Spark by Anthea Sharp description:
What if a high-tech game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley’s life might look easy, but she’s part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world. Aran Cole hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It’s barely a living, and one he’s not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feyland-the most exciting and immersive game on the market-he discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams. Spark’s mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued?
With the way to the Dark Court of the Fey locked away in a video game, this made the story line a very interesting blend of fantasy and science fiction. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything else like this. However, I think it’s a little misleading that no where in the description does it mention this is a spin-off series from Sharp’s Feyland Trilogy. I had to read through other reviews to find that out, because from the beginning you know something has happened to the group of friends saying goodbye to each other, and through the book you get the gist of what happened, but I don’t think the story lines have diverged enough for this to truly be a spin-off, it feels more like a continuation of that series considering how the plots are still so connected to the same events. More so, there are other things that just seem like may have gotten explained in the other books that Sharp apparently felt there was no need to rehash here. Regardless if it did it gets frustrating trying to figure out if this mystery is something previously discussed, or if it’s something that we’re supposed to discover later on. Either way, things in the real world should’ve been better explained regardless. Like what is the deal with the chip on people’s arms, and why doesn’t Aran have one? And speaking of Aran, he started off as an decent character with understandable motives, but the all of a sudden he becomes childish and willfully ignorant at a time when you’d think someone would start to wise up on the repercussions of their actions. It really made the story take a nosedive for a bit, but Spark was a steady character that helped really keep the story going. Either way, this book was good enough that I want to go back and read the Feyland Trilogy, and get to know more about this world in the order apparently the reader is meant to do.