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‘The Sparks in My Skull’ by I D Atkinson is a science fiction based Young Adult novel. An interesting concept, where young adults suffering from migraines develop additional cognitive abilities called aether varying from precognition to psychokinesis. The downside of these additional abilities are their time-bomb brain, that could suddenly develop a fatal brain bleed.
In this dystopian story, where society lashes out in fear towards things and people that they don’t fully understand, we meet Echo and Flynn, who flee to a sanctuary for others with aether, but are they really safe there?
‘The Sparks in My Skull’ is an interesting storyline and each of the characters are infused with personality. The book introduces you slowly to each character and to the different forms and abilities that aether can take. I found the speech a little contrived and the initial incident at the party with Echo personally a bit frustratingly unbelievable. I feel a younger audience may like this book more and this book made me consider that maybe I am now a bit too old for Young Adult fiction. The plotline is interesting and entertaining, and I wanted to read more to learn about aether, and what would happen to Echo and Flynn. I would say ‘The Sparks in My Skull’ is an easy to read story that would be a great recommendation for fans of YA dystopian fiction and fantasy.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
What if, all along, migraines were a sign of your brain... trying to evolve?
Napoleon, Darwin, Julius Caesar, Virginia Woolf, Van Gogh… they all got migraines. So do Echo and Flynn. And it sucks.
Until the day young adults with migraines start developing new mental abilities called aether: Animus. Wispr. Psychokinesis. Scry. Precog. Snapshot.
Yet aether is also a death sentence. At some point, everyone who has it gets a sudden, fatal brain bleed.
Which means they'll die... but until then, the haters – and the government’s anti-aether lockdown – are making the lives of everyone with aether hell.
So Echo and Flynn flee to find sanctuary. To find themselves.
But while in hiding they discover it’s the lies people tell – and the secrets they keep – that may be the greatest threat of all to their short, fragile lives.
|Publication date:||1st March 2021|
|Author:||I D Atkinson|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|