Publication date: September 13, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
From: Lisseth @ Read-a-Holicz
Pages: 307 (hardcover)
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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.