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Thursday 3 July 2014

Review: Spark

Evie is an ordinary teenager trying to adjust after her mother dies, but strange things start to happen, things that Evie knows should not be possible. She experiences flashbacks of other people’s memories and her strength and reflexes become sharper than is humanly possible.

What Evie does not know is that a switch has been flicked deep within her DNA, a switch that is the result of a genetic experiment gone wrong several decades ago. Evie’s best friend, Kitty, is the Spark that ignites Evie’s compulsion to protect her to the death. However, Kitty is also the Spark that ignites someone else’s compulsion to hunt and kill her. There is no choice and there is no turning back for anyone, but it is not as simple as it sounds.

Evie is a novice who hasn’t learned to control her powers yet and no novice in history has successfully protected their Spark the first time around. Can Evie keep her friend from death? And what about Kitty’s brother, Jamie? Evie and Jamie’s unfinished business from a kiss several years before could be a potentially fatal distraction.

With regular twists and turns than lead you ever deeper into this totally believable genetically engineered world, Spark is hard to put down. The real world disappeared as I lost myself in Evie’s high stakes dilemmas.

Title: Spark: death by design
Author: Rachael Craw
Publisher: Walker Books, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 July 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922179623
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult