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Spark Rising

( The Progenitor Saga #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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
Paperback, 402 pages
Published December 15th 2014 by Kate Corcino (first published December 13th 2014)
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Kate Corcino Spark Rising is part of a series, The Progenitor Saga. I currently envision it as five core books, although I do aim to put out short collections of…moreSpark Rising is part of a series, The Progenitor Saga. I currently envision it as five core books, although I do aim to put out short collections of related short stories between novels, featuring secondary characters from the novels. The first, Ignition Point, is already out.

However, while each novel may be part of an overarching sequence featuring the same characters and their growth and trials, each novel will have its own story arc and stand alone. I have no plans at this time for cliffhangers that will make you throw the book across the room and scream in frustration. *wink*(less)

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Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so delicious, I inhaled it. I've found with many books of this genre (don't get me wrong, this book can be put into so many categories), its confusing at best to try and puzzle out the dystopian background, and as such tends to be a tedious beginning.There was nothing even remotely tedious about this book. The premise of this book was clear within the first chapter or two, and from there was fleshed out into full background. The main character is someone I would love to meet.

It wa
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Spark Rising
This book grabbed me. It grabbed me in such a way that I blew off dinner (the family had pizza that night) just so I could finish it. The characters were well developed, especially the main two, the pacing was perfect, and even though it’s dystopian, it didn’t feel heavy.
I laughed and cried as I went on this journey with Lena and Reyes. Lena, a powerful female Spark that “doesn’t exist” faces off against Reyes, a Council Agent. Immediately you feel the tension between them and it con
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
This review was posted as a part of the Spark Rising Blog Tour: http://21stcenturyonceuponatime.blogs...
Paranormal Kiss
Spark Rising is the first novel in the Progenitor Saga by Kate Corcino. Spark Rising is a skillfully written tale set in the future on a post-apocalyptic earth. New advance humans were created called, “Sparks”. These people have varying degrees of power and are able to control and manipulate, “Dust”, basically microscopic machine like beings that can create and affect energy in many different ways. The strongest Spark boys are trained and put to work powering the cities, which are controlled by ...more
♥♡¢σσкιє♥♡ (Krystle)
You can read this review and more on my blog:
I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for and honest review. This in no way effects my opinion.

I’m not sure if I understand all the finer details of this book, but I will try to explain it.This was an original take on Dystopia.
As far as I can tell, there are these nanobots called dust who can do all sorts of miraculous things, and special people called sparks have the ability to control the dust.

Lena is a very po
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read. Spark Rising was full of adventure, love, family and female power. Although this is part of a series, this book was complete and did not leave me hanging. I loved Lena and her take-no-sh*t attitude. She is a woman who relies on herself and a bit of dust to get by.

This book was set in a post-apocalyptic future where some people, known as sparks, are born with ability to generate electrical charges. The sparks use Dust to generate electricity to power their world. These
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
DNF at 33%

Unfortunately while the writing is technically competent and the world-building is phenomenal, I've been attempting to read this quite intense and heavy tome for over a month now and I have absolutely no desire to finish. I find myself dreading going back to this book.

While the concept is quite intriguing, I have absolutely zero connection to any character which makes it a chore to continue as I absolutely do not care one way or another what happens next or what the final outcome will
Aria Michaels
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Spark Rising had been beckoning to me from my TBR for nearly the entire summer when I finally cracked the electronic spine on my kindle copy and started reading. I was immediately drawn into a world so complex, so well developed, that I lost track of the one I existed in. I found myself in the desert along side a stubborn and dangerous Spark; a girl hell-bent on survival. The arroyos surrounded me as I hid in the shadows and watched the enemy close in on her. I cheered for her as she defied that ...more
S.J. Abbo
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Excellent storytelling, engaging action, and well developed characters.
Alex and Lena have awesome chemistry from the beginning.
Lena is a strong female character bat double agent Alex Reyes is my favorite. ;) ;)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to following one.
The ending leaves you for wanting more (not really a cliffhanger ).
I would recommend Spark Rising to fans of post-apocalyptic, dystopian, romance novels.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is dystopia with a very urban fantasy feel: badass woman main character kicking ass and taking names, more action than style or substance, and a hefty dose of romance. I liked it, and I actually think I'll enjoy book two more than this one, based on the direction the plot seemed to be heading. It reminded me a little of The Darkest Minds, but for an older audience. This was fun, fast, furious fluff and I'm looking forward to more.

