Title: Spark (Sky Chasers #2)
Pub: July 2012
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopia
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5) – Really liked it
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 book in Amy Kathleen Ryan’s Sky Chasers’ trilogy, is action-packed and again filled with unsurmountable questions regarding humanity, leadership, and doing what is right when everything just seems too wrong.
The events from the previous book had left the characters in a dangerous and precarious situation. The whole world is literally against Waverly, and I don’t know how she survives. Kieran is continuously increasing the speed of the Empyrean, causing the remaining members on the ship to have serious side-effects.
The power struggle between the three characters – Waverly, Kieran, and Seth – feels so real and the tension rises off the page. I really liked that Ryan gave each character a good amount of page time, allowing the readers to look into their thoughts and actions (and get frustrated along the way).
Lots of stuff is happening and as a result the characters are forced to react and develop in their own way as well. There are so many different challenges coming their way that it makes you wonder, which road they’ll take and whether it’s the best decision.
That is something that I love so much about this series. It’s a large group of people traveling through space and they not only have to determine what’s right for the moment, but they’re essentially making history and fostering the environment that will come to be on New Earth (their space destination).
I can’t wait to read the next installment.