Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Glow (Sky Chasers #1) by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Publication date: September 13, 2011

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

From: Lisseth @ Read-a-Holicz

Pages: 307 (hardcover)

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Summary: (Goodreads)

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.


It is a very rare thing indeed for me to be this torn over a book. Either I hated or not, is usually how it is with me. I can be very frank about it also. Sometimes I may say I am torn, but in all honestly it's my way of saying this book was very...subpar. But with Glow, an action-packed space thriller that starts off the Sky Chasers series, I have to say I really am torn. I don't really know if this book was good or so very horrid. There were some things I am still very conflicted over, but the emotion, the heartbreak was written so beautifuly that they became palpable entities. Making me wonder if there's hope yet. 

Glow's theme is cicrled around the idea of space travel after the Earth has been left for dead, only those who could pay-or were smart enough really-could travel on one of the two ships: the New Horizon or the Emptyrean. The New Horizon is the ship that is "holy" and the Emptyrean is secular.

Now, there's the catch. We can't have a good book unless we stir some sort of faith in there, now can we?

I am a Christian, a firm believer in Christ and how he died to save me. But to me, it isn't a religion. I have a personal relationship with God and His Son. So obviously, this is an area I believe very strongly in. When authors proceed to place my belief into their books (whether Chritian or not themselves) I tend to get a little defensive of my faith. Though sometimes I have to take into account that it should be done with gentleness rather than force or through malice and I end up learning what self-control really means.

So when you not only blasphemize my faith and state it incorrectly, I get a little upset. Not in an angry way, but in a very disapointed way. It's sad how far we've striven from what God originaly planned us to be. There are several scenes in Glow within which I could only shake my head.

Anyways, even though it has its faults, this novel was surprisingly one of the most high-paced and enjoyable reads I've read in a long while.

The beginning of Glow starts off with a bang as the twin sister of the Emtpyrean, the New Horizon attacks. Taking their most valuble reasource. The Emptyrean wasn't expecting the attack, but it seems as if the New Horizon had been planning it for a while. Everything erupts into chaos as both the ships quickly become enemies with the same people they were meant to start a whole new Earth together.

I love that Glow went back and forth between the main female and male protagonists. It gave real insight on not only what was going on in both of their situations, but what they were feeling and the disasters that 

Waverly, I felt, was once a light hearted girl without any cares. She lived on a ship in the middle the of space and has the perfect boyfriend, who even wants to marry her. Waverly seems to have it all that a girl could possible have while traveling to a new Earth. But when the New Horizon takes what's not theirs to take, she becomes a cold hearted and courageous woman. She realizes that she's going to have to take charge if anyone wants to get out alive.

Kieran once relied on everyone around him, but just like Waverly, he learns he needs to be the one to take charge and become what he though he'd turn out to be in the first place.

Glow will leave you speechless, gasping for breath at the emotional toll of life in deep space.

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