Thursday, 19 February 2015

Tour: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino

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 Council's best interests at heart. His plan involves Lena's potential and her unique set of skills...

I want more! I expected to enjoy Spark Rising but from the very first page I was hooked (a one sitting book for sure). The characters, the setting and the way that the world worked were all well done and I really felt that I was living the life alongside the characters...as scary as that was.

In an interesting depature from most dystopias, Spark Rising definitely isn't Young Adult. I don't mean that there's loads of sex scenes or anything like that, because there aren't, but there are a couple and there are some other issues that come up in the book, including a very heartbreaking scene where young girls reveal things (not in detail or anything) that make it a more mature book. Add to that that the characaters are all a bit older, which I liked for sure, and its a more adult audience book.

I loved the tension between Alex and Lena. It was there from the moment that they met, but then grew slowly to become something more than physical. I liked the fact that the relationship between them wasn't actually rushed, and that Lena's affections lay elsewhere at some points, but I'll admit I was definitely on the Lena and Alex together side of the fence! (I can't help it, I always end up choosing sides!) Add to that the electricity between them...both the metaphorical type and physical type, and I think that it just worked.

I loved the intricacies and details about the electricity harnessing and sparks that was included in the story. It was something that more was revealed about as the book went on, both as Lena began to trust the people around her, and as she learnt new things. I liked the way that it was all tied up with the end of the world as well, and it makes sense hat this leans towards a more sci-fiy genre than a paranormal one.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this was about more than a romance. A lot of dystopian genre books these days seem to focus on the romance more than anything else, whereas Spark Rising seemed to be about so much more than that. There was both the plan itself and side characters developed well and it made this a very enjoyable read.

I'd definitely recommend Spark Rising, I was addicted to it from the very first page!



Book & Author details:

Spark Rising by Kate Corcino
Publication date: December 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction

Synopsis:
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.


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AUTHOR BIO:
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.

She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!

She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.

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