The Prism Affect

Book One of The Skylight Series

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
195 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2021
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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite

The Prism Affect by J. Wint is the first book of The Skylight Series that sets the stage for a futuristic world in which science fiction and the supernatural merge. Jet has just arrived at Skylight University for his first year, and he is expecting to be an outcast just like he has always been -- thanks to his glowing eyes. He quickly learns about the unpleasant side effects of his rare condition and the fate that awaits him. But at the university, he can meet others who also have this condition, and Jet is determined to join forces with the others to learn more and find a way to fight fate. Jet will soon discover that the past -- and his future -- are way more complicated than he ever imagined.

J. Wint has created an entirely new universe set in the semi-distant future that is easy to believe and impossible to put down. I absolutely love when genre lines are blurred, and The Prism Affect is a perfect example of combining science fiction, mystery, supernatural, and action. Even athletics and technology make a fair appearance, as we are introduced to the newest, futuristic sport since Quidditch. As for the characters, Jet makes an amazing lead with his determined personality and traumatic past, but the supporting cast members are just as realistic, complex, and relatable as they advance through the labyrinth of the well-developed plot. Everything shifts with unforeseen twists that will certainly bring me back for the next book in the series.

Susan Sewell

Ostracized and rejected, those born with a rare disease will die before their twenty-fourth birthday unless one young man can find a cure in the young adult science-fiction novel The Prism Affect: Book 1 of the Skylight Series by J Wint. Jet Stroud was born with Ephebus Mortem and grew up in an orphanage. Due to his rare condition, Jet never experienced anything but loneliness and rejection. Having no one to depend on but himself, Jet worked hard to make the Blaze team in school. When he left for Skylight to finish his education, Jet became set on finding a remedy for Ephebus Mortem. For the first time in his life, Jet formed relationships with a teacher and his roommate, Cutter. Determined to find a cure for his abnormality, Jet established a group with the other students with his condition, the teacher, and Cutter. With the seconds ticking away and their lives at stake, can they find the answers they seek before it is too late?

Set in the far future, The Prism Affect by J Wint is a spine-tingling science-fiction novel rich in intrigue and mysticism. Superbly written, the story fires the imagination from the very beginning. The combination of the race against the clock and the distinctive characters creates a suspenseful and unforgettable first book in what promises to be a spectacular series. The author built a fabulous story world that is easy to imagine. The realism of Skylight's society and its technical devices are fantastic and believable. The skylight system with its nine orbiting belts is a fascinating concept, and the history behind the system and its creator has some intriguing aspects. It is an exciting book that will thrill young adults and everybody else who relishes science-fiction novels with a hint of mysticism and a dystopian flavor.

Pikasho Deka

The Prism Affect is the first installment of The Skylight Series by J. Wint. Eighteen-year-old Jet Shroud leaves his childhood home in the cave-like system of ARC to join the prestigious Skylight University in the Skylight system. Discriminated his whole life due to his illness of ephebus mortem - a condition that creates a glow in the eyes and leaves the victims dead before the age of twenty-four - Jet finds a similar attitude prevailing amongst his fellow students. The sole exception is his roommate, Cutter, upon whose advice he befriends fellow ephebus mortem students in Vail, Bo, and Cord. As the friends start searching for a cure, they find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy involving a series of paintings that contain secret messages about an ancient race. Can Jet uncover the mystery and embrace his destiny?

Author J. Wint's young adult dystopian series starts with a bang and should appeal to sci-fi and fantasy lovers alike. The Prism Affect is a captivating mix of sci-fi and fantasy that keeps your eyes glued to the pages from start to finish. The plot moves at a blistering pace, with a narrative that also incorporates elements from adventure and mystery genres to keep you on your toes and turning the pages with eager anticipation of what's to come. I found the characters well-developed, with backstories that add plenty of depth to their personalities. With a unique and authentic premise, the author delivers an imaginative tale that makes you crave the sequels by the end. If you're a fan of young adult sci-fi stories, do not miss out on The Prism Affect.