by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Published by: St Martin's Griffin
on July 17, 2012
Source: bought from independent bookstore
Can you read book two without refreshing your memory on book one? There is recap of major plot points, but I was still a little lost on some of the backstory and characters.
"It's time for all of you to grow up. You might want some final showdown like in the storybook, but this isn't a storybook. This is war ... war doesn't have a happy ending."Ryan allows her characters to be complex and imperfect. There aren't obvious heroes and villains here -- or when you think there are, you soon change your mind. Spark centers around Kieran's struggle to maintain order on the Empyrean, and the concurrent search for the saboteur aboard ship. Seth, Kieran and Waverly are constantly butting heads in a way that made this feel way more interesting than the usual love triangle. When the devious Anne Mather (awesome female villain!) wants to negotiate peace, the kids have to decide how much they can trust her, and what they are willing to risk to be reunited with their parents.
P.S. Random question: why was the typeface in this book so TINY? I have great eyesight and don't need glasses, but as I read this book, I seriously felt like I was going blind. As a basis of comparison, Delirium, Mockingjay, and Clockwork Prince are set in 12 point size. Spark was in 9 point type. And there were a few lines in 7 point. I mean, I'm all for saving paper, but sheesh....
Edited to Add:
Okay, I was mostly kidding about the font, but St. Martin's Griffin reminded me about the audiobook version. You guys know how I love audiobooks! To listen to a sample of Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan on the Macmillan website, just click here!