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Glow: Book One of the Sky Chasers Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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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!” ―Seventeen.com
“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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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.
I think the biggest thing I liked about Glow is that it felt truly original. I have not read anything else like it, nor have I read anything with a story slightly like it. It kept me on my toes because I had no idea what to expect.
I really liked this book, and when I run into other people who have read it, the consensus seems to be either you love it or you don’t, but I definitely loved it. I don’t think the summary really does this book justice, because I think this story is so much deeper than what it seems to be. When I first started to read Glow, I admit I was very cautious because the way it started I almost felt as if it had a religious agenda. After I got into it a bit I was glad to see that, that was not the case.
So earth is uninhabitable, and whoever is left on earth sent out two giant space ships (years apart) to go to “new earth, which will take them 40 something years to reach.
These spaceships are HUGE, like the Noah’s Arc of space ships! They have animals, farms, habitats with multiple ecosystems,…I am talking huge! The first spaceship is the more “religious” spaceship, and their leader is a Pastor, and our second spaceship is the one our main character Waverly is on. Its not that they are atheist, they just aren’t religion driven / based. Their leader is a captain. (I’m sure you can see now why I thought that they were either going to make the religious people or our agnostic people “the bad guys”.. but it really didn’t work out that way. So to make a long story short, and trying not to give too much away, there was a problem with conceiving children in space. A problem that our spaceship solved, and the other didn’t, needless to say, the other spaceship was not happy. They slowed down and caught up with us, attacked and kidnapped our girls…. I don’t want to give too much away but what they did with them, I guarantee you would not guess!
You will have to read Glow to see what happened to the girls. Will they be able to escape and get back to their loved one on their spaceship?
I got my hands on this book just a few days before Katie. I soooo remember calling up Katie about halfway through and saying that it had just turned crazy and it was a book about God and Jesus in disguise. I felt like I had been duped! I'm okay with books with religious context but like to know it before I start reading. I did jump to some conclusions and the book did take a direction that I wasn't expecting.
I am in the "love" category on this one. I like that they are in outer space on a ship which poses problems and issues all on it's own. This book seems to be the beginning of a love-triangle type conflict. But unlike Bella from Twilight, Waverly is a tough girl. She is the oldest female child on the ship (15 years old). I just could not even possibly imagine being in her shoes and everything she goes through.
I like that the POV changes between chapters and we the opportunity to see events that could have been missed from a one-character POV.
There are 2 more books in this series. I'm hooked.
Ok so what changed. I have wrote up a few different reviews and eded up deleting them. I don't like to giveaway spoilers and this is a really hard book to review. I have upped my rating for this from a 2 to a 3. I think the schools could use this one for a replacement for The Lord of the Flies. (ugh book that one) as it has some of the same social issues.
This book teaches the horrors of pretending to be god as well as pretending to be gods messenger. That although I understand the point of Kieran's services was to bring the kids together and to make them a community. I think he could have left religion out of it all together. He didn't need to travel down that path of no return.
This is a mash up of religion running a muck.
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