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Spark (Sky Chasers #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,341 Ratings  ·  441 Reviews
Aus der Reise des Raumschiffs Empyrean zu einem weit entfernten Planeten ist ein Kampf um Leben und Tod geworden: Kieran ringt mit der Verantwortung, die als neuer Kommandant auf seinen Schultern lastet; Waverley muss alles daransetzen, ihre entführten Eltern zu befreien; und Seth, der in einer Arrestzelle eingesperrt ist, ahnt als Einziger, dass es einen blinden Passagier ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published 2012 by Pan Macmillan
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars
Unsettling, grim, nerve-wracking, action-packed, frightening, riveting, enthralling, intelligent, fast-paced, claustrophobic, eerie, appalling, passionate… Any one of these words can be used to describe Spark, and yet, not even all of them put together come close to explaining the all-consuming thrill ride that is this book. Amy Kathleen Ryan achieved something not many authors can: Spark is one of those highly adaptable books that can be read one way by a younger audience, and complete
Mimi Valentine
Rating: 4.5 otherworldly stars out of 5!

After not really loving Glow earlier this year, I went into the sequel with zero expectations. I started it thinking I'd be able to fit in a few chapters here and there, that I could put it down if I wanted to. But I was completely wrong!

Spark was amazing from beginning to heart-stopping end! It picks up right where Glow left off, with all of the kids stuck on the spaceship alone, trying to reunite with their parents who were captive on another ship.Ther
Rating: 4.5 Stars

After Glow ripped my heart out, leaving me an emotional wreck, you’d think I’d have been a little more hesitant to crack open the spine of Spark. Not at all. I dove into this novel the first chance I had and refused to emerge until it was over, its last page taunting me with its promise of the “thrilling conclusion” to come Summer 2013. (Needless to say, that last page is a liar as Flame releases January 7th, 2014. I still cannot believe it had the audacity to throw into my face
Rashika (is tired)
Under normal circumstances i would have loved Seth but somehow the fact that everyone thinks that Kieran is a dictator changed my view. I am totally for justice and because of what Waverly thought about Kieran based on what Seth said pissed me off and also the fact that she thought that he was acting like Anne.

What annoys me the most is Waverly didnt trust Kieran. She decides that Seth is not evil but she doesn't realize that the reason Kieran turned into what he is, is because of Seth. How wou
Crystal Allen
Jul 13, 2012 Crystal Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenreads
I can not tell you how EXCITED I was to read Spark. My good buddy Rob and Macmillan can attest, I was emailing him weekly to see if the epub version was ready yet. I was so happy that the day I received it was the same day I was finishing another book (I'm not sure if I could have waited.)

I loved Spark, not quite as much as I loved Glow (I was unable to put Glow down) but it was still really good.

It seemed to me to be a bit of a transition novel. I can't wait to see what happens in book 3.

If y
Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan is the second book in the Sky Chasers series. I reviewed book one, Glow, last week and really enjoyed it so I was keen to read the sequel and find out what happened next.

Spark picks up a month after the events of Glow. Seth Ardvale is in the brig on Kieran Alden’s orders as punishment for trying to kill him. Waverly Marshall hasn’t visited Seth since she arrived back on board but Kieran is still suspicious of her and orders another crew member to follow her and report
Wow. And I thought Glow was good!

Spark is on a whole new level of awesome!

From the get-go, you are thrown right back into the action. You can tell Ryan is the kind of author who plans everything out before she writes her books, because everything about Spark is tightly-crafted and addicting. Spark was one of those books where I said "Just one more chapter!" and stayed up until one o'clock in the morning to finish. It was seriously that addicting!

You haven't experienced intensity until you've rea
Aug 01, 2012 Braiden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

I left Glow completely stunned and confused – there I was for the entire book despising Seth, then the entire ship gets flipped on its head and I’m unaware of who I should have been hating all along. Authors who are able to transform your perception of a character within a few sentences are rare; Amy Kathleen Ryan is one of those. This continued on into the sequel, Spark. For a good portion of the book I despised Kieran more and more as the pages flicked by and liked Seth in Spark mor
You know, I'm not trying to get too deep or too emo-brooder here, but if you think about it, everybody kinda sucks in a way or another. I say this not because I'm trying to start some Freudian discussion on the depths of the human psyche, but because for once it actually pertains to what I'm about to say next (everybody quiet, lest I lose my train of thought and this all becomes useless):

All the characters in Spark can be some serious douchebags when they want to. Seriously. They'll torture, thr
Tara Hall
More than a worthy sequel to Glow, it surpasses the first book in the series in plot, character realism and development , and in theme. The action is surprising and suspenseful, the romance is downplayed and believable, and the story is like a roller coaster ride.

