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“Our favorite part: You're never quite sure who to trust in this book. Each character has, at the very least, dual motives, which makes for a super-exciting plot... Plus, the mysterious ending left us anxious for the next installment! You'll love it if you love futuristic post-apocalyptic stories, like The Hunger Games!” –

“No less than the fate of humanity is at stake in Amy Kathleen Ryan's rich and emotional sci-fi tale... an entertaining read featuring hairy action sequences and a female antagonist on par with the literary likes of Nurse Ratched and Dolores Umbridge.” – USA Today

“The opening salvo in a promising series.” – People Magazine

“Told in alternating viewpoints by Waverly and her fiancé, Kieran, this swift-moving epic is filled with plot twists and enigmatic characters… Fans of the Hunger Games series will zip through and clamor for the next installment.” – Booklist

“Ryan has created a fascinating and thrilling story that is sure to captivate teens. The themes of survival, morality, religion, and power are well developed, and the characters are equally complex. The author has also created a unique and vivid outer-space setting that is exciting and easy to imagine. This gripping first installment is difficult to put down, and successfully sets the stage for the rest of the series.” – School Library Journal (starred)

"Utterly engrossing. Dinner went uncooked, children were left to fend for themselves, and dog howled all night, because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN." – Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of ttyl and Shine

“Glow captivated me from start to finish. The action-packed narrative and the characters’ struggle to survive without losing their humanity make for a compelling read.” – Alexandra Adornetto, New York Times bestselling author of Halo

“Waverly's initiative and intellect ensure that even as a prisoner she is far from a damsel in distress.... Desire to find out which of the proactive characters' bold moves end in disaster will leave readers clamoring for the next installment of this space saga.” – Kirkus Reviews

“GLOW has an ingenious, twisty, heart-stopping plot, and characters that are in turns both sympathetic and sinister all the way to the last page – I don’t know who I can trust, and I love it!” – Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the WAKE trilogy

"With a compelling plot and complicated characters you love to hate and hate to love, Glow will capture readers." – April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen and Learning to Fly

"Glow has it all – intrigue, action, suspense and romance set against a jaw-dropping futuristic backdrop.  Amy Kathleen Ryan has woven a thought-provoking and compelling novel that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. I couldn't!  This is a thrilling read.” – Courtney Summers, author of Fall for Anything and Cracked up to Be



About the Author

Amy Kathleen Ryan earned an MA in English Literature at the University of Vermont, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School Creative Writing for Children Program in New York City. She is also the author of two widely acclaimed young adult novels, Zen and Xander Undone and Vibes.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Series: Sky Chasers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312590563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312590567
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Rinehart VINE VOICE on July 26, 2011
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The back blurb for this book was pretty dreadfull. Basically it sounded like a story of a boy and girl, in love, before political turmoil between generation ships separates them.

The real story is so much more. If had to sum it up, I'd say it was a dystopian space opera with a dash of Orwellian horror.

Waverly loves Kieran. Kieran loves Waverly.

As the two oldest of the children born on the spaceschip Empyrean, they are a natural match for each other and when Kieran asks Waverly to marry him in the first chapter of the book, she accepts, with reservations. She isn't sure that the love she feels for him is true love or friendship. But her duty is clear as a colonist of New Earth (that's where the ship is heading, the new planet) to have children and work and Kieran is as good a husband as any girl could expect.

But something unforseen has happened that has Kieran, Waverly and indeed every person on the Empyrean feeling uneasy. Their sister ship, The New Horizon has pulled alongside them. The New Horizon set out from earth a full year before the Empyrean did, so they have never flown alongside each other, it would be an impossibility for the Empyrean to ever catch up with the New Horizon so there is only explanation, the New Horizon slowed down to meet them. The question is, why?

The reason becomes clear in a horrifying instant when the New Horizon boards and attacks. Waverly and all the other girls, some of them toddlers are 'evacuated' to the New Horizon and thus starts their terrifying adventure.

Many secrets are revealed, such as;

Why did the New Horizon attack?

Why are women of the New Horizon infertile?

How did Waverly's father die?
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Megan @ Book Brats on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
GLOW was a book where the cover and synopsis had been hooked. I put other books aside to read it. They say don't judge a book on its cover, but I did anyway, and this was one of the few cases where I ended up being disappointed. This review has taken me several hours to write, something so unusual for me, because it alternated between being a great book for me and pissing me off.

Many YA books recently have tackled religion as a key plot point. GLOW's depiction of Christianity was what almost ruined this book for me. It was almost a fallacy, using Christianity as an excuse for evil actions. The antagonist of this story is the Pastor/leader of the other ship, the New Horizon. They come to the Empyrean, home of our protagonist Waverly, and kidnap all the girls to solve their fertility issues while sabotaging the ship, killing the adults, and leaving the boys to run the ship once the remaining adults sacrifice themselves to prevent a meltdown.

There is a love triangle in this book, but not so much instalove - it has been set up that Waverly and Kieran were a couple beforehand, more so out of expectation than true love. At the beginning their relationship is almost refreshing, showing Waverly's doubts about their relationship but setting up a scenario that is believable. However, Kieran becomes increasingly week and possibly a little unstable (crazy). The other love interest, Seth, is just purely insane. His methods are sadistic and his excuses are lies. He beats, tortures, imprisons, and almost kills people. Of course, it is expected that Waverly will pick one by the end, but I honestly think she shouldn't based on book one.

What saves this book? The writing. I am honestly not one for frilly, overwrought literature.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kirSiobhan on September 14, 2011
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I've heard this book is being compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent, and that is what originally made me pick it up. I *loved* those two books. This one, however, left me... bored and annoyed. If you're looking for the next Hunger Games, this isn't it.

The overall concept sounded very exciting and original: Two gigantic space ships that are capable of sustaining life for an 80+ year voyage are launched from Earth and sent to colonize a new planet. After 43 years, the two ships meet up in the middle of a nebula, the crew from one ship boards the other by force, steals all their female children (including the toddlers) and then leaves the other ship drifting in space with nothing but teenage boys to man it.

The plot definitely had my attention and I was all settled in for a great read, but about four chapters in I was starting to wonder where this was going. By separating the boys and girls, you start to get a bit of a Lord of the Flies situation going on one ship, with the boys turning on eachother in bewildering and unrealistic ways, while the girls on the other ship are basically resisting assimilation into a cult. That could have been interesting in itself, but instead it just gave me the creeps.

I think overall this book lacked balance. In the Hunger Games or Divergent, I was able to forget that the main characters were teenagers. I got swept up in the story and just enjoyed the ride. With this book, however, I never forgot for a moment that these were supposed to be 15 & 16 year old kids and it just made it feel... wrong. The heaviness of the plot was never lifted with any moments of levity and hope; it was just dreary and aggravating from start to finish, and there was a lot of ant-religious undertone that surprised me as well.
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