr. Addison has survived the crash. Alone in the desert, without their cell phones that burned up in the crash, they try to come up with a rescue plan. The desert winds come up and a torrential rainfall forces them to seek shelter in a cave. If you remember, Kaida does not like caves. As they back up into the cave to escape the downpour, a light appears in the distance, They race toward it hoping to find an exit. The light become blinding and they fall into a deep chasm.
Kaida awakens in her own bedroom, sore and disoriented. Her room seems OK but her medicine is gone from the medicine cabinet and time has gone backwards. Her field trip is weeks in the future but memories of it including the fiery crash and the cave surface. It seems that she has been dreaming but, the memories are so clear that she seeks out Zeke and Joy, who share memories of the trip and the accident. Somehow, they have stumbled into a parallel universe and have to figure out a way to get back to reality.
One of my favorite authors, Faye Kellerrman has teamed with her daughter Aliza Kellerrman to co-write this creative novel that will stretch your imagination. These three teen-agers are trapped in an alternate world where medicine and health care do not exist and sick people are left to die. I have to say that this book does not interest me but probably would interest teens who like to think "What if?" I haven't read a lot of YA's except, of course, J.K. Rowling so I'm certainly not the final say. Young Adult fans will enjoy this fast-paced story and, of course, this is Faye Kellerrman, who has entertained mystery fans for a long time. So, I recommend this to teens and YA fans of all ages. Maybe you will see something in it that I didn't.
Talk to you soon,
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