The themes remain the same but more deeply explored, especially in the dynamics between Kieran and Seth. They steal the show in this book, especially Seth as we finally get to spend some real time in his head. He's a compelling narrato
Amber (Books of Amber)
I read Glow when I received it for review last year, and I adored it. I remember being slightly put off at the beginning because the characters lived in such a strange society, where teenagers could get married and everyone accepted and even pushed it. Because babies are important on a spaceship, y'all.

Anyway, this review will contain spoilers for Glow, because Spark is a sequel and I can't contain myself. In any case, go and read Glow if you think it sounds like your sort of thing. Like I said
Taschima Cullen
Seriously, that's the cover that's supposed to go after Glow? Disappointed.
Mar 17, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Having read Glow straight before this, I had high expectations, and these were mostly met.

The change of character for both the MC's was dramatic, yet it worked due to the nature of their situation, and I think that Kieran would've become even more of a psychopath without the Central Council to guide him, even if they didn't do it well.

Waverly became more independent, which I liked. She took matters into her own hands, especially when Kieran was being an idiot, and personally, I like strong fe
Apr 30, 2016 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ya-sci-fi, 2016
The girls are back on the Empyrean. Their parents still being held captive on their sister ship, the New Horizon. Waverly Marshall is living day by day, trying to come to terms with her own failure, the stares of derision from the other girls and boys, and worse Kieran’s leadership methods remind her too much of Ann Mathers. The members on the Empyrean are rocked to their core when an unexplained explosion knocks them off course, bringing them closer to their breaking point.

Spark, the second boo
Kim Ammons (youthbookreview)
***Review of the entire trilogy***

4.5 out of 5 stars (for each one)

I read the first book of this trilogy, Glow, last year, and it was a book that grew on me more and more as I looked back on it. I reread it recently so I could finish the trilogy, and I wasn’t disappointed.

So we have two massive ships on their way to New Earth: the Empyrean (where the main characters live) and the New Horizon. The New Horizon should be way ahead of the Empyrean (they left a year earlier), but everyone’s talking a
Roberto Mattos
Jun 29, 2012 Roberto Mattos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of a trilogy called Sky Chasers. First book (Glow) was very entertaining, and this second book is even better. But this second book cannot hold by itself. You need to read the first book to know what happened in order to understand the situation as it is presented.
This is a very well written book, telling us the continuation of the story of an expedition headed to the new earth in a far away galaxy. Two spaceships (New Horizon and Empyrean) are traveling to this new world
Wendy Hines
May 02, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the end of the first book, Glow, Waverly had returned to her spaceship, the Empyrean with the girls, but was unable to rescue their parents from the New Horizon ship. Now, Waverly spends her time repairing farm machinery and not talking to anyone. She feels bad enough about not succeeding in rescuing their parents, but the kids blame her too.

Kieran has taken command of the ship as Captain and seems to be doing an okay job, but he doesn't like to share in the power. It's his way or no way. He
Shirlyn Chin
Sep 16, 2015 Shirlyn Chin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
Before any one of you Sky Chasers die-hard fans say anything, let me say this first. I hate, hate, hate the first book but I am willing to give this book a second chance. I keep an open mind, I do, but the end result? Yes, it's obvious.

Firstly, let me express my feelings towards Waverly, a.k.a. the girl who in the first book has a wonderful and loyal boyfriend but keeps on panting over another boy and keeps on choosing the other guy instead of her own boyfriend. Shocker? Not so much. Since many
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A huge Thank You to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this ARC copy of Spark. I won an ARC copy of Glow from goodreads last year and I was so excited to start reading it the moment I received it. It is a different kind of story and from the very first page you can't put it down. It draws you in and causes you to think about things differently.

Spark starts off right where Glow ended with the kids stuck on the spaceship without their parents. They are trying to get to their parent
Oct 06, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5/5 stars.

Spark is book 2 in the Sky Chasers series. There will be spoilers from Glow (book 1).

