Spark Rising Cover
Author: Kate Corcino
Title: Spark Rising
Published On: November 30th 2014
Series: The Progenitor Saga #1
Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Publisher: Kate Corcino
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All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.


Mike’s Review

This was a great book to introduce a series with! From its action packed opening to the bitter-sweet ending! How bitter you ask? How sweet? You’ll have to find out for yourself!

“Where in the Dust had he found the strength to walk away from her?”

A better question would be, who will be left standing as this twisty-turvy story comes together with Governments, Revolutionists, Splinter-Groups, Double-Agents, Triple-Agents, and more clash together and the sparks fly and people die.

Really enjoyable world-building sets a big stage for the remaining stories in this series to play out on as little teases of things are slipped in here and there and have me ready for more! Quirky humor and romance have a place in here too as they smooth off the edges of the action.

I’m anticipating great things from this series and can’t wait for more!


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All about Kate Corcino

About Kate Corcino

Kate Corcino is a reformed shy girl who found her voice (and uses it…a lot). She believes in magic, coffee, Starburst candies, genre fiction, descriptive profanity, and cackling over wine with good friends. A recovering Dr. Pepper addict, she knows the only addiction worth feeding is the one that follows the “click-whooooosh” of a new story settling into her brain.

She also believes in the transformative power of screwing up and second chances. Cheers to works-in-progress of the literary and lifelong variety!

She is currently gearing up for publication of Ignition Point and Spark Rising , the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.