Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:00 AM

Format: Paperback

Pages: 307

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Series: Sky Chasers book 1

Buy this Book: Amazon

From 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


I must admit that I was kind of hesitant to read Glow and I kept putting it off because I had read some reviews comparing this book to Across the Universe, which I had read last year and I thought it was ok but just not for me.  But I also heard a lot of amazing things about this book so I decided to give it a chance and I’m really glad that I did, this book is wonderful.

In Glow we follow fifteen year old Waverly, who has lived her entire life aboard ‘The Empyrean’, a ship that’s en route to a destination in which they call ‘New Earth’.  The first years on the ship were hard, there was infertility in the women and no one was able to conceive.  Scientists aboard the ship corrected the problem and a new generation was born, but in order for the mission to continue, the young generation has to marry and have kids as soon as they are old enough, which in this world are mid teens and it seems like everyone expects Waverly to marry Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be.  Everyone except Waverly. 

When the ship that was dispatched a year ahead of them, the New Horizon makes itself known, everything changes.  The women aboard the New Horizon can’t get pregnant and in order to not go extinct, they need help from the Empyrean.  But it’s not the kind of help the Captain will allow, so they take matters into their own hands. 

Waverly is a great leader and she really gets put to the test in this book.  When things go wrong she really steps up to the plate and tries to make things right, even when they seem impossible.  She also realizes that not everything on her ship was perfect.  Kieran is smart and tough, and even though he was preparing to be the captain he didn’t expect it to happen this soon.  I’m still not sure what to think about Seth, sometimes I liked him and sometimes I didn’t, maybe I’ll make up my mind about him in the next book.

Glow is an exciting and gripping read that you will not want to put down.  Ms. Ryan’s writing is flawless and I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book.


‘My mind wants something trivial, he told himself.  I don’t want to think about what’s happening in reality.  I’d rather invent petty little love triangles’

“You’ll regret this,” Waverly told Mather, her voice trembling.  “I’m going to make you suffer.”




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