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August 01, 2012

Review: Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan - Farah

Title: Spark (Sky Chasers, #2)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan 
Publication date: July 17, 2012
Publisher: St.Martin's Griffin 
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi, Dystopia)
Challenges: Dystopian, A-Z
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 309
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...
*Includes spoilers if you have not read the first book, Glow* 
As I finished Glow, the first book in the Sky Chasers trilogy, I really wanted to know what would happen next. Spark started exactly where Glow left off. It's good that I read both of the books in the same month, or else I'd probably be lost when I started Spark. The girls are back on the Empyrean after being kidnapped by the New Horizon, but things have not been the way there were. The main protagonist, Waverly, is disappointed to see how Kieran, her fiancé, has led the ship. Waverly is sure that Kieran has changed, and being the leader of the ship where there are no adults, she feels like he's going to do something bad to the ship. Kieran has never been a favorite of mine. I felt like he wasn't a "guy" because of how sensitive and whiny he sometimes was. Waverly seemed like a stronger character than he was, and I really liked how smart she acted in the book.
While the first book had "evil" all over Seth, Spark decided to take a different turn. It was entertaining to see how Seth acted in this book. Seth seemed like a totally different character, which seemed hard to find believable at first. He was totally phsyco crazy evil in the first book, I never expected him to turn out to be the good guy. It had a nice twist to it, so it was fun to read. Unlike Glow, Spark was definitely full of action throughout all the book. I don't think there was ever a "boring" part in the book, but let's say that some were more interesting than others.
Overall I was glad that Spark was a better read than Glow! Oh, and did I mention how much Amy Kathleen Ryan loves cliffhangers? Because she killed me with them in the first book, and now she killed me again in the second book. I cannot wait to get my hands on the third, and final book in the Sky Chasers trilogy! I really recommend this trilogy to all those young adult dystopian fans!


  1. I loved Glow and you're so right about that cliffhanger! I still have to get my copy of Spark, I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the great review!

  2. I'm still torn.. I didn't really love the first book... too much religion for me.. But I still want to brave it and read #2 >.< does it dial the religion back at all? - great review still!

  3. Lovely review!!! I definitely enjoyed Spark so I am glad to hear you liked it too. The cliff hangers are a lot of fun and the characters definitely growed a lot in the sequel! Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to the next book :-)

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