Sparks Rise (The Darkest Minds #2.5) By Alexandra Bracken

January 7, 2015
Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken
Sparks Rise (The Darkest Minds #2.5)


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.


I really enjoy Ms. Bracken's writing, I relish in the emotions she can bring through her writing. But Lucas and Sam's story didn't connect with me in the same way as Gabe's from her previous novella In Time Sometimes things seemed overly rushed and felt like the author wasn't creating in a way that she felt comfortable with. Sam and Lucas are in a dire situation with little left to hope for, they find a bit of refuge in each-other. It's sweet, it's engaging but the characters just weren't quite there. Lucas background as a Red in training wasn't fleshed out enough for me to contrast with all the feelings he's fighting to keep inside. Overall I enjoyed the narrative and more insight into the Rehabilitation camps. It just could have been more, at the end I felt emotional, rather than a emotion. I am interested in whether they will tie in with the final installment of the series In The Afterlight.

My Reviews for Other Books in Series:
Never Fade (The Darkest Mind #2)
In the Afterlight (The Darkest Mind #3) 
Never Fade (The Darkest Mind #2)


Kindlemom said...

It is so hard to fall in love with a novel when you can't connect with the characters at all.

Thanks for the honest review!!

Belinda said...

I haven't read either book but I think you wrote a great review. Thanks for taking the time.

InToriLex said...

Thanks soo much, thanks for the comment!!

InToriLex said...

Yeah, you try to hang in there, but its hard!!

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