Series: Spark, #1
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
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Evie doesn’t have a choice.
One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.
The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.
And then there’s Jamie. irresistible. off-limits.
Here we have a beautiful and badass cover as well as an amazing story beneath it. I dunno about you guys, but THIS IS TOTAL AWESOMENESS.
Spark is a work of science-fiction set in today’s world. Basically, there are these genetic mutations in some people’s DNA that make them have special abilities. Evie is one of those people. Her aunt had it and so did her grandmother, and now, Evie has it as well. She’s a Shield, bound to protect her Spark, which happens to be her best friend, Kitty, from the person who wants and needs her dead—the Stray. The concept was really unique and I was very curious to find out more about this little world within.
A lot of reviewers have made the comparison of this book with Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead and I can definitely see why. Vampire Academy showcases two best friends where one of them has to protect the other from the bad guys, in this case there’s only one and that’s the Stray. I loved Kitty and Evie’s friendship and how realistically it was portrayed. Kitty is an independent woman on her own as well and she won’t let herself just agree along with everything Evie and her family says to her. She’s got a mind of her own and I love that she didn’t just act or let herself be treated like a helpless little baby.
I can also see the Rose-Dimitri relationship parallel in Spark. Kitty’s older brother, Jamie, is also a Shield like Evie. There’s basically a ‘forbidden’ romance going on between them for a while because they shouldn’t be together for that would be distracting Evie from her duty to protect Kitty. However, Jamie and Evie have a very rare Synergist bond which basically boosts and amplifies all their mental and physical abilities when near each other. Basically, making them more kick-ass. This is where all the Vampire Academy parallels end, the relationships between these three might be reminiscent of VA, but the plot line and characteristics of these characters are completely different.
My sole complaint lies at the info-dumping. When Evie discovers her true identity, everything is basically dumped onto her, and subsequently, the reader. It took me quite some time to actually understand all the jargon terms and the whole structure of Evie’s world, but I’d say it was worth it.
I do have a tiny quibble, in regards to the length of the book. I honestly just didn’t see why this book was so long. The pacing certainly wavered here and there, and could have saved much more pages by doing so.
Spark is a thrilling ride full of twists and plenty of action. The world Craw built totally fascinated me as did the characters. I definitely recommend this is you’re looking for a good sci-fi.
~Thank you Joy @ Thoughts by J and Walker Books Australia for providing the copy!~
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