Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: Glow

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Glow (Sky Chasers #1) by Amy Kathleen Ryan is an adventurous YA tale with murder, mystery and intrigue set in the dark depths of space. Glow is the story of the Empyrean, a self-sufficient space ship traveling hundreds of years from a broken Earth to a place called New Earth. The Empyrean is traveling a few years behind its sister ship, the New Horizon. When the Empyrean catches up to their sister ship, everyone on board knows that something is a about to happen.

The main characters of the story are teenagers Kieran and Waverly. They are in love and plan to get married soon because in space, fertility is fleeting and young women must decide early to have children. The only way the space journey can continue to New Earth is to produce the next generation. Waverly and Kieran's plans are disrupted when the New Horizon becomes less of a sister ship and more of an enemy. As you get further along in the story, though, that label becomes more obscure.

This book has an exciting pace and makes to want to keep reading more. It also touches on a wide range of issues, from fertility to the effects of religion and beyond. Although its targeted to the YA market, anyone who loves a good plot and vibrant characters will want to read it. It does, however, leave the end of the story a little lacking. But don't fret—the second book in the series called Spark is expected to be released July 2012.

*Reviewer received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads

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