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Oct 08 2015

Stray by Rachael Craw

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Spark series, bk 2. Walker Books Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781922179630
Suggested reading age from 14 years of age. Evie has just found out what it means to be a shield, a DNA altered super protector, and though protecting her best friend Kitty was fine, she just wants to live her life surrounded by her loved ones and not have to answer to the Affinity Project. This will be difficult seeming her Aunt, Miriam and boyfriend Jamie are both shields like herself and are obligated to the project. When Affinity finally catches up with Evie, she will not go down without a struggle.
This sequel was one of the better sequels that flows right on from where Spark (first book) finishes. The fast paced action and adventure keeps you hanging until the next chapter. The relationships Evie has with her friends and family have all grown since Spark and it was great to finally see what the Affinity Project was like and how Jamie and Miriam both interact with the agents involved, showing a different side that we saw with Evie from the first book. Evie's relationship with Kitty is great and after everything that has happened to both of their characters Kitty remains a strong support and encourages her to live her teenage life.
I wouldn't recommend reading this book without reading Spark first and I think ages from 14 years and above would find the subject matter easy to comprehend. This series from Rachael Craw could be compared to Graceling by Kristin Cashore, or Inheritance by Lisa Forrest.
Jody Holmes

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