Tuesday, June 17, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: "Sparks" by James DeSantis
What would you get if DC Comics hijacked John Green and forced him to write a novel about a superhero?
You'd get Sparks, the latest story from the talented indie author James DeSantis.
Ethan Hamil is an average 20-something. He recently broke up with his longtime girlfriend and doesn't want to do anything to better himself.
One day, he hears the words everyone dreads (no, not, "We're making a sequel to the Green Lantern movie." haha): he has cancer and it's rapidly advancing.
As if that's not enough, he's struck by lightning! But that was more a blessing than a curse. Ethan can now control electricity. With a little help from his nerdy best friend, Alex, he becomes Sparks and finds the purpose he'd been looking for: saving people.
If you're a superhero fan like I am, you're going to love this. If you're a fan of heartfelt stories about dying people trying to do good, you're going to obsess over this.
I shed tears at the end. That should tell you something. I have only ever cried at three books before this and I've read thousands.
You know the person writing this is a comic book fan, by the attention to detail. The intense detail is what really makes the story pop. You can easily see the characters in your mind as you read.
The story is beautifully written, a great statement about love, life and death. I read this in one sitting with a dying ereader battery. Such an excellent book. I'm still having what the Internet now calls "feels".
Purchase Sparks via:
Amazon (KINDLE) (print edition coming soon!)