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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
  • 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 (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on April 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition

Sometimes a fictional world comes along that is so magnetic I never want leave it. I find myself sneaking peeks to see how many pages are left, and if I've made it to the 2/3 mark, that's when the panic attack sets in and I wonder how life will have meaning once I reach The End. Glow is such a book. Luckily, it's the first in a trilogy, so I can save my withdrawal issues for book three.

So what makes the Sky Chasers universe so captivating?

First, the set-up: The Empyrean and the New Horizon are two spaceships on a decades long mission to colonize a far-distant planet, New Earth. Sent from the dying Earth, they are humanity's last hope--they are also, suddenly, at WAR with each other. Yep. Human nature is very much alive in these pages--an evil beast clawing at all that is hopeful and delicate about itself. Here we have an Ark full of precious ecosystems, invaluable technological innovations, and the human geniuses who will shape the future--and just as it has always been, the flood that ruins it all is completely man-made. The powerful, greedy, despicable few destroy everything that was built by the faithful many. Even in space, the problem of megalomaniacs can be a real bitch.

Meet Anne Mather, the second reason I devoured Sky Chasers. A villain I love to hate?--oh no, it goes light-years beyond that! See, while concealed in this nasty pink nebula, Mather and her crew ambush the Empyrean and board them by force, an attack that kills almost all of the adult Empyreans on board. Yep again. Almost half of humanity's last hope was just shot point-blank or sucked out an air lock. And why? So Mather can kidnap the young Empyrean females and harvest their eggs against their will!
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39 of 46 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. 9 Fingers on June 11, 2013
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This book is a nice science fiction story with enough excitement to make you anxious to continue reading, but with enough character development and thoughtful moral anbiguity to appeal to the cerebral side of any enthusiast of the genre.

I don't want to say too much, but the novel has charismatic young leads that remind me of the young main characters of the Hunger Games. Also, the ethical meat of the story gives the entire work the feel of the older science fiction writers (Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut [think Harrison Bergeron], etc.).

I rarely say this, but it would be great if they made a movie out of this story as long as they kept the intellectual material and didn't sacrifice it to give more screen time to over-the-top special effects.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LynnDell P. Watson on July 22, 2014
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Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan is well written and full of intrigue, suspense and science fiction. Pastor Anne Mather reminds me of Professor Dolores Umbridge, from the Harry Potter series, because of the simpering niceness she displays to hide her calculating ugliness. The twisting plot is unpredictable and emotional. I am looking forward to reading Spark, the next book in the Sky Chasers series!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pam van vleet on June 18, 2014
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Well written and great story. Looking forward to the next book. I give it 5 stars. Go buy this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sarah brown on October 5, 2013
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Sit down and buckle up, and get set for a ride into outer space.
Having never really read anything Sci-Fi before, and not knowing what to expect but really liking the synopsis, I was quite excited to read this book.
You're instantly transported to a spacecraft called the Empyrean, which is headed to New Earth after the Earth we know is no longer hospitable.
We find the two eldest teenagers on the ship Waverly and Kieran (also the first kids born in space), and the book starts off with them getting engaged.
Being a small population aboard the ship at 16 I guess you could say they're expected to marry and produce children almost straight away to increase the population.
Meanwhile outside their ship is another spacecraft called New Horizon, no one aboard Empyrean knows what they want.
It turns out that there are no kids aboard New Horizon because every female is infertile, so they manage to get aboard Empyrean and convince all the girls (by lying to them) to climb aboard their ship.
Straight away Waverly knows there is something funny going on so we are with her on New Horizon trying to figure out how to escape, while on board Empyrean her fiancee Kieran and another boy Seth who has been in love with Waverly for years fight to save their ship (which was partly destroyed when people from New Horizon forced there way on board) and to try and rescue Waverly and the other girls.
And we have people onboard both ships that you just know are going to end up being bad people.
But all in all we have a fantastic story that has plenty of action, shocks and a love triangle I can't wait to read about in future books (just so you know I'm rooting for Waverly and Seth).
A big thanks to the author Amy who's opened my eyes to reading outside my usual genres, and for getting me to try something different.
I cannot wait for the next book in the series
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