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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 tak 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.


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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 tak 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.

30 review for Ignition Point: A Progenitor Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Colin Power

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters really pull you in to their unique world with many different factions of people trying to gain power (or even just survive). The "Sparks" have these great powers which make them feared whiled also being used and manipulated. I found myself wishing that part I was longer... I wanted to read more about the Ward School. I really enjoyed this book. The characters really pull you in to their unique world with many different factions of people trying to gain power (or even just survive). The "Sparks" have these great powers which make them feared whiled also being used and manipulated. I found myself wishing that part I was longer... I wanted to read more about the Ward School.

  2. 4 out of 5

    A.R. DeClerck

    This is an author to watch! This woman will make SFR/dystopian history. Ignition Point is a sneak peek into the Dust laden world Lena and Alex occupy and will leave readers drooling to move on to the novel Sparks Rising. Don't take your eyes off Corcino. She is going to keep us interested! This is an author to watch! This woman will make SFR/dystopian history. Ignition Point is a sneak peek into the Dust laden world Lena and Alex occupy and will leave readers drooling to move on to the novel Sparks Rising. Don't take your eyes off Corcino. She is going to keep us interested!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather Lawson

    Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________ 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 me Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/... __________________________________________________ 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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda Moebius

    Sparked my Interest I'm so glad I found this author. The stories in this anthology had well-developed characters and strong plots. The stories are prequels to a novel I am excited to read. The premise is completely believable and the author uses the opportunity to develop the world and characters to set up the next novel. I can't wait to start Spark Rising and lose myself in this world again. Sparked my Interest I'm so glad I found this author. The stories in this anthology had well-developed characters and strong plots. The stories are prequels to a novel I am excited to read. The premise is completely believable and the author uses the opportunity to develop the world and characters to set up the next novel. I can't wait to start Spark Rising and lose myself in this world again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Janet Arroyo

    Spark I enjoyed this anthology. The first two stories were good. This last story was full of action I really liked the characters. I liked that in Lena's and Ghost's, they learned to trust. Because of that they each have a new beginning. The dust of the earth blessed some with the spark of life and other abilities. This is a good read. Spark I enjoyed this anthology. The first two stories were good. This last story was full of action I really liked the characters. I liked that in Lena's and Ghost's, they learned to trust. Because of that they each have a new beginning. The dust of the earth blessed some with the spark of life and other abilities. This is a good read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pippa Jay

    What I liked: Ward - 4*. I loved seeing this peek into the early lives of two main characters from Spark Rising, but I think it might read better for those who've read the novel already. It explains the history behind their quest for a better world. Blood and Water - 5*. Even though I got a terrible sense of where this was going, it still didn't ease the real gut punch of an ending. This little short will leave you chilled, but shows how easy it is for someone to be emotionally manipulated into ac What I liked: Ward - 4*. I loved seeing this peek into the early lives of two main characters from Spark Rising, but I think it might read better for those who've read the novel already. It explains the history behind their quest for a better world. Blood and Water - 5*. Even though I got a terrible sense of where this was going, it still didn't ease the real gut punch of an ending. This little short will leave you chilled, but shows how easy it is for someone to be emotionally manipulated into actions that they may have thought themselves incapable of, and of how we can even mislead ourselves. Ghost Story - 5*. I loved seeing a snippet of Lena's live before Spark Rising, and really this is the best intro to SR if you read IP first. What I didn't like: Ward - the main character referred to his tragic recent past just a little too often and I lost some of my sympathy simply from the repetition. In a short story it really didn't need it. Blood and Water - nothing to criticize. Ghost Story - again, I really don't have anything bad to say about it. In conclusion: If you love apocalyptic/dystopian fiction with a punch, but are looking for something with a new twist, this is for you and gives you a brief introduction into the world explored more fully in Spark Rising (although I'm tempted to say read SR before IP). This may be something for fans of the TV series The 100, or Dan Wells's Partials books. Quick, easy reads that will leave you thinking afterward. I loved these three little bonus stories showing more of the same world as Spark Rising, especially in terms of Alex and Lena. It explains so much of their characters in the follow-on novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Although this trio of short stories comes chronologically before Spark Rising, I read it after and am glad I did. The stories themselves are good, but they gain additional depth by knowing who each character will become. That said, story 2 was difficult for me to read because I knew Lucas would become a villain. If you're like me and couldn't really root for Anakin because you knew he was bound to become Darth Vader, I recommend you just read the first and last stories, which you'll adore. And now Although this trio of short stories comes chronologically before Spark Rising, I read it after and am glad I did. The stories themselves are good, but they gain additional depth by knowing who each character will become. That said, story 2 was difficult for me to read because I knew Lucas would become a villain. If you're like me and couldn't really root for Anakin because you knew he was bound to become Darth Vader, I recommend you just read the first and last stories, which you'll adore. And now I really, really want the next book in the series. Did I mention in my earlier review of Spark Rising that I want you to write faster? Please do!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mona Karel

