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Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan
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Aug 08, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, sci-fi
Read from August 02 to 07, 2012

This wins major points for addressing all the issues I had with Glow. This is really one of those series where it would be best to sit down and read them all in a row (if they were all out yet). Glow left me frustrated with a few things - I didn't click with either of the main characters, and there was a boatload of ambiguity about how people were acting and why. Was I supposed to be siding with Waverly or Kieran? And what about Seth?

While I still didn't completely click with any of the main characters in Spark, I certainly found myself less frustrated. More of the characters' personalities were falling into place, and we got more of Seth's perspective to help explain his behavior. Of course, the plot also continues to thicken, which again gave the book a brisk pace and plenty of action. I also became more accepting of the ambiguity - maybe I was just in the right mood for it this time - and I really appreciated the way Ryan doesn't let the characters be 'good' or 'bad' - they're all somewhere inbetween, and increasingly aware of their own flaws. Nicely done, very nicely done.

I'd recommend this series to teens (and some middle-schoolers) who are interested in space travel, or who like morally complex stories that also have plenty of action.
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08/02/2012 page 17
6.0% "It's already addressing some of the issues I had with Glow. Awesome!"
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