Title: Glow (The Sky Chasers book 1)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Age Group: High schoolers and up
My Rating: 2.5/4 stars
Synopsis: “If a sudden attack destroyed the only world you’d ever known, would you be brave enough to save who was left? Would love be strong enough to survive the fight? Either way, there’s no turning back.
The Empyrean is the only home fifteen-year-old Waverly has ever known. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend, Kieran, will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. Everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Still, there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage, and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth. Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable—a violent betrayal by the Empyrean’s sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon\s leaders are desperate to populate the new planet first, and will do anything to get what they need: young girls. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and they find themselves at the helms of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.”
I have so much to say about this book! Let me get my thoughts in order by talking a bit about the plot. I expected this story to be pretty romancey, something that made me hesitate to read it at all. There was certainly some mention of this, but it honestly wasn’t central to the main plot at all, something that I really appreciated. The main thing I loved about this book was the feel of it. I would describe it as Star Trek with teenagers, along with an added dose of intensity.
Now, let me say that the author is quite talented. She is wonderful at explaining things and making you feel part of the experience. Sometimes, this realness was almost too real. The intensity was not something I liked about the book, but I will admit that it did its job well.
The ideas in this book are really what made me keep reading. It brought up so many topics, from space travel to human rights, to justice, and even religion. However, I think bringing some of these things up, specifically where religion is concerned, was unnecessary. As I said before, the author managed to make this book an engaging read (though I wouldn’t call it action-packed as some of the reviews suggested).
One good thing I would love to point out about this book is the interesting characters. I wasn’t initially sure how I was going to say this, but I saw a quote on the cover of the book that I think explains it well: “With a compelling plot and complicated characters you love to hate and hate to love, Glow will capture readers.”
Despite some choices made by the author, that I am not in full support of, I did enjoy reading it and don’t regret being able to review it. However, I most likely won’t continue reading the series.