Thanks to NetGalley and Kate Corcino for providing a rev
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Honestly, this book made me so happy. It's a New Adult dystopian/sci-fi, which you don't get much of anyway, but then it goes and decimates some of those awful NA tropes that make me so hesitant about reading them.

Lena is a strong female character. And I kind of hate that phrase, because it's so overused and misused, but it's true. She is well-written, flawed yet likeable, and has a great character arc. She starts off
Laura Greenwood
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

Title: Spark Rising
Series: The Progenitor Saga (#1)
Author: Kate Corcino
From: Netgalley/Blog Tour
Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian
Challenges: Winter COYER, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Lena is an anomoly, a high powered female Spark, living away from the city that would have made her vanish at age 5. But now she's been found, by Agent Alex Reyes, except Alex isn't all that he appears, and doesn't have the Co
GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy


Dystopian’s are usually tough for me to get into or at least see the big picture settling that the author is trying to create. But Kate Corcino writes a dystopian that isn’t so doom and gloom dark, but more fantasy intriguing and makes your think more than anything. I loved the idea of the Dust being an advanced technology in this futuristic earth. It goes to show how much can change ove
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: na-pnr, new-adult
This review and others can be found on

Spark Rising by Kate Corcino is brilliant because it is so unique and fresh, I have honestly never read anything like it before! It has a post-apocalyptic / dystopian feel as it features an imperfect society that recently rebuild itself after a disaster that wiped out large numbers of the population. The “Sparks” then mix together both paranormal and sci-fi elements. Finally to top it off, there are very strong romanc
Eva Millien
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Raised in hiding, Lena Gracey is a Spark and she is determined to stay out of the Council’s hands but Alex Reyes has destroyed everything she’s built but despite this he wants her to trust him in sparking a revolution in this electrifying post-apocalyptic romance.

Alex and his friends are determined to bring down the council and their cruelty but they need Lena’s help to do so and the reader can’t help but get caught up in all the thrills and intrigue of this story as Lena and Alex both struggle
Clever Girl
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A unique dystopian world, a very powerful woman forced to confront her past and forge a new future, a revolution in the making, grief, passion, secrets and lies.

Lena has been on her own, hiding, surviving, haunted by her past. It isn't until the day her secrets are uncovered that she's forced to decide what to do with all the power she has. I liked Lena as a heroine, she's strong, imperfect, and confronted by grief, anger and betrayal she finds a way to use all of those things to her benefit. S
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow… is the next book finished yet? And when will the movies be coming out?

It’s not often that I comment on a book but Spark Rising deserves it. I read a book a week (usually more if I’m reading novellas). I have read many dystopian/post-apocalyptic books and quite frankly many of them have themes, characters, etc. that all seem very similar. That is NOT the case with this book.

It was longer than what I was expecting (which was GREAT – full length novel) – characters are well developed; story
Sofia The Great
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: latino, dystopian, 2015
4 Platypires for Spark Rising by Kate Corcino.

I received a copy of the ebook for an honest review. I need to start off by saying that the cover is amazing. I was immediately intrigued by it and wanted to know more. The story is about Lena, a Spark raised in hiding from the general public because she is female. The story is set in the future where fossil fuels have ran out and the remaining society is powered by people who "Spark." I found the story to very unique which was quite refreshing to r
Laurie Green
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Science Fiction Romance/post-apocalypse
Five big stars!

Spark Rising is one of the most exciting and imaginative Science Fiction Romance novels I've read it quite some time! I loved getting immersed in this stark, post-apocalyptic world where the heroine, Lena, is a rare and dangerous renegade because of her power to control "Dust." Just what Dust is and what she can do with it is key to discovering this complex future society.

But it's not all about Lena. The hero, Alex, is fascinating as a complex and a powerful presence, the perfec
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I made my request on netgalley for this book I have to say I don't really know why, in the end the book is quite nice and I liked my reading.

