Review: Glow

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: September 13th 2011
Pages: 307
Copy Type: ARC
Book Received By: RAK
Genre: Science Fiction
Sub-Genres: Romance, Adventure
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Synopsis 


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.

I usually have a very difficult time reading Science fiction but right away Glow caught my attention. Right from the first chapter the book is full of action and there is never a dull moment. Glow follows a young couple, Waverly and Kieran as Waverly is separated from her ship to New Earth and taken to the companion ship. The story goes back in forth between both teen’s struggles and accomplishments to get back to each other.

My favorite part of this story is the science fiction aspect of the entire story and how real the circumstances really felt. The plan to find a new earth seems like a possible future and I love the thought that went into the story.

The romance in this book seemed very second priority for this book at it seemed to be marketed as a romance story when it seemed that Science fiction seems like a more fitting. The romance also seemed very under developed and there was little reasoning to why the two teens were a couple in the first place.

This book did a very nice job showing differencing opinions on religion and the conflict between the opposing beliefs on religion. 

Review Summery: This book was a very nice science fiction read though it did lack good developed romance. 

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