Title: The Vanishing Spark of Dusk
Author: Sara Baysinger
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: January 8, 2018
Page Count: 366
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
When Lark is stolen from Earth to be a slave on the planet Tavdora, she’s determined to find her way back home to her family, no matter the cost. Placed in the household of a notorious slave trader, Lark quickly learns her best assets are her eyes and ears. And if she’s brave enough, her voice.
Kalen is the Tavdorian son of a slave trader and in line to inherit his father’s business. But his growing feelings for Lark, the new house slave who dares to speak of freedom, compel him to reveal his new plan for the slave ships returning to Earth—escape. Together, they just might spark a change that flares across the universe.
The Vanishing Spark of Dusk by Sara Baysinger is a young adult science fiction fantasy romance read. And before I even begin to share my thoughts on this book I’d like to say that while this one looks to be a standalone novel I’d highly encourage the author to continue with this world and characters she created and turn this one into a series. This for me was one of those books that had a perfectly acceptable ending but I so did not want it to end, I wanted the story to go on and could see so much more to explore with the world and characters she created.
Starting off reading this one I found myself comparing it to a couple of things and wondered if I would find a story that felt like more of the same old and not something new but thankfully that feeling went away rather quickly. When first meeting Lark we find that she and her family reside in a hidden community still free from slavery. As she mentions shucking corn I got this picture in my head of the farm in the Walking Dead where Hershel’s family was living in their own little bubble free from the chaos of the world around them. Now Lark’s fear and chaos of her world of course isn’t the zombie apocalypse but an alien race, the Tavdorians, that have been capturing and enslaving humans for years.
There are also things in this story that remind me a bit of The Hunger Games series. Now of course that series is simply human greed and excess and nothing to do with aliens but there were just little twinges here and there that brought it to mind. But don’t worry at all in thinking that this one is exactly like any thing else because it certainly did create it’s own world and characters that I fell in love with along the way. Lark is much like Katniss though in her determination and strength to survive to one day see her family again and that spark that is needed to fuel the change that the world created within the pages of the story needed.
As for the romance side of the book I’d also say not to worry to those that wonder if we have a case of insta-love that is so often found, no thankfully it does not begin that way. The story takes place over the course of several months and things were built into the book slowly over the course of the entire story. In the beginning when Lark and Kalen meet she knows little of the Tavdorians having never actually seen or met one so she sees them all as vicious slave trading parasites.The misconceptions and generalizations from each species remind me a lot of the stereotyping we have in our world just among humans so the issues seemed realistic but expanded to other worlds.
Now while it’s probably obvious by now that I really enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend reading it I would also warn that while this is young adult the content should probably be for more mature readers. There’s nothing overly graphic but it’s a book based around slavery and that isn’t a pretty thing in itself but also had some sexual situations brought into the mix along with partying and drinking so I’d keep that in mind. Otherwise a definite five stars and two thumbs up from this reader from the beautiful cover to the very end of the story.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Sara was born in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her early life exploring uncharted lands and raising chickens. She now makes her home among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two children…and she still raises chickens. Her dystopian novel BLACK TIGER was self-published in 2016. When not getting lost in a book, Sara can be found gardening, devouring chocolate, and running off the sugar-high from said chocolate. You can visit her online at www.sarabaysinger.com.