Spark

Spark 4

by Rachael Craw

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/07/2014

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Death by design.

"You think God has a loophole for people who don't have a choice?" Jamie shrugs. "Hope so, otherwise we're screwed." Evie doesn't have a choice. One day she's an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she's a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer. The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death. And then there's Jamie. Irresistible. Off-limits.
ISBN:
9781922179623
9781922179623
Category:
Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-07-2014
Publisher:
Walker Books Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
464
Dimensions (mm):
198x128x34mm
Weight:
0.44kg
Rachael Craw

Rachael Craw studied Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury, but became an English teacher after graduation.

Working with teenagers has given her a natural bent towards Young Adult fiction and a desire to present a feisty female protagonist in her writing.

Her debut novel, Spark, is the first in a series released with Walker Books Australia from 2014. Rachael was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Nelson with her husband and three daughters.

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  • Sparked my interest

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    What a great, thrilling debut from Rachel Craw!
    Spark had me hooked from the beginning. This enthralling YA novel has everything, romance, action, drama. When Evie finds out she is a type of genetic mutant, a Shield, drawn to a Spark (her best friend Kitty) to protect them with her increased perception, strength and instincts, she will do anything to keep her safe.
    Craw has developed complex and enjoyable characters in this fast paced read that is sure to keep you guessing! Can’t wait for the second book!

  • Fabulous

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    I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely teen fiction, rolling drama, romance, action, crime and science-fiction into one fast-paced read. I found it very difficult to put down.

  • Unique Spin on Superheroes!

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    I really loved this book and I have 2 very large opinions about it.

    Opinion #1: It balanced delicately on the verge of superhero stereotypes...but....
    Opinion #2: It had a GLORIOUS AND BRILLIANT plot twist that exploded my mind and made me tackle hug the entire 450-pages and promise to read all sequels forever and ever amen.

    It's basically a superhero story. I love superheroes! I do! Spark followed this concept of 3 types of people with modified DNA: type #1 wanted to kill people, type #2 needed protecting from the killers, and type #3 were the protectors. Awesome, right? I loved that.

    The characters were fabulous! It's narrated by Evie who has to protect her BFF, Kitty. Kitty has a twin brother called Jamie who is hot (of course). Evie and Jamie had a "thing" when they were younger, but it rekindles when the story takes off. I liked Evie and Jamie's relationship and the smushy scenes were balanced with the kick-your-butt-to-the-other-side-of-the-planet scenes. Although Kitty took a backseat the whole time. I'm sad. I like it when best-friends take the front row. And Evie sure fainted a lot. Regular wilting daisy.

    My only frustration came at the huge emphasis on physical beauty.

    When Evie gets her powers, she basically turns "beautiful" by shallow standards. She grows to supermodel height, grows massive boobs, and (with a few weeks training) turns athletically gorgeous. Um...okay then. This bothered me because it was really emphasised. All the people with powers were BEAUTIFUL. By these standards. I thought, in today's modern era, we'd be embracing different forms of beauty.

    But let's not forget the explosion of AWESOME at the end.

    I did not see that plot twist coming and it built into something that clearly will be explored in the sequel. I'm excited! Bring it onnnnnn.