Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Series: Sky Chasers #1
Expected Publication:
September 13th 2011
Format: ARC
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I received this ARC through GoodReads First Reads in exchange for an honest review. Thank You.
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.

This book came to me with the promise that it would be just as good or better than The Hunger Games series, so I admit it, I was super excited with this dystopian story. But after reading more than sixty pages the only thing I could think about was to finish the book… It's sad to say but I wasn't enjoying it at all. Why?

The first thing that made me doubt about this book was the story. If you had the opportunity to read Across the Universe by Beth Revis, you will find a lot of similarities in both of them. A spaceship, people living imprisoned inside metal walls, a really long trip to a new land, no communication with planet Earth, etc. But hey, maybe you are thinking, I like that stuff, it sound awesome. Yes, it is. It sounds good, and it was good… But the problem is that when I read Across the Universe, I was waiting for more from the story, and I finished a little bit disappointed… and this book, Glow, remembered me those things I didn't enjoy from Beth Revis' book. It was like a second part with different characters. Even the way the story is told is similar. 
(But of course, the main idea of the story is different. After a few pages after the beginning the story goes for different path. So Glow doesn't have any frozen girl) 

Second. The way the story is told was other reason why I didn't enjoy it. I'm used to read books of  any kind of perspective, but in this one, the author doesn't make you feel like you are important to the story, she doesn't make you feel part of it. You're only a watcher, you can't interfer, you can't feel the pain of the characters, or their suffering or their happiness. So that is why I saw the characters so plain and the story so lack of emotions. 

Even though the book was good, I just couldn't get into the story. I really wanted to like this book, and I tried really hard, but It was impossible for me. Maybe this book wasn't my type at all. So, if you liked Beth Revis' book, and you want to give this one a try, just do it, maybe you would like Glow more than I did, and maybe you will find the things I didn't.


Amy Kathleen Ryan is a graduate of the New School Creative Writing Program. She lives in Colorado. Visit her website at:

1 comment:

  1. That's a tad bit disappointing. I had this on my TBR but I've heard mixed reviews about it, so I'm not sure if it will stay there now.

    - Amanda


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