    I'm so glad I read Ignition Point first. So when I started Spark Rising I could nod and tell myself: "He's the one who...That's when she..." and now while I'm reading SR I'm waiting for the big reveal, for Lena to say "When I helped those people I did this to a very bad Spark" A great post Apocalyptic story with a clever world building, and some subtle messages about absolute power corrupting. Also very clever detail inserts, so I'm easing on through the book and stop: Wait, she said what? Hmmm a I'm so glad I read Ignition Point first. So when I started Spark Rising I could nod and tell myself: "He's the one who...That's when she..." and now while I'm reading SR I'm waiting for the big reveal, for Lena to say "When I helped those people I did this to a very bad Spark" A great post Apocalyptic story with a clever world building, and some subtle messages about absolute power corrupting. Also very clever detail inserts, so I'm easing on through the book and stop: Wait, she said what? Hmmm and when is that going to have an impact?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Delandro

    Three short stories about the characters in Sparks Rising. Thomas and Alex ... become part of a team... in a society that trains soldiers from age 5..all can manipulate Dust. Lucas... only grandchild in Councilor Four's family to be a Spark and he is riduculed and victimized until he is old enough to be of use to his grandfather. Ghost.... Lena heals Ghost after Scavengers leave him for dead.. then Lena finds out that Agents are buying girls with Spark potential. Ghost leads survivors on a trek to Three short stories about the characters in Sparks Rising. Thomas and Alex ... become part of a team... in a society that trains soldiers from age 5..all can manipulate Dust. Lucas... only grandchild in Councilor Four's family to be a Spark and he is riduculed and victimized until he is old enough to be of use to his grandfather. Ghost.... Lena heals Ghost after Scavengers leave him for dead.. then Lena finds out that Agents are buying girls with Spark potential. Ghost leads survivors on a trek to Texas ...but Lena stays

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deirdre Toby

    Prequel to Spark Rising Great look into the past of a few of the main players in Spark Rising. I actually read this book second but still enjoyed getting to see some of the history that drives them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hokanson

    Very original storyline Well written and very entertaining story to read. A world powered by the sparks created by humans. And all of the known s p arms are male except there is a female spark and she can do more than most.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    It seems an interesting world, but there was so little description that I don't think I will try to find if the other book explores it better. It seems an interesting world, but there was so little description that I don't think I will try to find if the other book explores it better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Damali

    Yes, this is going to be an exciting series to read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    T.

    Some really excellent background novellas to tie into the Rising Sparks novel. I really enjoyed the extra depth and insight to the characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra

  17. 4 out of 5

    Audree

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  19. 5 out of 5

    RICHARD W. BOWLER

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia

  21. 4 out of 5

    Colleen L Booth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Justad

  26. 4 out of 5

    E

  27. 4 out of 5

    Languageruns

  28. 5 out of 5

    Larry

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meri Dwyer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

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