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Spark: 1 (Spark Trilogy) by [Craw, Rachael]
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Length: 319 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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Evie doesn’t have a choice. One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer. The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death. And then there’s Jamie. Irresistible. Off-limits.

Spark is the first novel in a gripping young adult fiction series by New Zealand author Rachael Craw. This science fiction thriller about genetically engineered individuals with superhuman abilities is perfect for fans of Vampire Academy, Matched and Divergent. Love, chaos, murder … it all begins with a spark. How will it end? Find out in Stray (Book 2) and Shield (Book 3). To read more visit www.rachaelcraw.com

Spark is perfect for 14-year-olds who liked Scott Westerfeld’s ‘Uglies’ series and Suzanne Collins’ ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. 5/5 stars.” – Books+Publishing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1274 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Walker; 1 edition (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LLRDW7O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,353 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This review is cross-posted at my blog: Read At Midnight on Wordpress. More details and infographic on the site.

I spent my formative years in New Zealand, I’m a self-identified Kiwi through and through. When I heard that Spark was written by a Kiwi, and that it’s a science fiction riddled with genetic hijinks, it was an insta-buy. Though I felt some parts of the book could use polishing, I love the creativity and uniqueness of the world building. I unreservedly recommend it to everyone after a fresh take on scifi!

THE PLOT:

“It’s called the Fixation Effect.” It’s what you experience when you think of Kitty, when you see her, what you feel, that sense of being drawn to her. For a Shield, it’s what compels us to protect our Spark. But for the Stray, you take everything you feel about Kitty and twist it so she no longer looks like the victim who needs your help but the virus destroying your sanity and threatening your life.”

In this world hides a secret organisation that specialises in eugenics, secretly modifying genetics for commercial and military purposes for decades. Evie is an unwitting Shield, DNA-bound to protect her best friend and Spark, Kitty. She has super enhanced strength, distress frequency detection, speed, recovery, the works… to help her accomplish this task. On the flipside of this is an unknown Striker, whose instinctively obliged to eliminate Kitty. Once Kitty is theoretically removed, this Striker will become a Stray – an aggressive being who preys on targets indiscriminately.

If you think that’s convoluted, you should have seen my face when I was reading the book. I went crazy highlighting pages on my Kindle just so I could report this back in a semi-coherent manner for y’all.
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By NicoleHasRead... TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 September 2016
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After her mother's death, Evie moved in with her aunt, who lives in the house where she spent her summer vacations as a child. When strange things start happening, like sudden growth spurts and unexpected strength, she can't understand what's happening to her. When she has a sudden and uncontrollable urge to protect Kitty from an unkown threat, it's revealed that she is actually a Shield, and Kitty is a Spark. An experiment generations before has led to a group of genetically modified superhumans, who become either Shields (protectors) or Strays (attackers) when they encounter the right person (Spark).

Evie now has the job of protecting Kitty from an unknown assailant, which would be difficult enough, but she's untrained, has no idea who she's looking out for, and has to go to a new high school where everyone's a potential suspect. As an added complication, she's had a crush on Kitty's twin brother, Jamie, forever and hasn't yet forgiven him for a humiliating incident a few years earlier. Now she has to spend much more time with him than she'd like, and he's setting off sparks of his own. Can Evie stop the killer before he gets to Kitty?

Spark is clever and thrilling and at one particular point left me gasping in shock. That doesn't happen very often, and I love it when it does.

Spark raises questions of genetic predetermination, free will, designer genes and all the ethical issues that go along with that.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to get my hands on Stray. Seriously, go read this book now!
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As a highly sleep deprived parent, finding time to actually read is a rare thing. I downloaded this and its sequel from the library last night at about 10pm, expecting to have 15 minutes and then crash out as usual. Instead, I read the whole thing in one hit and then started on the sequel, before my body gave up at about 1.30am. While the genetic part has yet to be fully fleshed out and is of a genre with many imitators, I cared about the choices the characters were being forced to make, because of the textures created by the writing style. I was very surprised on reaching the end to discover that not only was the author a Kiwi, it was also a first novel! "Spark" doesn't read like a first novel, and after some of the painful excuses for teen literature that I have encountered recently, it was a delight to find an author who treats teen readers like they actually have a vocabulary worth knowing.
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I was hooked from the very first page. It's fast-paced, action-packed, the stakes are high, it has twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. The characters are fantastic and the romance is some of the sweetest I've read. I highly recommend this book to adults, young and old. LOVED IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read - even for us "grown-ups"! 24 November 2014
By Jo Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved SPARK and can't wait for the next instalment.
It was a lovely - refreshing take on hero/villain scenario... and a beautiful escape from the mundane! Well done Rachael - you ROCK!
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Spin on Superheroes! 26 October 2014
By PaperFury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really loved this book and I have 2 very large opinions about it.

