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Spark Rising

Spark Rising Published by Kate Corcino on December 15th 2014
Pages: 402

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.



When I started reading this book, I had been wanting to read another dystopian, which happens to be one of my favorite genres to indulge in. And did I ever indulge in this book. I breathed it in. It was delicious.

The world building is beyond words, I could picture everything as I went along. I loved the concept of dust and sparks, something different from everything else I have read as of late.

Lena is one of the strongest female characters I have come across, truly living for herself. Strong, powerful and not a woman to take shit of any kind, from anyone. She had only herself, to keep her going, when it came to making sure she was safe, and not found.

Alex is also quite the strong, powerful character as well. His electric connection with Lena was amazing, and I have to say, I really want to see more of their relationship in the future. Which is odd for me, I am not the type to want more romance in a book.

I haven’t hated a character so much when it comes to reading a book, and man, did Kate ever do an amazing job at making me hate a villain character. I hated and STILL have a strong hate for Lucas. He gave me such a sour taste in my mouth, he’s awful. I can’t wait to see who else she develops character wise in the series, all of the ones we have seen now are just so well done. They were fantastic.

I can’t wait to read the books as they come out, and I can’t wait to be sucked in even more. If you enjoyed Kates book, or want to know more, down below are her social media links! Pop over and say hey!

KateAbout the Author:

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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  • Tammy Cordery

    Sounds like a great book. would love to win it.

    February 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm Reply
  • Giselle

    Woot I’m also a huge fan of the dystopian but I’m finding it harder and harder to get some unique stories. This one sounds really interesting and well written! Great world building is def a must! And it sounds like the character building didn’t get ignored either! I LOVE a well crafted villain that is fun to hate!! Great review, Sarah!

    February 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Ashley K

    I just lurv Kate Corcino and really enjoyed your review!!

    February 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm Reply

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