The Progenitor Saga #1
Published December 15th 2014
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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.
CONTENT WARNING: This book contains occasional violence and profanity, and includes depictions of a determined double agent doing his job and an empowered young woman making coming-of-age decisions. These include sexual interactions. Spark Rising is not intended for readers under the age of 16.
About 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.
I'm really on the fence about whether or not I really liked Rising Spark. On the one hand, I quite liked it because it has the same catalyst for the state of the world as the TV show Revolution, and I loved that show (stupid network cancelled it, though... sad times) - microscopic things killed electricity? Haha, lets see the world burn itself down because we lost a luxury! Then on the other, it annoyed me because of the similarities in the catalyst. Do you see my predicament? On later reflection, I think what actually annoyed me, though, was the fact that the plot for Rising Spark is different from the TV show, and I really miss that world. I have to say that Corcino's world is way cool though, I mean, her's has mutated humans that can control things with their minds!
FUN FACT: The draft of Rising Spark was written before Revolution aired. Just thought I'd point that out to all you haters out there.
I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Lena and Alex individually, but as a couple... well lets just say, sparks flew ;) *haha punny!* Lena is such a strong and independent female character that she is always P-Oing someone. Then there is Alex, Mr. Lone-Wolf and is of the opinion that he is always right. I mean, he generally is, but no need to flaunt it - that's just poor form. So with personalities like that, you can imagine what they're like as a couple - it makes for some interesting reading.
I think what it really comes down to is I read it in one sitting. Now if I didn't enjoy it, then I wouldn't have been able to do that. There's explosions, fight scenes, and politics. Some heartfelt Hallmark moments, and some steamy ones. Basically, there's a little bit of something for everyone and you get to on the Feels Rollercoaster while reading Rising Spark - isn't that fun?
3 out of 5
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