“You think God has a loophole for people who don’t have a choice?”

Jamie shrugs.
“Hope so, otherwise we’re screwed.”

Evie doesn't have a choice.

One day she’s an ordinary seventeen year old, grieving for her mother. The next, she’s a Shield, the result of a decades-old experiment gone wrong, bound by DNA to defend her best friend from an unknown killer.

The threat could come at home, at school, anywhere. All Evie knows is that it will be a fight to the death.

And then there’s Jamie. Irresistible. Off-limits.

Praise for Spark:

"Spark is perfect for 14-year olds who liked Scott Westerfeld's 'Uglies' series and Suzanne Collins' 'The Hunger Games' trilogy."

★★★★★ Books + Publishing

"Spark grabbed me from the first chapter and never let go! Fast-paced, compelling and original, this book plunged me straight into action-packed twists and turns I never saw coming. Rachael Craw has storytelling in her DNA."

Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling co-author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars.

"Spark kept me on the edge of my seat and stayed with me long after I turned the final page!"

Lynette Noni, best selling author of the Medoran Chronicles and Whisper.

"With more twists than a bowl of spaghetti, I couldn't put Spark down. Now I'm chaffing at the bit for Book Two."

Magpies magazine

Storylines Notable Book Award, Young Adult Fiction, 2015

Shortlisted, Inky Awards, State Library Victoria, 2015

Finalist, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and young Adults, Children's Choice Award, 2015

Optioned for film by Miss Conception Films, 2017-2019, 2021



Music is a massive part of my creative process, a way to soak up the mood and atmosphere of my imaginary world.

Some months, working on Spark, I went on a Muse bender, or The Killers, or The Black Keys. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve thrashed Jack White’s solo album, Blunderbuss. Love Interruption, is one of my favourite Evie and Jamie love songs. If I was working on something melancholic I might wallow in Coldplay, for Evie angst: Muse, for ass-kicking fight scenes: Foo Fighters, Green Day, The White Stripes … and many other bands. So do your earholes a favour and visit my playlists on Spotify!