Title: Glow [Goodreads][Amazon]
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: September 13, 2011
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One Line: A surprisingly engrossing sci-fi tale that kept me at the edge of my seat!
If a violent battle destroyed the only world you’ve ever known, would you be brave enough to save who was left? Would love be strong enough to survive the fight? Either way, there’s no turning back…
The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. As members of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. But there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage… and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean’s sister ship, the New Horizon. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.
I have to put this out there that I was completely blown away at how engrossed I became in this book. Glow kind of took me by surprise and after a few chapters in, I was hooked! It wasn’t for anything except for the fact that I HAD TO know what was going to happen next. I had no idea whyI felt so compelled to keep reading, but Glow seriously drew me in and had me feeling all types of emotions, I mean crazy feel because at one point I was so furious at a particular scene/character, I wanted to scream (in a wickedly good way though)! And that’s saying a lot, because it’s not often that an author will have me feeling emotions that strong.
Glow offers one heck of an intriguing plot, where kids are basically kidnapped/stolen from their homes and parents to board their “sister ship”, all because of a jaded history that the adults of both ships have created. Waverly is a pretty strong female lead who slowly rises to the challenge of saving herself, and countless others, from their so-called enemies. She’s very naive at first, which is expected, but she never gives up, even at the most desperate of times, and her strength and determination shines through, which made me really like her in this book. Kieran has to learn how to lead on his end too, and deals with a lot of emotional and mental havoc that changes him forever. I seriously felt for this guy throughout the book and I have to say, was not a fan of Seth at all. The whole “love triangle” aspect isn’t really a big issue, although the topic does loom in the background throughout the book.
What really drew me in was when both ships came face-to-face with each other and the aftermath of that epic scene where everyone has to pick up the pieces of their changed lives and learn to adapt to the repercussions of their actions. Everything was so intense and suspenseful, I was so eager to see what would happen next, how would each character react to what was thrown at them, and what their fates would be.
Probably the only real flaw about Glow was the whole space ship/sci-fi aspect, simply because I know next to nothing about it. A lot of the terms, parts of the ship, etc I couldn’t really picture or didn’t really know what it was, which made it difficult to “be there” with the characters. Even though I greatly attribute this to my serious lack of imagination, and I really did the best i could in my head, but I thought a “glossary of terms” would’ve been a nice addition at the end of the book so that some readers, like myself, could relate or envision the story more. Again, that might just be me.
Unlike anything else I’ve ever read, Glow stands out as a captivating and riveting novel that I simply couldn’t put down. Amy Kathleen Ryan will have you glued to her pages from start to finish with this thrilling novel and I’m dying to see how the rest of the series goes.
Thanks to the wonderful people over at MacMillan, I’ve got a clip from the audiobook of Glow for you to enjoy: Audio Clip from Glow