I just finished reading Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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...
I remember the first book in this series, Glow, reading like it would be a perfect movie. And I felt the same way about Spark. I could so easily see it being transferred to the big screen.
Once again, there was some religious stuff in this book. And it was like Kieran was leading a cult. But I think that was to show that he was slowly sort of becoming like Anne Mather, the leader on the New Horizon ship. And while I think I liked Kieran at least a little bit in the first book, I could not stand him in this book. Such a jerk and so cocky.
Now Seth on the other hand. I saw him become more real and I felt more sympathetic to him in this book than I did in the first one. And I wavered on Waverly (no pun intended). Some times I liked her and some times I felt she had become too hard and cold. I came to like some of the other kids as well. Arthur and Tobin among others. They had to grow up too quickly and even though they were sided with Kieran, they still seemed to have a heart and want to do what was best.
I think there definitely has to be another book in this series. There are too many questions left hanging (what happens to Seth? what happens to Waverly and the other kids?) I'll definitely be picking up the next book, if there is one.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Spark will be released on July 17, 2012.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2012 Reading Challenge 150+: 49
2012 ARC Reading Challenge: 42
2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 46
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for
an honest review as part of the Around the World