Jodi Picoult is no stranger to playing with fire aka Hot Topics. Last year she graced us with a book about racism. She’s also written books about the Holocaust, School shootings, inappropriate student/teacher relationships, mercy killings. So I wasn’t too shocked to hear that her book for 2018 was going to center around an Abortion clinic.. Everyone knows the huge pro-life/pro-choice debate that continues to drive a wedge in our country and I was nervous even reading this book…but it’s Jodi Picoult and I don’t miss a new release from her.
Spark of Light starts out in the abortion clinic where a shooter has taken several people hostage. We follow several POVs as the drama unfolds and to make it even more challenging we go back an hour with each chapter. I thought that was an interesting way to structure a book but I think it really got you pulled in first and sympathizing with the hostages before even knowing their stories or why they were there so before you could decide if you liked them or agreed with them you were already on their side.
With this being such a hot topic, like I said I was very nervous to read this book. I’d tried to read a recent book by Joyce Carol Oates that related to an abortion clinic and the divided sides but in that book the pro-life people were all written as redneck, backwoods idiots and I couldn’t tolerate reading a book that was clearly biased and felt like the author was trying to force their beliefs on the reader. Jodi Picoult has this down to a science and everytime she writes about controversial topics she does it in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t feel like she’s forcing her beliefs on you and she shows both sides. You can tell even in the research that she does for her books that she’s spent an equal amount of time with both sides of the argument.
As great as I think this book was, there are some people I don’t think should read this. I think anyone with fertility issues or someone who’s had a miscarriage(s) that this book may trigger some pretty intense emotions. I mean it does anyway but due to some graphic scenes and just the nature of the story being centered around abortion I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone.
As much as I want to give this book five stars I’m going to have to give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 (4.5 stars out of 5) just because like I said there were some hard to stomach very detailed scenes. It was still one of the best reads of the year and again Jodi Picoult has proven why she is a master author and I’m glad I put this book on hold five months ago when they announced the title so I got to read it as soon as it came out because there’s currently over 300 people on the waiting list.