Friday, September 9, 2011

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan Review

, 307 pages
Expected publication: September 13th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
My copy: ARC

Book Description:

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.

My review:

I'm not usually into sc-fi reads but this wasn't all
that bad... The beginning I'd say was a woosh for me, reading like soft waves of the ocean. The characters were developing and I guess I wanted more and more until...I was twitching with every word in this book.

The writing and the characters were like a same note over and over again. I was waiting for the story to...crack. Either that or the characters were too insipid for me too enjoy the rest of the book. To me It was the well known ya plot with your egg-shaped ships and sc-fi sprinkle. At first I actually compared this book to one of my favorite Disney movies,
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, Waverly being Zenon :)

But that's it, Waverly was the only character, to me, that had mettle and something to give to the story. She was this bright cherry on top a bad sundae. I didn't care for her relationship with
Kieran, I didn't see any spark of romance between them.

Another mention,

I wasn't too thrilled by the way religion was merged into the story...I sensed many corrupt people with strange reasons.
I did like the first half of the book but I don't know if I'll be reading the next book to the Sky Chasers series.

If you really liked
Across the Universe by Beth Revis then you might like this.



  1. Love the Zenon comparison! I watched that movie way too many times as a kid. ^_^ I hear a lot of people have mixed feelings about Glow, but I'm probably just going to read it for myself. Thanks for reviewing it!

  2. Hmmm...I loved this books! I can tell why it wouldn't be for everyone, because I loved the religious themes and undertones, it really set the story apart in my opinion! Great review nonetheless!