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Review + GIVEAWAY: “Glow (Sky Chasers #1)” by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Hardcover, 307 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Review copy from publisher.
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Description from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve spent hours trying to figure out the best way to describe “Glow”, not because it’s bad but because it’s fantastic. I went in to “Glow” not sure if I was going to like it. In the end? I loved it. Amy Kathleen Ryan has crafted a wonderful story. As the reader, you feel for both Waverly and Kieran. Is “Glow” like the “The Hunger Games”? No. Is it as gripping as “The Hunger Games”? Without a doubt, yes.

What’s terrific about “Glow” is that its different, it’s original. Ryan has created this believable world with characters you want to see succeed…well, most of them. When something terrible happens to them, you feel it. Take for example during the attack from New Horizon. When the people, only able to defend themselves with gardening tools, tried to protect their children, you feel hope for them even though you know it won’t end well. Yet you can’t keep from reading. You need to know what will happen next. You need to know if they’ll succeed even though the odds are against them.

“Glow” is a story told through the eyes of Waverly and Kieran. It takes place long after Earth is inhabitable, forcing people to live aboard ships until they reach New Earth. They haven’t lived on a planet in years. The children on the Empyrean ship don’t know much of Earth, only that their parents refuse to talk about it. For the most part, life on the Empyrean ship is simple. It is expected that Waverly and Kieran will get married (although they are both young) before he even proposes. Waverly knows what is expected of her, she knows that she is to marry and have children – it’s her duty aboard the Empyrean ship, but she feels as though she’s too young. Before she has the chance to clearly think over what she is to do, there is an attack on the Empyrean ship by the New Horizon ship.

During the attack, the New Horizon crew takes the girls (all of them) hostage from the Empyrean ship. This is where I avoid spoilers as the story really starts to build from here. There is abuse. There is deception. There is the questioning of loyalty. There is kindness. There is strength. There is everything you need in a story to keep you interested. It’s ultimately a story about human strength: what are you willing to endure to assure you survive? It’s the perfect start to a trilogy.

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According to Amazon & Barnes and Noble: “This title will be released on September 13, 2011.” — A little earlier than the September 27th release date.

Now, onto the giveaway. The lovely people at St Martin’s accidentally sent me two ARC’s of “Glow”. Since I have no use for two of them, I’m going to give the second one away.

Here are the rules:

  • US Only (Sorry, shipping is too much outside the US!)
  • One Entry Per Person
  • Must Be 13 Years Or Older
  • Contest Policy Here

How do you enter?

Leave a comment with the following: name, twitter name, and e-mail. You must also answer the following question in your comment: What other books has Amy Kathleen Ryan written?

The giveaway will run from 8/17/11-8/31/11! The winner will be chosen at Random (using and then announced on the blog & Twitter!