Book two in the Spark series sees Evie return with hot Jamie and best friend Kitty, only now Evie’s twin brother Aiden is in trouble. He’s been identified as a Stray, and no one will listen to Evie when she pleads her case that he’s been ‘deactivated’: she gave him her blood when he was terribly injured, and it reacted with his in such a way that it changed him, dramatically.
Evie is taken by Affinity, the Project in charge of trying to clean up the mess the genetic experiment left behind all those years ago, and a new and quite horrific character enters the story. The Proxy is a kind of activator of telepathic abilities, and can enhance the abilities of others as well as being a powerful, even devastating interrogation tool herself. A ghostly pale girl with bleached skin and silver irises, she spends most of her life in a tank where she is milked of her insights, powers and melanin. She is both pitiful – what a disgusting life she has been forced to lead from childhood – but also frightening, because of her malevolence and power.
Kitty is a great character, no soft victim type but a warm, witty and brave friend with her head screwed on (and a far greater capacity for faith, trust and loyalty than Jamie, it seems – I preferred her to him, by the end!!) Kitty is my favourite person in the series, and I loved the way she was able not only to forgive Aiden but also respond to him as a person.
The ending of this book wasn’t one I was hoping for (no spoilers), and there are still a lot of issues unresolved – major family upheavals not worked through or properly acknowledged, people in comas etc. So… roll on book three!
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