Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Written By: Kellie - Jan• 14•12

glowSynopsis: 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. -Goodreads

Review: I really enjoyed this story. I’ve always been a big fan of sci-fi in tv shows, but it’s rare for me to find sci-fi I can really get into in books. Glow was just my kind of story. It had a great back history, interesting characters, cool technology and most importantly, a great plot.

Waverly (great name, btw) lives on a ship, sent out from Earth to settle a new colony. After 40+ of peacefully traveling across the stars, chaos strikes her home. The conflict is great. Sci-fi is about possibilities for the future, and when your future is in danger, you don’t need aliens or time-machines to stir things up.

One aspect I really appreciated is the a-typical setup of the love triangle. I don’t want to give anything away though because it really is a refreshing change.

If your unsure about sci-fi, but a fan of dystopia, I suggest you make the leap and read Glow. There are great dystopian elements here that tie in nicely with the futuristic setting. Combined (along with Amy Kathleen Ryan’s writing style), you have a book that stands out from the pack of YA reads

Buy the book @Amazon (US)  @ Amazon (Canada)

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@The Book Smugglers
@So Little Time for Books
@YA Reads

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