I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for and honest review. This in no way effects my opinion.
I’m not sure if I understand all the finer details of this book, but I will try to explain it.This was an original take on Dystopia.
As far as I can tell, there are these nanobots called dust who can do all sorts of miraculous things, and special people called sparks have the ability to control the dust.
Lena is a very powerful spark, in fact, she is the most powerful spark anyone has ever come across. Most sparks only use the dust to fix machines, but Lena has found a way to tell the dust to do much more. She can use it as a weapon, and she can also use it to heal people.
Because strong women sparks are so rare, Lena has spent most of her twenty-four years of life hiding from those who would misuse her and her power. So instead of being used for breeding, she has been free to grow in strength and stubbornness. Lena was a very strong-willed character, and at times she came off as being abrasive and childish. However, her abrasiveness was necessary. Everyone wanted to use her and far too many people wanted to abuse her.
In her reality, most men looked at woman like her and saw nothing but an opportunity to have some good sex that would lead to her giving him a powerful child. Women really weren’t looked at as more than objects, and Lena needed to speak loudly and clearly so they would all back off.
Every man she came in contact with didn’t subscribe to these misogynistic views. All of the men she worked with had total respect for her, but she did have to lay down the law with them a few times too.
Alex was her main love interest, and while he never disrespected her, at times, he did need to be reminded just how strong and capable she was. Their relationship developed slowly over time, and liked it. They had a lot in common when it came to their shared desires and passions. They both want to create a better world where everyone is free from the tyranny of those in charge. they also share a very powerful and supercharged attraction for each other. Sparks are sort of like batteries, and because they are both very powerful sparks they ignite when they are together.
Alex does have someone who could rival him for Lena’s affections, but I don’t think he has anything to worry about. I am no fan of love triangles, but I don’t feel like there was one in this book. Jackson is a nice kid who is also a very powerful spark and unbelievably good for Lena. They play off of each other very well because he calms her down. She is all fire and impulse and he reminds her to take a step back and think before she leaps. He is perfect for her, and I have no doubt that they will never end up together. I know that was a confusing sentence, but give me a minute to explain.
Even though Jackson is perfect for her, Alex is her soul mate. She could never be happy with anyone besides Alex because they understand each other on a level that is too deep to be ignored. they both have tempers and are impulsive, but they also understand the pain that each other has gone through. Plus when you have an attraction to someone who is so strong it literally makes you glow like a light bulb, I think you need to be with that person.
The idea of dust and sparks took some time to grow on me. When I started reading it seemed like just another dystopian novel, but it actually reads more like a Fantasy novel set in a dystopian society. Sparks are nothing more than powerful magicians, and dust is their magic.
It took me a while to get into this books, but once the story got ahold of me, it never let go. I have been getting tired of Dystopian novels lately because they all seem like copies of each other, but this has renewed my interest in the genre. I think we need more Dystopian novels like this that are entertaining, have mature adult relationships that don’t revolve around sex, and have a strong message about female empowerment.
I think this is a book that will please a large group of readers, and surprise them with the originality. There is romance with a bearable love triangle, great story telling, a kick butt leading lady, and a swoon worthy leading man. It had everything I could have asked for in a dystopian novel, and a lot of things that I ask for when I read a book in any genre.
Because of strong language, violence, and sexual situations, I would recommend this book for ages 17 and up. There are a couple of sex scenes.