The first thing I noticed is the universe, which is rich, it is clearly a futuristic world, I do not want to give too much information, but some humans have the ability to act with the Dust and to create a kind of energy, a current. Lena is one of those people, and when an agent named Alex manage to find her, her quiet life will become more complicated
Fungi From Yuggoth

An empowered, independent, talented female and a sexy, intelligent double agent make sparks fly--of all kinds. Two centuries into the future, far from the fossil fuel cataclysm that destroyed electricity and nearly mankind, only highly-trained males with native talent, can manipulate "the Dust" (origin and composition unknown) to make electronic devices perform. Only males possess the innate talent, according to the governing Council of Nine. But renegade "deserter" Lena, whos
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I have never written a review before, but felt the need as this is a brand new author and the book was truly amazing. It sucked me in right away and I had a hard time putting it down! I am beyond anxious for the next book in the series, and honestly plan on re-reading Spark Rising again sooner rather than later! The pace was spot on and the characters were so well written, the main character Lena is awesome. A perfect mix of independence, kick butt, emotional, sexy, and caring ...more
Pippa Jay
An epic post-apocalyptic romance adventure that leaves all others in the dust, and doesn't let up on the tension from start to finish. Fantastic world building, a complex, multi-layered plot, and characters your hearts will bleed for. Can't wait for the next book!

Disclaimer - I was given an ARC by the author for my honest and unbiased review.
Sydnie Beaupré
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book. I received an ARC for an honest review, and while I never give too much away in my reviews, I need to tell you this; this book isn't like anything I have read in a while, and you absolutely need to check it out. It took me a while to get this review up but I finished it in December, and I've actually re-read it a couple of times since then. Kate, you did a great job.
Alexandra G.
Nov 05, 2017 marked it as could-not-finish
Shelves: not-for-me
Couldn't connect with the main character.
And we are presented with a new world, new magic, new everything but we barely get any explanations. We get some answers after 43% but by then it's too little, too late for me.

Blood Rose Books
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
In her debut novel Corcino takes the reader to the future, where all that is required to start a revolution is a single Spark:

There are no more fossil fuels left on Earth, but the human race is nothing but adaptable and with the creation of the humans known as Sparks, they are still able to charge items. Sparks are a slave to the energy that runs through them, known as Dust. It allows them to do amazing things, but they always have a need to release this energy. There are nine cities that offe
Tina Lynne
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was in a rut with books and couldn’t seem to really get into my current reading list and I needed something fresh from all the contemporary books I have found myself immersed in. I loved them all but I needed something different. When it was time for me to read Spark Rising for the blog tour, the damn broke and it was refreshing and enthralling. I could not get enough. This book captivated me and I love it! Spark Rising is a story set in the future, where chaos and technology has destroyed the ...more
Independent Reviewer fro Archaeolibrarian-I Dig Good Books.

Lena is a Spark. A powerful FEMALE Spark who has been on the run since she was 15. Alex is also Spark, and an Agent of The Council. The Council that wants to get their hands on Lena, for she is far more inportant than she realises. But Alex is not just Agent. He is part of a hidden organization that plan to overthrow the Council. Lena just needs to be shown all that they do, to fully understand her power, how she and all the other Sparks
Crystin Goodwin
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino
Genre: Dystopian Romance

Sometimes, a single spark is enough to ignite a revolution.

Lena Gracey is a young woman with a secret. She avoids the relo-cities that are all that is left of society after the cataclysm that destroyed fossil fuels two hundred years ago. Fiercely independent, all Lena wants is peace and a space to call her own.

Unfortunately, her very existence makes it impossible.

First of all, let me say that I have been sitting and mulling over this r
Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I Thought

I am, and will always remain a huge fan of dystopian reads. I like the way they portray the future, so desolate, yet something in our world has the ability to stand up and fight. In this excellent, YA, read we find ourselves in a barren future, where the world has run out of fossil fuels. The people depend on a new breed, called Sparks, who use their powers to control the energy-giving dust. However, just as we could expect, the people who have these powers aren't treated well, the
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Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it...a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the "click-whooooosh" of a new story settling into her brain.

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