Spark

Zoe N. | October 14, 2014 | Review

Spark

Summary:

Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has led the boys safely up to this point, and now that the girls are back, their mission seems slightly less impossible: to chase down the New Horizon, and save their parents from the enemy ship. But nothing is truly as it seems…

In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon. Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end...

Review:

It’s time to grow up. You might want some showdown like in the storybooks, but this is not a storybook. This is war. And war doesn’t have a happy ending. Not for anyone.

Dare I say it, this manages to be even more incredible than its predecessor Glow, which is an accomplishment in itself. With the second installment in the Sky Chasers trilogy, Amy Kathleen Ryan writes another wonderful and haunting story that will undoubtedly linger in your mind for quite some time.

Waverly has managed to escape the New Horizon and return to her home ship, the Empyrean, where she’s reunited with her fiancé Kieran. But all the adult passengers of the Empyrean are being held captive on the New Horizon, and if they’re to be rescued Waverly and the rest of the remaining children risk losing everything.

With this series, Ryan doesn’t merely write about characters. She writes about people. This series is essentially a huge psychological study about the effects power, greed, and love have on people; and it transfers in such a thought-provoking and chilling way. No character in this series is completely good or completely evil, they all float somewhere inbetween, with questionable motives and intentions.

We say that YA dystopians are simple and full of brainless action, and yet, once again, Ryan proves that statement false. Spark manages to remind me why I so love this genre: she takes a current political trend and manages to turn it into an eerily plausible and thought-provoking futuristic situation.

And the result is incredible.

four-stars

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