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Glow (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.
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. Such character wasn't some religious bigot before, nor did he think he had insight into God's mind, but after spending a month starving, the voice he heard in his head, the one that at first was his parents telling him it'd be ok, then was his girlfriend's telling him she'd join him again turned into a faceless voice. A voice that told him he'd be ok, that promised him freedom and everything he wanted. Surely, then, it must've been the voice of God. Except wasn't it just a voice in his head caused by prolonged starvation? I think this was a genius approach to the matter, and although I won't comment further so as to not cause any religious debate, let's just say I agree fully with this book.
Anyway, no matter what you take away from this review, bottom line is: pick this book up now and read it. Seriously. You're going to love it.
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.
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It was okay. I didn't necessarily read the whole thing, I pretty much stopped a little over halfway.Read more
The storyline moved along very smoothly and the characters were very well developed.Read more
Glow is my first step into the mix of Young Adult fiction and space, and I can tell it's a pretty good start.Read more