Monday, August 27, 2012

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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 fiancĂ©? 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... -

This book was absolutely amazing.  I loved it, over and above how I felt about the first book, Glow.  It just had something extra to it.  Some characters redeem themselves, others sink lower.  There were so many things that made this book phenomenal, but again, one of the greatest strengths were the characters.

Something I noted in the first book, which stays true in book two, is that all the characters have such an evident capacity for both good and evil.  In book one, even though I liked Seth, I also hated him because of his actions.  Kieren, who I started out really liking in book one, later became something a little twisted in book one himself, but in another way from what happened to Seth...yet still redeemable.  I still felt so sorry for him in what happened.  Meanwhile, Waverly went from mousy to absolutely tough. 

In this story, things change yet again.  Kieren becomes a bit more twisted, while still maintaining some saving qualities.  There were times, however, that I just wanted to smack his face off because you really hate him.  Seth, who I had grown disgusted with in book one, completely changes yet again and comes a little closer to the potential I always saw in him... of course this made me extremely happy, as he redeems himself and starts down a completely different path.  And Waverly finds things within herself that are amazing and also a little ugly too.

The external conflict amps up yet again, and there was one scene, toward the end of the story that literally had me hopping up and down in my chair with suspense.  It had me breathless!  Wow.  What can I say.

The ending had to be one of the biggest cliffhangers ever!!  Oh, Seth, Seth, Seth!!  It was absolutely agonizing and I literally screamed at the page, "No!!"  My husband thought I was having a fit.  That's some really good writing right there.  Amy Kathleen Ryan has some brilliant writing, let me tell you.  To write characters so thoroughly interesting, where the good and bad are both in them, and to create such suspense for the reader, is amazing.  This book truly did leave me breathless.

If you liked this book, check out the first book:


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