Title: Spark Rising (The Progenitor Saga, #1)
Author: Kate Corcino
Release date: 13th December 2014
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley*
In a future where there are Sparks, people that have the ability to create/control electricity thanks to Dust, Lena Gracey is hiding from the Council of Nine who would kill her because of her strong power.
Agent Alex Reyes wants to convince Lena to return to the city, not to hand her over to the Council but to help start a revolution.
I was intrigued after reading the blurb for Spark Rising and the gorgeous cover but unfortunately I just couldn't get into the storyline. Lena seemed like an alright protagonist - her power was interesting - but I didn't connect with her (or Alex Reyes). The writing style didn't hold my attention and I wasn't a fan of the instant connection between Lena and Alex.
Overall Spark Rising has an intriguing premise but unfortunately wasn't for me.