Review: ‘Glow’ by Amy Kathleen Ryan

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Review: ‘Glow’ by Amy Kathleen RyanGlow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on September 13th, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 307
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

About Amy Kathleen Ryan

I was born in Jackson, Wyoming, where I lived in an apartment above my father's drywall business and paint store. As a kid I spent a lot of time outside, climbing trees and scrambling all over the hills that bordered our town. I always liked writing stories, but I didn't become a serious reader until I discovered A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle. I was totally hooked, read all of L'Engle's books, and then moved on to writers like Susan Cooper, Isaac Asimov, and Jack London. I dreamed about being a writer, and I even wrote the beginnings of a first novel in the fifth grade. It was called The Adventures of Kim D. Lavenport, and to this day, my mother is convinced it is my best work. Soon, though, I put Kim in a drawer and forgot all about her. I developed other interests, especially in acting and science, two areas in which I excelled. For a while, writing took a back seat.

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Waverly and Kieran are aboard the ship Emptrean in route to New Earth. Their mission is to land on the new planet and start their lives there. But like all good plans, they also fail. Because the other ship New Horizon which is also on its way to New Earth has kidnapped all the girls and taken them hostage. In their wake they leave some of the kid’s parents dead while the others try to save the engines.

Waverly is brave and strong and determined all at the same time. You feel how wounded she is when she feels so helpless trying to rescue herself and the others. There’s a strong tie to leadership that is evident in both Waverly and Kieran. But I have to say Kieran gets handed a more helpless deal because Seth just happens to want to kill him so badly. Seth is a character who is pretty damn evil but then you wonder why he turns out that way. I know Seth cares about Waverly. He might even love her but why does he have to lead with fear and dishonesty?

I enjoyed reading this book. The writing had just enough dialogue, back-story and plot to keep the pages turning.

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  1. Alyssa Susanna

    October 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I…kind of hated this book. Like, 0 stars hate. I thought this book was so flat and lifeless. Nice try, Ms. Ryan, to get into space exploration and whatnot. I didn’t buy it. I was bored most of the time. I think Ms. Ryan needed to do some more research to make the entire thing more realistic to me. Especially the whole infertility crisis. Weird and unbelievable. I’m definitely not reading Spark. But to each their own. Thanks for the review!

  2. Grace Lo

    October 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    I’m glad you enjoyed the book, but I personally didn’t like it as much. It did have a lot of similarities to Across the Universe, which I absolutely LOVE, but for some reason the entirety of the book lacked some sort of oomph, so it took me a while to get it finished. Nevertheless, I thought that the plot was pretty good, if not a little generic. Thank you for the review!

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