I think if you enjoyed Glow then you will probably also enjoy Spark. Spark has three narrators: Waverly, Kieran and Seth. In Glow Kieran and Waverly were engaged. But by the beginning of Spark they are no longer on good terms. Kieran is acting like the Captain. Seth is being punished.

It's definitely an interesting YA love triangle. Because in Glow We had Kieran and Waverly as the "couple". And Seth d
By Amy Kathleen Ryan. Grade B+.
When I received the book in the mail, I was quite excited to read it. For the cover itself had held me hostage; I found it captivating and entirely brilliantly designed. But I wasn’t aware of the fact that it is the second book in the Sky Chasers series. So, obviously when I started the book it was as if I had skipped a good half of it and had a lot of trouble making sense of what was going on.

Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has
Kelly Hager
Jul 05, 2012 Kelly Hager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Glow and Spark was even better. It's told from the perspectives of Seth, Kieran and Waverly and it's interesting to see (a) how each character is getting increasingly paranoid about the motivations of the others and (b) how each is able to justify their own actions. I minored in sociology and this is an absolutely fascinating study in how things fall apart in society. Obviously everyone thinks they're right (because if you didn't, you'd obviously be acting differently) but rea ...more
D. B.
"Lord Of The Flies In Space" continues, now with more torture!

Less "90210" than Glow and with less time spent on the Empyrean's sister ship the New Horizon, less antagonizing from the cult of Anne Mather. The majority of the action here is concerned with internal strife between the born-again Keiran and ova-harvesting survivor Waverly, who have more important problems to worry about than their stupid rich-kid names.

Ryan's writing is sharp and sparse, rarely descending into the sentiment and pupp
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I really enjoyed Glow, the first book in this great sci fi series. It's hard for me to get my sci fi these days, so this series is one I'm really excited about. So I finally got my hands on Spark and was super happy to continue the story. I wasn't expecting some of what happened in this book, and once again, Ryan leaves us on a cliffhanger at the end. Normally cliffhangers really upset me. I don't like unresolved stories. Starting a story i
Jan 28, 2013 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so glad now that I stuck with this trilogy! After finishing Glow, I wasn't really sure in what direction the story line was heading. Ryan's writing is quite strong in the first novel, but I couldn't really see myself getting attached to any of the characters. I didn't like Kieran and Waverly, and I couldn't make myself dislike Seth. This second book finds Waverly, Kieran, and Seth in increasingly desperate situations as the young characters find themselves thrown into active roles in a war. ...more
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An unsolicited Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Waverly has gone off to the dark side. Quite literally she seems to lose her humanity in this book and I couldn’t help but cringe when she did those ghastly things. Maybe being on the ship with no adult supervision has finally made her go a little crazy.

Seth doesn’t seem as evil in this one than the last book. I quite liked reading his viewpoints. I actua
Jennifer Rinehart
This book made me mad.

If you read the first book, you already know the premise of this story and where it left off with Kieran, Seth and Waverly. You know why the New Horizon attacked, you know what they wanted with all the girls from the Empyrean (nope, not a girl band or fashion advice) and you know what lengths Waverly went to to escape and to rescue the adults who were kidnapped along with the all the other girls.

You also should know what happened on the Empyrean with the boys, while the gir
Oct 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
Probably 4.5 stars! I wasn't quite as intrigued as I was with the first book but I still thought it was an excellent sequel.

The moral conflict and deciding who you can trust continues in this installment. I excitedly started this book not knowing what to expect but was surprised by how I grew to like and root for characters I strongly disliked in the first book. It seemed a little awkward! I think it helped to read the story from 3 viewpoints. Characters often seemed misunderstood and all wante
Feb 18, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Let me begin by saying that I read GLOW, book 1 of this series, last summer and I enjoyed reading it very much. I was concerned that I wouldn't remember what happened in GLOW, but the book jacket in Spark gives a really good summary and when I began "Escape" (the first chapter in section one of the book), it was like I had just finished reading the first book. It put me right back where I was when I finished GLOW.

The female character Waverly was unable to (view spoiler)
Savannah (Books With Bite)
After reading the first book, I was intrigued. GLOW gave the reader a good insight on space travels along with action. Spark, amped it up A LOT! For me, the second installment of the series blew me away and I want MORE!

What I enjoyed most about this book is the plot. Once you start the book, your immediately back on the shuttle facing hard decisions. The kids are gutting restless. They want their parents. Kids are no longer kids, the are playing the parts of adults, doing their best not to overw
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