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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. ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mimi by: Crystal Allen
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sabrina Ye
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.25 stars.Well,at least this one is kind of entertaining compared to the first book 😂
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
Amber (Books of Amber)
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: otp-alert, own-read
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
Tara Hall
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 21, 2011 marked it as to-read
Seriously, that's the cover that's supposed to go after Glow? Disappointed. ...more
(Disclaimer: I'm writing this review before I've even written one for Glow. I make a lot of sense.)

Are you ready for a book that's lighthearted, feel-good to the brim, cup runneth over with kittens, puppies and stickers that say meow and paw princess, and ends on a happy note?

Well find another book, bitches, because this isn't it.

In Spark, you get none of those things, instead, you get a down payment for the carnage and chaos that will be sure to envelop Flame, the next (and possibly last and mo
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy
Actual rating - 4.5
Really really enjoyed this! Withholding my half a star just because full 5 stars are for books of HP and HG proportion. But this is a very well-done series IMO, and it really makes you think. Recommend to sci-fi peeps that enjoy very character-driven space stories.
Sep 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Review to come
Shelleen Toland
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this on audiobook. There is a lot of emotions. Friendships lost and made. Lives lost. Trust issues between friends and between enemies. I can not wait to start the next book.
Jennifer Rinehart
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya

Originally reviewed at
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
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
(4.5 stars)
[Gotta throw in some Bolin love ;)]

Bolin pretty much sums this one up for me. I loved this book, it was REALLY good. I'm just a bit confused because if I recall correctly... I absolutely hated the first book.

Possible reasons why this might have changed:

1. Either the author completely changed her writing style, character development, plot structure, etc (which I highly doubt)

2. Or I was having a severely bad day the day I finished Glow (which if I remember correctly I did in fact brea
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had to go back and look at my review of Glow because I remember being completely sucked into it, but I had it in my head as being a very weird read. Once I read the review it seemed very much like the review I'll have for this one, only I think I was even more sucked into this second book than I was the first.

I have all sorts of mixed feelings about the characters, but that's actually a reason why I like it so much. These kids are thrown in this horrific situation and they go a little crazy.
Roberto Mattos
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Shirlyn Chin
Dec 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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)
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-releases
I'm admit, I was nearly fulled sold by the first book in this series: Glow. By the time I read it, I was sick of everything trying to say that it's the next Hunger Games. I was ready to move on to something new and original, and I just didn't get that with Glow. Rather than being a dystopian novel, Glow was more of a traditional science fiction story aimed at teens -and it just fell flat to me. So, why did I even pick up Spark in the first place? In part because I had the opportunity to review i ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Wendy Hines
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
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
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Amy Kathleen Ryan earned her MA from the University of Vermont, and her MFA from The New School in New York City.

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