Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Lizzie     Sep 14th, 2011     Dystopian, Reviews, Romance, Science Fiction     0 Replies

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (September 13, 2011)
Source: Won from publisher
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312590563
ISBN-13: 978-0312590567

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.

When this little beauty arrived in my mailbox, you should’ve seen me. At first, I wasn’t really sure what it was. I wasn’t expecting anything for review. When I opened it, I was jumping up and down, so excited at what I was holding. From the second I discovered what Glow was, I knew I needed to review it. I entered a giveaway the publisher was holding for ARCs—and low and behold, it arrived several weeks later!

From the first page, I knew this would be a good read. The main characters, Waverly and Kieran, captured me. They seemed like they were really in love. However, I wished there would have been more time to see their apparently very strong relationship. By the end of the second chapter, there was a war going on. Don’t get me wrong, I love that it is fast-paced. But the beginning felt rushed so it could get to the main story.

That aside, Glow kept me on the edge of my seat with every turn of the page. Ever since I saw Zenon on Disney when I was younger, I wanted to live on a space station. It wasn’t until I was a little older that I realised how human nature, no matter big the ship is, will not let that happen without there being more problems than it is worth. And that is the case in this book.

Humans, when desperate, will do anything, including kill.

This book was so thrilling to read and yet, left me with chills more than a few times. It is one of those books that, if you’re not careful, you’ll end up being awake until 4 AM and you’re holding a finished book. It’s just that addicting. And the setting couldn’t be more perfect. Space! And not just space, but as the book begins, we learn the ship has been inside of a nebula for a few years. A nebula!

Can you tell that I have a soft spot for books set in space?

I really do. And I wish there were more of them. Especially if they’re as intriguing as this one. Definitely pick this book up as soon as possible—you won’t regret it.

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