Tour Stop: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino
Author: Kate Corcino
Publisher: 15th December 2014
Genre(s): New Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.
Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.
Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.
Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.
The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.
About the Author:
Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.
She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!
She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.
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My Thoughts:Woo, finally a good book! (I've been on kind of a dry spell, and the last few books I read were not... great.) Maybe I should switch over to reading sci-fi for a while, since Contemporary romance isn't quite hitting it these days.
First things first: the world building. It was great, in this book. The world fleshed out, it made since, it wasn't too dark, and it was different. I mean, how many books can you name that is dystopian and the characters are dealing with the consequences that's actually a pretty big, controversial, subject today?
The characters: I liked Lena's character. She's that heroine that you want to be bffls with because she's always hilariously sarcastic and very independent. If I had known that the heroine was this kick-a, I would've read this a lot sooner than I did. Alex... eh, he was okay, but I don't know, there were some points of his personality that I could possibly do without. I do wish that some of the other, non-MC characters were fleshed out a little before their demises/exits because I didn't feel the connection to them that I should've been feeling.
The pacing and storyline: It was great. Not too fast, not too slow. Action at just the right place, with just the right amount of build up. This novel had me asking questions throughout, while receiving the answers as I read.
It really overjoyed me that this is a New Adult book. It seems to me that the genre is full of all of the same books, storylines, and characters: fighting (MMA and the like), rockstar, the shrinking violet, the damaged hero/heroine. It really annoys me sometimes that there isn't really a spectrum of New Adult books. BUT, I guess I just has to wait, if Spark Rising is an example of what to come. If anyone were to look at the NA category, there still wouldn't be many, if any, Sci-fi books, so I think this is a great entry into the genre.
I'm giving this book 5 (five) hearts because I absolutely loved it. I just wish that I didn't have to wait for the other books in the series.