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Glow

by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Rated: Moderate

Waverly has lived on the life-giving space shuttle the Empyrean her entire life. Never having known Earth, she does know that she and her fellow passengers are destined to create a new home for humankind. She knows that it is her duty to get married, soon, and have babies so that their new Earth can be peopled. What Waverly isn’t expecting is for the Empyrean to be invaded, and, terrifyingly, she is separated from both her mother and her boyfriend, Kieran. Without adults to help them, both Waverly and Kieran are going to have to step up and figure out how not only to find each other again, but to lead their own peers in a race against time and space.

Lots of possibilities, this one — all the elements for an awesome book are present. Most of the book switches between two story lines, one of which is very Lord of the Flies-esque, and part of my problem was that I didn’t feel particularly close to any of the characters. I didn’t know Waverly enough to know if she was capable of the things she does, so that made me have a hard time believing it. I did appreciate the fact that she is a strong female character — but I can’t compare her to the Katniss of the first Hunger Games book because we don’t get to see enough of a character arc.

This isn’t to say that it’s a dull ride, because it’s not. It has its action-packed moments — there’s gore and violence and things to uncover. The plot is very intriguing and I was certainly engaged in the story — it’s just that there is so much telling and not showing, so much “science fiction” jargon and obvious happenings thrown into my face that I felt I was getting sold something that wasn’t completely authentic. There is also a religious element to it that sometimes grated on me — it’s hard for me to tell where Ryan is going to take that in the next book.

I feel I am being too hard on it. Maybe my expectations were too high. Chances are, if you like young adult science fiction and don’t mind it being pretty violent, this one will be fine for you.

Rated: Moderate for some pretty violent and upsetting moments, moderate and mild language use, and non-graphic teen sex

— Reviewed by Corinne Edwards

Corinne Edwards is always happiest when a book is in her hand. If her current read needs to be closed for a short time, either in her backpack while she leads her three rambunctious children on adventures, or on her nightstand while she sleeps, that's okay too. Her book thoughts and reviews land at her bookish blog, The Book Nest.

One Response to Glow

  1. Connie says:

    Great!

    Heres my review:
    This is a very fast paced book. A story set in the future, at a time when the earth is dying, two space ships have been launched to the same destination but initially within different time frames. Both ships have fertility problems on board, one overcomes them, the other does not. One ship is religious, the other is not. Conflict arises and when the two ships meet up chaos arises.

    I think this book would be better suited to older teenagers as there are some adult themes in it and some rather dark things do happen, which I found a little disturbing.

    What I also did not like was how difficult situations often bought out the worst in the characters in the book, rather than the best in them. At first I thought Seth and Kieran would turn out to be good characters, but in the end was less sure of them both.

    The strongest and best character in the book by far was the girl Waverly, who I found myself rooting for.

  • Glow
  • by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Rated: Moderate
  • Genre: Young adult
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