Review: ‘Spark’ by Amy Kathleen Ryan

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Review: ‘Spark’ by Amy Kathleen RyanSpark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on July 17th, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 309
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
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...

About Amy Kathleen Ryan

I was born in Jackson, Wyoming, where I lived in an apartment above my father's drywall business and paint store. As a kid I spent a lot of time outside, climbing trees and scrambling all over the hills that bordered our town. I always liked writing stories, but I didn't become a serious reader until I discovered A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle. I was totally hooked, read all of L'Engle's books, and then moved on to writers like Susan Cooper, Isaac Asimov, and Jack London. I dreamed about being a writer, and I even wrote the beginnings of a first novel in the fifth grade. It was called The Adventures of Kim D. Lavenport, and to this day, my mother is convinced it is my best work. Soon, though, I put Kim in a drawer and forgot all about her. I developed other interests, especially in acting and science, two areas in which I excelled. For a while, writing took a back seat.

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Waverly has gone off to the dark side. Quite literally she seems to lose her humanity in this book and I couldn’t help but cringe when she did those ghastly things. Maybe being on the ship with no adult supervision has finally made her go a little crazy.

Seth doesn’t seem as evil in this one than the last book. I quite liked reading his viewpoints. I actually pitied him knowing that he was trying to help the ship and not destroy it.

Kieran seemed like he was brainwashed into believing all the things he was doing was right. I didn’t understand why him and Waverly were at such opposite ends. I do believe that Kieran is an adept leader and he did his best to become the captain when everyone needed help, he was there to take charge and I admire that in him.

There’s a lot of vengeance trying to be sought in this book and I’m not sure it bodes well for the people of Empyrean. All it does is create more violence and more evil acts. I was appalled at what some of these teens were doing. Their minds are unhinged and aren’t thinking clearly. They are desperate to help their parents and are doing everything in their power but torturing people is not the way to do it. I fear this will cause an avalanche of emotions that will make it harder for them to get over.

Great story and I really can’t wait for the last book!


It was his goal to get a real smile out of her someday. He wanted to see what she looked like when she was happy.
She’d been through too much. Some part of we had snapped. Her humanity had gone on hiatus, and what was left behind was her animal instinct: Kill, hurt, main, survive.
All I know, is that I made things worse by being mean when I could have made things better being kind.
I don’t care that I’m not good enough for you.




1 Comment

  1. Cathee

    June 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    I gave it a two stars, mainly because, as you said, Waverly has gone over the ‘dark side’. I hated her a lot, and I was disappointed mainly by that. To me, it felt like a ‘in between’ book. Like you, I can’t wait to see what happens next, but my expectations are REALLY low! I had high expectations for Spark since I love Glow, but now I decided to lower them for the third and final book. I’m still glad you liked it!

    Happy reading, Giselle!


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