Book Review: Spark

Spark Rachael Craw


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”