Monday, July 2, 2012

ARC SPOT: Spark (Sky Chasers 2)


Kathleen Ryan
Sky Chasers Book 2
releases 7.17.2012
St Martin's

ISBN  9780312621      

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Blurb from the Publisher:

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. Is this really her fiancé? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her? 
In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end...

Our Thoughts on Spark:

  Spark returns us to the spaceship Empyrean right where Glow finished off, a crew full of kids is piloting a ship chasing after their parents who are imprisoned on another spaceship, the New Horizon. In a race to save their parents but also to finalize their own animosity towards their previous captors,  the Empyrean is increasing its ship's speed at the cost to the health and well being of the young crew. Waverly, a girl who was kidnapped and then fled New Horizon finds her return to the Empyrean full of strife and a whole host of complicated feeling from the crew. Kieran, Waverly's previous boyfriend, is acting as Captain of the Empyrean and leads inspirational talks to the crew but finds his attendance to his new sermons and leadership lacking fervor. With Kieran’s crew's moral weakening, this soon turns Spark into the story of a race towards power among the occupants in the ship just as they are being attacked from within the Empyrean by an unknown person or group.
     With Waverly lost in her own thoughts and Kieran turning power mad when sabotage and strange occurrences begin happening on the ship, death and danger fast approaches. Being young and in charge of hundreds of kids can make a monster out of anyone when pressure mounts and kids are dying, but true power has to be earned and can have drastic consequences. As Kieran is hiding transmissions from the Empyrean with his contact with the other ship New Horizon tension mounts and there may be a mutiny happening.
    Spark is a breathtaking interstellar journey about the harrowing times of being young on a spaceship racing against all odds to get to a new habitable planet and saving parents from a rival ship. Layered in a history of suffering and deceit, these two ships are vying for their own agenda through the space sea of time, and time is running out through their own attacks. The series is led mainly through the eyes of two teens, Waverly and Kieran and through their eyes we bear witness through a whole host of trials and tribulations of being young and in charger through death and devastation. 

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