Review: Spark (Spark #1) by Rachael Craw

Spark

Series : Spark

Publisher: Walker Books  Australia

Source : Publisher

Release Date : July 1st 2014

 

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. 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. 

Tash M

I readily admit that I struggled the first time I tried to read Spark and left it for a while Until recently when I thought I need to give Spark another a go. The timing wasn’t right the last time.  Stray is the sort of book I would go for regardless of category.  Sci –fi is something I enjoyed and on  my second try I found myself flying through the book hooked.

I must admit the pacing is unusual for a story. It is very fast paced but it works in favour for this book. As Craw is a very descriptive writer but of a good kind, she knows how to self edit herself from becoming boring   .  This story was layered and complex something that  is need for a good  sci-fi

Plus the clichés, as this story has the typical ones but it works with this story. Stray introduces to the world of Evie and others. A world that is govern by secrets and history.  Eve is an outsider in a world, she doesn’t have money or connections like the others .  But to Kitty and Jamie she  is just Evie their childhood friend who  they have spent summers together as long as they can remember .

Until now  when Evie world is turned upside down full after some recent turmoil. Like Evie , Craw leads us on a journey as we  dive further past the surface and experience literally the world building in front of us.  Things aren’t just as they seemed.

As whilst the setting was any other USA city, it was what lurked underneath as Evie was thrown out of her  comfort zone.   She need parental figures and  I loved that they all step up. They didn’t flinch as was natural to some and others it was a necessity

I loved she combined the typical elements of sci-fi with contemporaries .  Allowing  teens when exploring their every day lives  in  sci-fi inspired world. Every day problems such as growing up and  relationships with their families and peers.  I  love the relationship between  the parents and kids in this novel.  There was  some interesting relationships in this novel  something that is forgotten in YA sometimes. It  very much a family affair considering things and that the fact they were in all in agreement was crazy considering things that unfolded . They were all for normal teenager experiences though the sci-fi was at the forfront despite the best intentions.

Spark is the sort of debut I want to read. An unique spin on superpowers and wasn’t not sci-fi  heavy that it goes over it our heads. Craw has put together a thrilling first book and once you are hooked it is not easy want to pick up the next and discover more about this crazy world . A debut that is worth reading and Craw is a talent that you don’t want to miss.

 

 

 

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