- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market edition (2 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447208056
- ISBN-13: 978-1447208051
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,297,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spark (Sky Chasers) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012
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The heart-stopping, action-packed sequel to GLOW.
About the Author
Amy Kathleen Ryan grew up in Wyoming, adoring books by Madeleine L'Engle, Susan Cooper and Judy Blume. She studied Anthropology at the University of Wyoming, then did an MA in English Literature at the University of Vermont. From there she went on to the New School Creative Writing for Children Program. She is the acclaimed author of VIBES, and ZEN & XANDER UNDONE. Amy lives in Colorado, USA.
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This follows on from the first volume GLOW (Sky Chasers). And there's not enough exposition to really bring new readers up to speed, so you are better off starting with Glow.
Those who have read Glow, read on.
Spark is three hundred and seventy five pages long. It's divided into four parts and each part is further divided into shorter chapters.
[Mild spoilers follow so don't read on if you haven't read Glow]:
This follows on from the end of Glow, with Kieran now Captain of the Empyrean. Seth in the brig following his attempted mutiny. And a great wedge having been driven into Kieran's relationship with Waverly.
When a saboteur strikes, can he and Seth put aside their differences and save the ship? Can the whole crew pull together? And what will they do about the threat still presented by the New Horizon, and the hostages that ship holds?
All the crew are having to grow up very quickly. As some very tough choices have to be made...
Waverly, Kieran and Seth are all viewpoint characters, and the narrative does jump back and forth between them. The burden of command and the desire to get their parents back forces all three characters to make hard decisions. All of which have an effect on their relationship.
The whole story does revolve around the tough choices they have to make. And all the other characters go through the same. As seen in book one, the leader of the New Horizon is a very memorable foe because they firmly believe their actions are for the best. The same applies to certain things that the three main characters do here.
But this is also very good because of the attention it gives to the supporting characters. Some, like the wise Arthur ad inexperienced medic Tobin do really grab the reader's attention as a result.
The reader is also forced to think about what they might do in certain situations, and the moral dilemmas that result.
The prose is strong and the writing is clear and thus the pages turn rapidly.
Especially so in the final quarter of the book, which springs surprises galore. And has a shocking ending which will leave you desperate to know what will happen next.
The first volume of this series was very good. This one is an absolutely superb read, and well worth five stars.
The story concludes in Sky Chasers 3. I look forward to it.
It kept me glued to the pages from book 1 to book 3 with no respite. Fans of good storytelling in the sci-fi genre (though not the typical sci-fi written by men authors with emphasis on battles and machinery) will absolutely love this trilogy.
First let me start of by saying I only found out today Spark was the second book in the Sky Chasers series. I had no idea, not even when I was reading the book, though looking back it kinda makes sense. However Ryan did a fabulous job of updating the reader on what had happened previously and why certain situations had evolved.
Spark is an original unique story which combines Sci-fi with romance and I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would! To begin with I was worried I wouldn't like this bizarre society Ryan had created where kids were in charge, the only adults on board a freaking spaceship were deluded or incapacitated, and the kids were chasing after another more powerful spaceship to find their parents. It was a little Lord of the Flies at some points with the kids all turning on each other, and Ryan managed to make me forget they were kids, especially with some of their cruel acts, like drawing graffiti of the main character Waverly doling out sexual favours. Ryan created quite a complex backstory with a big plot involving the two spaceships, previously sister fleets, as the spaceships are looking for a Utopia basically and so a lot of backstabbing and sabotaging went on between the ships in order to reduce the competition when they arrived at the new 'Earth'. Spark picks up from where the first novel Glow seems to have left of with the female kids returning to the Empryean after escaping from the New Horizon, where their eggs in their ovaries had been stolen from them. Yep told you it was a complex story!
The novel is told from three viewpoints (the three main characters) Waverly, Seth and Kieran.
Waverly was the leader of the escaped teenage girls and returned the majority of the girls to the Empryean. However as she had failed to save the parents who were locked on the New Horizon a lot of the Empryean kids resented her and were horrific to her during the novel. I really liked how Ryan didn't let Waverly just miraculously get over her ovary ordeal. Waverly was scarred mentally as were the other girls and this really added to a lot of the interactions and events that developed in the novel. Waverly was a strong character however at times you could get quite exasperated with her as everything became harder than it should have been as she struggled to turn the Empryean into a democracy rather than an autocracy and kept ending up being almost as bossy as Kieran despite the fact she was trying to restore democracy! Ryan kept the theme of disunity and division between the Empryean kids going through out the novel which could become quite tiresome as you struggled to catch up with the latest developments of side picking. However I enjoyed Waverly and I especially liked the animosity Ryan developed between Kieran and Waverly as well as the budding agressive romantic relationship between Waverly and Seth. Ryan had a good knack for developing relationships fully and adding new events to further consolidate the feelings between characters she was generating.
Seth was a strong well developed character with plenty of depth and sad pasts. It annoyed me a little that Ryan took so long to develop Seth and Waverly's relationship as you knew it was going to happen and she kept drawing it out whereas I think I would have liked Waverly to have had Seth there for her without Waverly having to tip toe around the question of whether Seth liked her etc. I suppose what with Seth being in hiding from Kieran a lot of the time it was quite difficult! I disliked Seth being blamed for everything by the kids, he acted as something as a scapegoat and occasionally it felt like Ryan chose him just so she could fob the blame off quickly and easily without having to introduce another character who could possibly be blamed. Again I would have liked their (Waverly and Seth's) relationship to have been a bigger feature in the novel.
Imagine a boy with a teenage 'I'm always right' attitude combined with a conviction that it is his duty to lead and control the ship and you make Kieran. Ryan has really portrayed him as the bad guy in this novel, though she does sometimes give him a break by delving into the bloody past between the Empryean and the New Horizon which explains some of his actions and makes him realise when he's going wrong. However I did feel sorry for Kieran as he was one of those characters whose every action was motivated by a desire to do well and do right and he was basically trying to live up to the previous captains image. This turned out to be not a good rolemodel though! Also poor Kieran got his heartbroken when his beloved Waverly returned from the Empryean and accused him of being a dictator and refused to give him support. What was great about this novel was there were so many angles that you could view the characters from and it meant at different points in the novel you empathised with different characters.
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