Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Characters: 4
Cover: 4
Plot: 4
Setting: 3
Writing: 4

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Out in the murky nebula lurks an unseen enemy: the New Horizon. On its way to populate a distant planet in the wake of Earth's collapse, the ship's crew has been unable to conceive a generation to continue its mission. They need young girls desperately, or their zealous leader's efforts will fail. Onboard their sister ship, the Empyrean, the unsuspecting families don't know an attack is being mounted that could claim the most important among them...

Fifteen-year-old Waverly is part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space; she was born on the Empyrean, and the large farming vessel is all she knows. Her concerns are those of any teenager—until Kieran Alden proposes to her. The handsome captain-to-be has everything Waverly could ever want in a husband, and with the pressure to start having children, everyone is sure he's the best choice. Except for Waverly, who wants more from life than marriage—and is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

But when the Empyrean faces sudden attack by their assumed allies, they quickly find out that the enemies aren't all from the outside.

Okay, before I say anything that's—you know—useful, I just want to brag—even though it's not an accomplishment, I just feel very happy today—that I managed to write down Amy Kathleen Ryan's full name without forgetting any of it. I finished this book like months ago, and I just managed to remember her full name. I read some author's books and a few hours afterwards I just forget who the author was. But I remembered this one and I'm really happy.

I've finished freaking out, for any of those who were wondering. Now I shall set to work on the cover. I didn't actually mean to read this, but I mistook it for another equally great book and decided to get it. Now, the book I had meant to be hunting down didn't look anything at all like this cover and I was left thinking that that had been a very stupid decision. But I still really liked this book! ;)

I think the plot was really great, and for once the heroine, Waverly, already had a boyfriend, Kieran, who was definitely swoon-worthy. And, from the summary, there's Seth. Romance wasn't the biggest aspect of this book—and I hope it is in the next one—because Waverly was obviously captured and taken aboard another ship. (Oops, spoiler alert! Ah, too late now.) I didn't actually get to decide who I liked better, but I really hope I develop a crush in this book. But then again, I have so many crushes already that I can't decide. (*Cough, cough* Ash from the Iron Fey, Will from the Infernal Devices, Tucker from Unearthly, Jace from the Mortal Instruments, Vincent from Die for Me, et cetera, et cetera.)

The plot of this book was definitely good, but it was a little slow in some parts but otherwise a really quick read.
Okay, I'm officially making my reviews earlier from now on. I just forgot about everything in that book, LOL. All I know that it was pretty good, so I'd read it.

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