I received this book for free from . This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Spark Rising on December 13, 2014
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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.
Spark Rising by Kate Corcino is the first book in the Progenitor Saga and wow. You need to read this book. If you love dystopian societies, fantasy, science fiction, romance, or all of the above: You need to read this book. I’m a cover snob (I know, I know) and this cover is so great. It’s what drew me into the book at first, but Corcino’s world-building and character creation kept me there. Lena is an amazing character. I loved her spunk, her intelligence, her sassiness and her power. She’s that fierce gal pal we all want to have.
When I first started reading this, I was reminded of many popular dystopian stories. There were elements of The Hunger Games and Divergent. I think the biggest similarity was the strong female character, who maybe doesn’t want to, but ends up having to be the face of a new world. The powers and the state of the society in Lena’s world was unique and very interesting. I loved the development of the different elements of magic/power within this story.
I was totally captivated by Spark Rising by Kate Corcino. The danger, fantasy and action are well-done and never let up. I cannot wait to read more in the Progenitor Saga!
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