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Monday, November 14, 2011

Book Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)

Synopsis (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.

My Thoughts:  I didn't love this book however I didn't absolutely hate it either.  Would I read it again?  Not a chance.  I'm not quite sure how to write this review so there's your warning.

Keiran and Waverly are your typical teens in love.  Well, except that they are on a spaceship heading towards a new earth so they can help repopulate it.  However, before the Empyrean can reach the new earth, the New Horizon, a sister ship to the Empyrean, overtakes it and kidnaps all the girls after they get rid of all the adults.

There were a lot of parts in this story that were just unbelievable and didn't flow well for me.  I mean, for instance, why did all the adults tell the kids to hide and yet not one adult stayed with them or hid themselves.  I am all for courageous people here but c'mon...we all know that there would have been at lease one or two cowards hiding not to mention the fact that at least one adult should have stayed to protect the children.  It was just a little off to me.

The book also started off slow for me.  It took me quite awhile to get into it despite the action when the New Horizon overtook the Empyrean.  After the slow start, the book turned extremely dark.  I mean, really dark, in my opinion.  You've got sexual violence, people being drugged, surgeries without consent and of course, murder. 

So, I didn't care for this book but that's not to say you won't.  I just suggest maybe getting it from the library or borrowing it from a friend first.  I really thought I was going to enjoy it but was disappointed all the way around. 

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