Book Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Title: Glow (Sky Chasers #1)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Details: ARC, published in Hardcover, 307 pgs.
Published: September 27th, 2011 by St. Martins Press
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Amazon Vine

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.

Glow was a bit of a strange read but I found myself completely enthralled in it. Once I started reading I couldn’t seem to put it down except for a few times when I found myself so angry that I didn’t think I could read another page without smacking someone (in the book). Now this wasn’t anger because of something I didn’t like, no it was anger because I was so invested in the story and the bad guys were pissing me off! So really, it was a good thing. 
This book was different because I didn’t know who I liked and who I could trust. I’d think that I’d like one person only to find them doing something stupid. The one person I liked through the whole thing was Waverly. We got her side of the story about half the time and Kierans the other half. Waverly was brave and sometimes didn’t think things through. She was passionate in what she believed and wasn’t easily swayed by others opinions. Now Kieran I’m not sure about. I think that he’s an interesting character but not the smartest guy in the world. I was starting to like another guy but then he pulled some really bad moves and I started to not like him at all. But then towards the end I started wondering if he would try to redeem himself, maybe there’s hope for him yet? I guess the jury’s out on whether I’ll like either of them, but I think deep down they are both good guys, just not so great when thrown in a bad situation.
Overall it was a fast paced story with lots of action. I found myself enjoying it a lot despite a few things I found far fetched (one being that ALL the adults on the Empyrean end up gone). And maybe not everything was completely believable. Like I said, a bit far fetched. But it didn’t bother me much and I was pretty satisfied with how it all played out. I’m actually quite excited to read the next one in the series!
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Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from amazon vine for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.
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  1. I actually liked Glow, but I disliked how it treated religion. And I also agree about the guys – I hope either they shape up quickly or that Waverly picks someone else. I’m curious to see what happens in book two, but I don’t think I’m curious enough to buy the book – library will suffice. Good review!

  2. oooooh! Candace, Ive been looking forward to this one since seeing the cover and now even more so after reading your review. It seems like maybe the characters could have used a little more time cooking, but they still sound interesting.

    Great review! Thanks for building on my excitement.

  3. How do I keep missing these? LOL! This sounds pretty good and it would have slipped right under my nose if not for you LOL! Great review hon, will be looking for this especially since the cover is so amazing. Thank you hon :)

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