Sparks Rise (The Darkest Minds #2.5)
by Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Publication Date: 2 September 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood. Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.
Finally, FINALLY, I picked this up. This is long overdue, to be honest, but whatever. Let’s just get on with the review.
First off, this book is short. But, Alexandra Bracken is a freaking brilliant writer, and within this short novella she writes a heartbreaking story that actually made me cry a bit. Well done, Alexandra Bracken.
This novella is told in dual-POV. The first POV is Sam, who was a minor character in The Darkest Minds. It’s been a while since I read TDM, so it took me a bit to figure that out. The other POV is Lucas, who is a brand new character (at least, I’m pretty sure). I absolutely loved both of these characters. Both perspectives were very enjoyable to read from, and Alexandra Bracken does an amazing job at alternating points of view.
I can’t really say much else without spoiling it, but just know that this book is both heartbreaking and wonderful. Alexandra Bracken’s writing style is amazing, and all of her books, including this one, draw you in and make it very hard to put down. If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely recommend it. It’s one of my all-time favorites.
That’s my review for Sparks Rise! I can’t believe I waited so long to pick this up. Now I’m really sad because there’s no more new TDM material for me to read. If you’ve read this series, let me know what you think about it and we can discuss. Like I said, this is one of my favorite series ever.