Opinion #1: It balanced delicately on the verge of superhero stereotypes...but....
Opinion #2: It had a GLORIOUS AND BRILLIANT plot twist that exploded my mind and made me tackle hug the entire 450-pages and promise to read all sequels forever and ever amen.

It's basically a superhero story. I love superheroes! I do! Spark followed this concept of 3 types of people with modified DNA: type #1 wanted to kill people, type #2 needed protecting from the killers, and type #3 were the protectors. Awesome, right? I loved that.

The characters were fabulous! It's narrated by Evie who has to protect her BFF, Kitty. Kitty has a twin brother called Jamie who is hot (of course). Evie and Jamie had a "thing" when they were younger, but it rekindles when the story takes off. I liked Evie and Jamie's relationship and the smushy scenes were balanced with the kick-your-butt-to-the-other-side-of-the-planet scenes. Although Kitty took a backseat the whole time. I'm sad. I like it when best-friends take the front row. And Evie sure fainted a lot. Regular wilting daisy.

My only frustration came at the huge emphasis on physical beauty.

When Evie gets her powers, she basically turns "beautiful" by shallow standards. She grows to supermodel height, grows massive boobs, and (with a few weeks training) turns athletically gorgeous. Um...okay then. This bothered me because it was really emphasised. All the people with powers were BEAUTIFUL. By these standards. I thought, in today's modern era, we'd be embracing different forms of beauty.

But let's not forget the explosion of AWESOME at the end. I did not see that plot twist coming and it built into something that clearly will be explored in the sequel. I'm excited! Bring it onnnnnn.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanting a New NZ Author to discover ? 26 September 2014
By Paula L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wanting to discover a new NZ teen author ? Often some New Zealand authors aren't very exciting to read and you find yourself struggling through their books whereas others are amazing and you find yourself surprisingly enjoying their book. That's what I found with Spark. I picked this book up as I was inspired first by the cover as I had just seen the movie Lucy and the cover reminded me of the final scene in the movie. Then when I saw it was written by a NZ author that got me wanting to read it just that little bit more. I am glad I did as Spark was an amazing read and not what I had expected. In Spark we meet Evie, who discovers that she is someone who has had this extra DNA sparked within her and is a protector. Her first project to save happens to be her best friend Kitty and though people say that you never save your first, there is no way in hell that Evie is going to let her best friend die especially after she has lost everyone she cares about. What is interesting is that unlike the others with this gene, Evie is already well-advanced for a beginner and will have to learn along the way how to control the urges to save and keep alive herself as there are others out there who want to kill the people with the gene like Evie and worst is that her friend's brother and the one Evie loves belongs to the organisation that want her dead. What happens though that during this , Evie will discover the truth of her birth and discover that there is a lot more of her past that has been hidden from her and that it may be the key to solving who wants to kill Kitty.
If you are intrigued and want to find out more , then check out Spark by Rachael Craw. A NZ Book I hope to see up for one of our kiwi awards in the year to come.
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-absorbing read! 27 November 2014
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Spark is a terrific debut novel by NZ author Rachael Craw, filled with beautiful descriptive language woven into an intriguing plot. I couldn't help losing myself in the world she created and watching the action happen as if it were real.

For young adult fiction fans (think Divergent or the Virals series), this is something new and different, and it is fascinating to learn about the altered DNA and the powers and responsibilities that come with it. Evie is a likeable character right from the start, and girls everywhere will drink in every mention of Jamie and wish he were real.

I recommend this as a great read or a perfect Christmas gift. Like me, you'll find it hard to wait for the sequel but thank goodness there are two in the works right now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Hunger Games? You will LOVE SPARK !!! 7 January 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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LOVED this book. I read Hunger Games a few years back and I reckon this fab new series is just as good... perhaps even better! Glad I stumbled across this series, although I am not sure why this is marketed at teens, as I am a 40+ and it totally read well for me. It was enjoyable unpredictable reading, a really good balance of action, emotions, unknowns and a unique story line that kept me turning the pages. So YES I am very keen to start reading the second book now... and why not when they are so flipping cheap to buy... best entertainMENT for a great value price. In short I totally recommend this no matter your age!!!!