Author(s): Rachael Craw
''You think God has a loophole for people who don't have a choice?'' Jamie shrugs. ''Hope so, otherwise we're screwed.'' Evie doesn't have a choice. One day she's an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she's a Shield, the result of a decades - old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer. The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death. And then there's Jamie. Irresistible. Off - limits.
Evie lived a normal life. School, friends, dealing with the loss of her mother. Nothing ever suggested that she was going to be anything other than ordinary. But Evie is a Shield, a person who, due to their unique DNA, is faster, stronger, smarter than ordinary human beings. They are better than everyone else in every way, due to an experiment gone wrong which altered their genetic makeup. Evie is confused and scared by all the changes going on in her body but she has to put all her thoughts and worries aside when her best friend Kitty is threated. Evie is bound to her by her own DNA and will do anything to protect Kitty, even give her own life. On top of trying to save her best friend from an unknown killer, cope with all the changes going on in her own body, she is starting to fall for kitty's brother Jamie, who is completely out of bounds. I really enjoyed this book, the fact that your DNA is changed to be better than everyone else was what kept me hooked. Imagine the government has taken your DNA and tampered with it even before you were even born? That’s insane. Who would do something like that? But then that brings on the question: Genetic Engineering, good or bad? This book is essentially that. What if one day you woke up thinking that you were ordinary and it turned out that your body had been engineered to do extra-ordinary things and you didn’t even know it. It made me think, Are we just a small step away from genetically engineering animals to humans? All humans have mutations, good or bad, and this thing that was happening to Evie was a mutation but only she could say whether it was good or bad. Evie was a heroine, a true one. She had all this crazy stuff happening to her but she powered through it and was able to do what was right, even when it was hard. Everything that she had ever known was crumbling around her yet she still carried on. I give this book a solid ten and highly recommend that you read it. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. - Sara (16)
Spark will stun you. This is the first in a trilogy and it's good! Evie is grieving for her mother in what seems like an ordinary world when she finds herself suddenly in a world that doesn't make sense to her, a world that is an experiment, a world where she is a 'shield’; a world that places her in danger, a danger that could mean death. - Stella
Rachael Craw studied Classical Studies and Drama at the University of Canterbury, but became an English teacher after graduation. Working with teenagers has given her a natural bent towards Young Adult fiction and a desire to present a feisty female protagonist in her writing. Her debut novel, Spark, is the first in a series released with Walker Books Australia from 2014. Rachael was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, and currently lives in Nelson with her husband and three daughters. Visit her online at www.rachaelcraw.com