Friday, September 7, 2012

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan [Review]

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Release: September 13, 2011
Hardcover: 307 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin Griffin.
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Glow is one of the first true sci-fi books I’ve read in a long time.  It was kind of a nice change from my typical Fantasy or Dystopian settings. Glow is also fairly short, so the action starts almost immediately with the Empyrean being boarded by the New Horizon.  And from there, it never really lets up.

Ryan poses many deep questions about religion, leadership, responsibility,  and reproduction rights. It’s actually quite impressive how many debates Ryan is able to weave into her story.  She leaves much up to the reader to decide their position.  There are few right and wrong answers.  So much depends on your point of view, just like in real life.  I felt Ryan’s greatest feat was her ability to take a character or situation, get you comfortable with it and then change it all of you.  Just when you think understand a character’s motives and they garner your sympathy, Ryan presents another side of them and you begin to question how you feel about them.

I think Glow was one of the more thought provoking YA books I’ve read and is worth a read. 
I would recommend this to older teens due to the subject matter.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. Glow
2. Spark

1 comment :

  1. I really want to read this one it sounds really interesting. I also love that Ryan poses so many questions about so many different issues. Great review, can't wait to start this series!



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