Sunday, 20 January 2013

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan Title: Glow
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publisher: Macmillan
Rating: 5/5 stars


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. On board 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.

(From Goodreads)

 My thoughts:

I received this book from the publisher Macmillan to review. This book is the first in the "Sky Chasers" series by Amy Kathleen Ryan. It is a science fiction/distopian novel with a twist of adventure and romance. The story revolves around the two main characters: Waverly and Kieran, who are a couple in love that reside on a ship called the Empyrean
The book is split into several parts from when Waverly is kidnapped. It will go from her perspective and switch to Kieran's after a fair amount of chapters. 
There are various characters involved. Apart from the main two, you have the captains of both ships, the parents of Waverly and Kieran, and their friends. 
I really liked the characters of Waverly and Kieran. I thought Waverly to be a very strong character, and I admired her decisions. Kieran I had complete belief in, especially when the boys of his ship were turning against him, he never gave up. I really disliked the captain of the New Horizon. Amy designed the character so well. She was evil, she was cruel, and only a few girls that were kidnapped could see through her malicious mind. 
I thought the storyline was really good. I was interested throughout, and didn't want to put the book down. It was simply amazing, and I can't wait to read the sequel because the ending of the book leaves me wanting more. 
I think the cover design to this edition is absolutely gorgeous. I love how all the colours mingle together and fit perfectly, and it really draws your attention to the book.
Overall, I'm going to give this book five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the general storyline, I loved the characters and believed them all. My emotions were drawn in from the beginning, and I will most definitely read this book again one day. I recommend to anyone, especially if you are interested in science fiction and distopian novels.

Happy reading =)


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