If you have enjoyed reading the following books or watching the following movies, you may also like my debut novel, Spark, as they share some similar themes.
(1) Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
This story explores what happens to a family in northeastern Pennsylvania when their world changes forever. An asteroid hits the moon, knocking it into a closer orbit. This causes all kinds of disasters that bring the world to a halt. Miranda (16), her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove. But as they start to run out of food and water, and without electricity and heat, Miranda and her family struggle to survive.
(2) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
In an event called “the collapse,” a deadly flu epidemic sweeps the globe and kills most of the world’s population. The plot revolves around a few main characters and offers glimpses into their lives both before the collapse and during the nineteen years that follow.
(3) The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.
(4) How It Ends directed by David Rosenthal
Will and his future father-in-law go on a journey from Chicago to Seattle to look for Will’s fiancé Samantha after a super volcano eruption along the the West Coast and they lose contact with her.
(5) The Day After Tomorrow directed by Roland Emmerich
Jack Hall, a climatologist, goes on a journey from Washington, D.C. to New York City to reunite with his son when a sudden superstorm plunges the earth into a new Ice Age.
(6) Contagion directed by Steven Soderbergh
After returning from an overseas business trip, Beth Emhoff dies from some type of flu. Her young son dies later the same day. Around the world, people are dying from a mysterious virus. The CDC and the World Health Organization race around the clock to find patient zero and a cure for the virus.
How is Spark similar to the above books and movies?
Spark follows 18 years old Becky and her companions on a journey from Langley, BC to Winnipeg, MB after an earthquake in BC. As it is set in the near future, some of today's predictions about the future become reality in the book, such as flooding of coastal cities and extreme weather conditions. The main character, Becky, and her companions are faced with many challenges as travel towards Winnipeg, including a new virus. For more information about Spark, please return to the home page.