Title: Ignition Point
Author: Kate Corcino
Published: September 2014
Publisher: Kate Corcino
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy
Length: 108 pages
I purchased a copy of this book from Amazon UK.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
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.
* “Ward” introduces Thomas, a thirteen-year-old boy rescued from Scavengers, marauding slavers who murdered both his biological and foster parents and sold the highly powered boy to the highest bidder—the Council of Nine. Dumped at the Ward School to train his abilities, Thomas must learn to survive among a new breed of savages…the boys who have been training there since they were five and the men who must hone them into weapons.
* “Blood and Water” is the story of Lucas, a young man who has spent his childhood shunned by his powerful, religious family for the crime of being born a Spark. On the cusp of attaining his place in the world his grandfather intends to re-shape, Lucas will discover the heavy price of belonging. Will he pay it, or will he count the costs and deem them too high?
* “Ghost Story” shows how lives lived on the edge—of society, of safety, of sanity—intersect. Lena, a highly powered runaway, fled a life of hiding from the Council. Elias is one of the so-called New Barbarians, those who choose to live free, if hard and dangerous, lives. Wounded and dying, he hunts the Scavengers who killed his family and took his brother to sell. A chance meeting in the desert of what was once New Mexico will change them both forever.
A collection of three related short stories, Ignition Point offers a glimpse into the lives of characters from the upcoming novel, Spark Rising.
You can find my review of Spark Rising here.
After reading Spark Rising, I was excited to see the events that had happened before and led the characters to where they were. Ignition Point is an anthology of three stories that tell the lives of three of the major players from Spark Rising several years before.
I think my favourite of the three stories was Ward, which tells us how Thomas came to be at the Ward School and how he met Alex. It was a nice insight into both’s beginning; their mutual hatred put aside and blossoming into a friendship before they discover the horrible secrets that the Ward School is keeping.
The second story had an unexpected end, but helped to reinforce that Lucas is just plain crazy! I felt sorry for him throughout his story, until the end. It was an interesting character study nonetheless.
Finally, we have a small part of Lena’s back story. I can’t help but wonder what happened to the people that she’s with during Ghost Story by the time we make it to Spark Rising‘s time. It’s another interesting character study, to see how Lena reacts to different people and situations around her before she’s become fully aware of what she can do – like in Spark Rising.
Overall, I really enjoyed the stories separately and together as a whole collection. They add a rich new layer of understanding to Spark Rising and I would recommend that new readers try Ignition Point first.
About the Author
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. She’s been a legal videographer, a teacher, and a law student, and believes in chasing dreams. 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 the dual releases of Ignition Point and Spark Rising, the first books in the Progenitor Saga, a near future post-apocalyptic dystopian adventure series with romantic elements, science, magic, and plenty of action.
She lives in her beloved desert in the southwestern United States with her husband, several children, three dogs, two cats, and a fat, happy guinea pig.