Title: Glow (Sky Chasers #1)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Release Date: 7th October 2011
Read it in: 1 week *only read it for about 3 days though*
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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.
Glow is the most riveting series debut since The Hunger Games, and promises to thrill and challenge readers of all ages.
Before I begin this review, can I just point out the beauty of the cover! I mean, the female on the front, and the male on the back are beautiful. The stars are perfect as well, very pretty – just very girly. I spoke about my opinions of the cover in Cover Wars (link here) so you can check them out, this allows me to move onto my opinions of the book!
Firstly Waverly, aged 15, is the oldest female child on the ship. She is also going out with the oldest male child, Kieran Alden, aged 16. They are the two oldest children on the Empyrean and everything is okay, until Kieran proposed to her. Things started to change there and then, and Waverly’s destiny came into focus – to have children. When you’re living on a space ship, heading towards a new planet to populate and live on since your old planet is dying, your purpose is to have children, and keep the human kind alive. But being proposed to at 15? Well, that’s too much for any female, I’m sure.
Secondly, can you imagine being separated from your family and any and all male companions at 15 and younger? I certainly can’t so reading as the girls were torn away from their families was heart breaking. Amy definitely got my emotions stirred. I felt sorry for the characters, more so because from the start I didn’t believe Anne Mather. Though I still don’t know how I feel about Captain Jones.. Amy Kathleen made me change my mind about many of these characters many times during this book, occasionally I was even on Anne Mather’s side! I feel horrible about that now.
The actual story lines were interesting. I must say I enjoyed Kieran’s story line a lot more, but that’s because they had no adults, the boys were alone. When they finally got the adults back, they were left alone again when they died. So really, it was really these boys alone, throughout most of the book. I felt sorry for Seth, and I quite like him still, so I’ll be interested to see where Seth goes in the next book. I have a thing for liking the bad guys, and my eyes Seth is definitely a bad guy!
At some points in this book, it could have been considered a little dark, so I think it’s definitely a book for teenagers (13+) but then again, if kids under 13 are reading Darren Shan (and they are!) then they can read Glow without having nightmares.