Book Review: Spark

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Title:  Spark

Author:  Rachael Craw

Series? Yes, 1 of 3.

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars


I spent my formative years in New Zealand, I’m a self-identified Kiwi through and through.  When I heard that Spark was written by a Kiwi, and that it’s a science fiction riddled with genetic hijinks, it was an insta-buy. Though I felt some parts of the book could use polishing, I love the creativity and uniqueness of the world building. I unreservedly recommend it to everyone after a fresh take on scifi!

Firstly, an infographic, as I think it’s the easiest way to summarise the complicated premise:

Credit:  The silhouettes used in the infographic above was provided by Freepik & Vectoropenstock.


“It’s called the Fixation Effect.” It’s what you experience when you think of Kitty, when you see her, what you feel, that sense of being drawn to her. For a Shield, it’s what compels us to protect our Spark. But for the Stray, you take everything you feel about Kitty and twist it so she no longer looks like the victim who needs your help but the virus destroying your sanity and threatening your life.”

In this world hides a secret organisation that specialises in eugenics, secretly modifying genetics for commercial and military purposes for decades.  Evie is an unwitting Shield, DNA-bound to protect her best friend and Spark, Kitty.  She has super enhanced strength, distress frequency detection, speed, recovery, the works… to help her accomplish this task.  On the flipside of this is an unknown Striker, whose instinctively obliged to eliminate Kitty.  Once Kitty is theoretically removed, this Striker will become a Stray – an aggressive being who preys on targets indiscriminately. Continue reading “Book Review: Spark”

Book Review: The Martian

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Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Series? No


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This book really needs no introduction, having topped bestseller lists; promoted all over Goodreads; and primed to become the next Hollywood blockbuster with a star-studded cast.  The story follows Mark Watney, who has been left stranded on EFFING MARS after a failed mission.  While the rest of humankind pegs him as dead, Watney uses his ingenuity and sheer will to survive in his inhospitable environment.  The plot was always well-paced and creative, but I wished I cared for these characters… more on that later in the review.

“All my brilliant plans foiled by thermodynamics. Damn you, Entropy!”

The Martian is very different to any other books I’ve read. It has solid technical accuracy and sound scientific research.  Admittedly, it’s been a while since my prerequisite Chemistry and Physics course, so a lot of the nitty-gritty details flies over my head. But hey, if the science is sound enough for Chris Hadfield, Commander of The International Space Station, it’s definitely good enough for me.

“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonised’ it. So technically, I colonised Mars.
In your face, Neil Armstrong!”

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