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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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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 (199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Glow (don't let the cutesy name fool you, there's craziness to go around in this book) starts with Kieran and Waverly, two teenagers aboard the spaceship called Empyrean, whose mission is to traverse space to New Earth from the old, dying Earth they left behind. Whilst crossing a nebula, however, they're attacked by the other ship that left Earth a year before them, the New Horizon. They kidnap all the young girls, including Waverly, and kill some people in the process. It falls to Kieran and to Waverly to fix the whole situation, kilometers away from each other in deep space.

That synopsis up there makes no justice to this book. Really, the story is so engrossing and the characters so interesting there's never a moment of boredom. You think you know who the bad guys are, how it's going to end, what's going to happen, but turns out you're wrong. It's not that there were twists, properly speaking. I don't know, some people may think of the shifts in the plot as twists, but they were so subtle and fluid I just saw them as the new destination the narrative was taking.

I think you can safely say that a book is well written when you hate the characters the writer meant for you to hate, feel for the ones the writer wants you to feel for and when the plot is so intense you're capable of being enthralled even when nothing action-y is happening. This is the case here, only there's a catch when it comes to knowing which character to suspect: you can't know for sure. Some characters go through life changing ordeals throughout the book that changes their outlook on life, and that also changes their attitude and the way you think of them.

Also, I thought it was really interesting how Amy Ryan approached the subject of a self proclaimed messiah.
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