Sunday, July 22, 2012

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

 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 really liked Glow partly because I’m really into sci-fi and space. The book reminded me a lot of Star Gate (the newest season that got cancelled) because of the situation on the ship and how people worked together to live. The writing was very good and I loved reading Waverly’s chapters because of her easy to like character.

This book was very enjoyable because it was mostly about survival and there was a lot of character development. I wish there would’ve been more Kieran and Waverly scenes because I would’ve understood their relationship better. I hope that I’ll see some more relationships developing in book two!

Glow is split into parts where each part switches off between Waverly and Keiran. The situations in each character’s sections related and it made sense why the characters seemed different at the end. Waverly was stronger and Keiran was, well…

There were adults in this book (I say that because rarely in YA the parents barely show themselves or are not part of the characters lives). It was interesting to read how realistic the kids acted after their parents had been killed or taken. I think that the author did a stupendous job on making deaths mean something.

There wasn’t really anything I disliked about this book and gobbled it down like a Thanksgiving turkey! If you like sci-fi and action, you will definitely love this book. 4.5 Stars

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