Nearly a century ago the world was decimated by a magical war. In their defeat, elves were captured by humans, cut off from their magic, and broken down into lifeless, drone-like slaves.
Avery is different. Somehow, her magic has always simmered beneath the surface. Never completely broken, she must pretend in order to survive. When Zander, her master’s nephew, brings her magic out in full force, she finds out what it’s like to truly be alive.
Ripped from Zander’s side and sent to The Farm, Avery doesn’t know if she’ll be able to hide her light and make it out alive. But there, she’ll meet someone who knows her true purpose.
The war isn’t over, and if Avery can survive, she could be the one to set her people free. All it takes is a little hope and a Spark of Light.
***MatureYA - This book contains mild adult language and sexual content.***
I like that this was a different take on the apocalypse theme. Normally, books that talk about the apocalypse or talk about dystopian worlds are focused solely on a world made up of only humans. I liked that this involved magical creatures, even though we only saw one kind in this book.
One thing that sort of bugged me was the recklessness of Zander. He wasn't really the kind of person to think things through, and I grew angry at him a few times because of how he puts Avery in danger. That is more of a personal dislike though, and it didn't really affect how I liked the book overall.
Although, what did affect this review is the rushed ending. I would have liked to see it a little more detailed and drawn out, so it wouldn't feel like everything just happens rapidly to finish the book. At some points towards the end I felt like the characters experienced slight personality changes. They weren't big, but they were noticeable because I feel that there wasn't much character buildup/growth for them to show the changes they did.
I wish that we could have found out what exactly happened to Oliver at the FARM. We only know it's not good, but no details were really provided there. I hope we get to find out in the second book.
Other than those issues, this book flowed really well and I sympathized with Avery for the abuse she experiences throughout the story. The supporting characters moved the story along and didn't feel like characters that were just there.
I award Spark of Light 4 Platypires!