Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan [Review]

3.5 out of 5 Robots!  
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers, #2
Genre: Young Adult SciFi Dystopia
Release: July 17, 2012
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Buy this Book: Amazon

Book 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…Kieran’s leadership methods have raised Seth’s hackles— and Waverly’s suspicions. Is this really her fiancé? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her?

In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? 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...

My Thoughts:
Spark is the much anticipated sequel to Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan. Spark is frustrating, engrossing and packed with complex characters. It starts off a little slow- I actually put it down twice and finished other books before reaching the end. If I would have just pushed through and made it to about pages 80-95, I wouldn't have had that problem. I would have read it straight through. The plot really picks up and held me captivated- I raced to the ending at that point. 

The reason Spark didn't completely sit well with me is because the characters frustrated the hell out of me. I found myself rolling my eyes constantly at Waverly, Seth and Kieran. These are all teenagers, thrown into situations and places of power meant for adults. I had to remind myself that this is why these characters did many things that didn't sit well with me- After all, they're hormonal teenagers facing the loss of family and friends while having to push through and work hard to keep the ship running.

I hated Seth in Glow, I love him in Spark. He is brave and thoughtful. Kieran is another story. He is power hungry, and doesn't like to share the lime light. Thankfully he becomes more tolerable, even likeable towards the end. I can't say the same for Waverly- I found her annoying and hot headed throughout the entire novel. That disappointed me, as she is so courageous and passionate in Glow. It is refreshing, however, that her character changed due to the traumatic experience she had when kidnapped in Glow. Oh- and a quick side note- the romance is very much down played. There is barely any hint of a love triangle, thankfully, which made everything seem so much more realistic.

Once you get past the first couple chapters, the suspense and emotional intensity becomes utterly unbearable (in a good way!) and you won't be able to put this book down. I highly recommend this book to those that were smitten with Glow and urge those that weren't to give this series a second shot. The plot is much more action packed and full of intrigue here. I can't wait to see what happens in book three.


  1. I loved Glow - but I listened to it on audio so I feel like my opinion may be skewed. The audio for Glow made Seth out to be obnoxious and condescending and two-faced and selfish (just forget all those "ands") where as Kieran was portrayed as thoughtful, a little misguided, but overall a teenager who wanted to succeed. Waverly - she just about drove me nuts. Regardless, I am SO jealous that you've read Spark! I can't wait to get it!

    1. I didn't listen to Glow on audio, but I felt the SAME EXACT WAY about the characters in Glow. They all made me feel the total opposite in Spark! It was frustrating and confusing, but I still really enjoyed this one. I finally listened to The Maze Runner on audio because you said it was good! Really enjoyed it!!



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