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Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
pages: 307
publication date: September 27 2011

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

It always makes me nervous when authors compare themselves to The Hunger Games series. The Hunger Games is an amazing series and when they compare themselves to it, they put high expectations on themselves and then readers compare it to The Hunger Games.
I went into this book with high expectations, I have wanted to read this book for a long time and when I finally got my hands on a copy I was thrilled. I started it and had to keep putting it down and picking it up. It didn’t capture my attention for long. And it was a good book but for some reason I just couldn’t read the whole thing in one sitting.
I loved the whole dystopian ship in space thing. It kind of reminded me a lot like Across the Universe. I loved the love triangle and the twists that came while reading it. There were times when I felt like grabbing a hold of Kieran and Seth’s neck. It took all the will power I had not to throw the book across the room.
I loved Waverly’s character, she was sweet and brave and she put herself through a whole lot of pain just to save her mom and all the girls that got captured. I really felt the character’s sadness and pain in the book. The characters were very easy to relate to and I did cringe at some parts I felt like I was one of them.
The hardship that the girls and boys had to endure was just unbearable. It was so surreal and I can hardly imagining that happening much less having to live it. I read a lot of dystopian novels and after each book I sit back and think to myself will this really happen in the future? Will we have to go through this? We’d probably be dead before any of this would happen, but it’s still something to think about.
I give Glow 4 well deserved stars. I can’t wait to read the second one and I will have to check out her other books.

4/5 stars


AMY said...

Thanks for the review! For the record, I didn't compare GLOW to the Hunger Games, my publisher did, with the hope it would sell more copies. Like most authors, I prefer not to be compared to other writers at all.

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