Book Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

RATING: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Dystopia | Sci-Fi

(Sky Chasers #1)

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.

*****

Well, this was a surprise. My expectation of liking Glow is almost nil, considering most of my GR friends didn’t like it. But it was unexpectedly awesome for me! It was everything Across the Universe was not. A little similar on the theme, but I think Glow surpassed Across the Universe in more aspects that I would’ve anticipated.

The story shot off as soon as I start reading. It was fast paced until the end! And I appreciated that. The darkness of Glow was eerie at most, and to think the war was being waged in outer space made it even more eerie. Glow is no light reading because there’s a high possibility that you will be irked, grossed out, and just downright indignant. But how I love the unpredictability of the characters!

The rebellion against Kieran reminded me of the Lord of the Flies. The violence, fear, and despair. I like Waverly in general. It was irksome to listen to her whine endlessly on how she was violated, but I understood her point. In the end, I realized her horror of what Kieran had become. It was pure brilliance, right? To think that you’ve escaped something you abhorred, only to come back and find out that that something was what saved your fiancé from being hopeless. Pretty clever, I might say!

Seth. I was all Team Seth until he became reckless, irrational, and unnecessarily violent. But I liked how Ryan made Seth open for redemption at the end . Could he have a chance with Waverly after everything he did to Kieran? I want to find out right now!

But Glow is not perfect. There some loose ends that needs to be tied up, or at the very least, given an explanation. I hope in the next installments Ryan will wrap things up nicely and the make the plot more airtight.

I won’t be shocked if readers will find Glow apprehensive and whacked out. But these elements are what made me a Sky Chasers fan. Sinister plans to make sure human race do not go extinct? I’m so in!

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  1. Pingback: Book Review: Sky Chasers #2: Spark by Amy Kathleen Ryan « reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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