Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Available 3rd October 2011
What's it about?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.
When I first heard about this book months ago I just knew it would be my 'thing' I love YA, I love fantasy, I love Sci-fi and I'm extremely interested in astronomy and space travel (I love the show The Universe!) and this ticks all those boxes. So, did I love it? Oh yes! I was hooked after a few pages and after the part one (There are five) I was addicted.
There are a lot of twists in this book that kept me guessing and all the characters were wonderful, I really liked Waverley, I thought she made a great leader, she was brave and strong and didn't give up and she did what she had to do. I thought Kieran and Seth were really interesting, one thing that was really intriguing about this book is that everyone thinks they are doing the right thing and it's hard to tell who the bad guys really are, though some are a little crazier than most!
I also liked that the author obviously did her homework and the aspects of space and space travel were realistic, it made the book more believeable.
The story itself was well thought out and clever and made for exciting reading, I didn't want it to end. Talking of the end, it's left on a bit of a cliff with lots of clues that might happen next that will keep me guessing until I get my hands on the next book.
My thoughts on the cover:
I really like it, on the back is the same picture of a guy which I think is really cool because it shows really well the distance between Waverley and Kieran during the book. I love the purple and blue colours of the nebula, and the stars and the eclipse for the 'O' I do think the girl looks a little weird, I'm can't figure out why, I think her chin is to long and pointy lol