Ntense start to this series I can t wait to see what happens next I didn t expect to Right Turns: From Liberal Activist to Conservative Champion in 35 Unconventional Lessons like this book as much as I did but I really enjoyed reading this oneIt s a fast paced sci fi with a dark plot and complex charactersThe narrative switches between Kieran and Waverly who are the oldest teens aboard the Empyrean and have a flourishing relationship despite Seth s intimate feelings for Waverly and hate for KieranHowever things turn for the worst when the New Horizon attacks and kidnaps all the girls aboard the Empyreaneaving the boys and adults in a desperate situationThe plot is so good and surprisinglyuite darkPersonallyI enjoyed the darker elements of the story as many YA books don t delve into dark themes whereas Glow most definitely doesThe plot even takes a grim route for both Waverly and Kieranas they both face very different but serious challengesThe sci fi aspect completely enthralled me and I Politically Incorrect loved the settingas the story takes place on a ship which is heading for a distant planet in hopes of repopulatingThe plot never bored me and I was continuously entertained and anxious to know what happens nextAll the characters in this book are written brilliantly as they re all complex and not unrealistically one sidedThis makes it hard to even hate the villains or people who make uestionable decisions as they display ateast one good uality Beyond Varallan like compassionThis caused me to freuently change my opinions on the characters because I always feltike there was to uncoverAlso their actions weren t predictable which created an even exciting plotThe ove triangle between KieranWaverly and Seth wasn t very pronounced in this book thankfully but I feel it will be in ater booksSeth was mostly annoying and Waverly was ultimately my favouriteI oved her eagerness to survive and her developed braveness to escapeHoweversome of the action scenes did annoy me ike a certain one with the girls where their plan is just terrible and how easily they get caughtAlsoI didn t Dona Flor like how the ending began to play out with a suggestion of a cult motiveAs a whole Ioved the book and it was a well worthwhile readI Rocker Babies Wear Jeans ll definitely try to pick up the next oneI wouldn t recommend this book to anyone who is repulsed or frightened by dark themes I m not uite sure how to rate this book so for now I m going with 3 nebulous stars Glow is a futuristic SciFi thriller set deep in space where two colony spaceships the New Horizon and the Empyrean search for New Earth These competing sister spaceships engage in a galactic battle against each other as they try to ensure their survival Aboard the Empyrean Waverly and Kieran are separated during this war and become tangled in a web ofies and deceit ultimately having them uestion who they can trust including each otherThere were aspects of Glow that I really enjoyed such as the SciFi element that I ve recently realized I can be a huge fan of I also iked the pacing of the story and the suspenseful scenes that never really felt drawn out The whole galactic war theme can be pretty intense especially when Ryan infuses crafty twists and turns that eave the reader doubting which players in this battle they can trustHowever there were elements of the story that had me wanting to jump ship Is it just me or did anyone else feel claustrophobic when reading this book The setting was so vivid that at times I actually felt closed in I never got that feeling when I was reading Across the Universe but with Glow it felt Sono with Visits from the Seventh like the walls were caving in which was frustrating at times but possibly intentional who knowsIn addition I have to point out that I felt the story became preachy towards the end I didn tike feeling that once I was drawn into the story suddenly a hidden agenda was revealed Whether it s for or against cult type following and fanatical preaching I m not a fan of storytelling with hidden motives I really didn t care for that but thankfully that was only towards the end of the bookLastly the violence towards the girls and what the protag went through while captive on the New Horizon made me sick I didn t ike how that was played out and once she was violated I felt removed from the story and didn t really want to #Reengage Fully After That I #fully after that I just not a fan of that type of drama view spoilerIf you re wondering how Waverly was violated she was drugged and
when she was out the doctors on the she was out the doctors on the Horizon removed some eggs from her to implant in the infertile women of the New Horizon Any sort of invasion to one s body without concent is criminal and horrific I was not cool with that Ugh hide spoiler Full Disclosure This book was given to me on a GR giveaway So thanks GRI honestly didn t expect this I really didn t On the back of the book it s written in huge etters that this is the most riveting series since Hunger Games and that s not true in the eastThis book beats Hunger Games to a bloody motionless pulp aying on the ground with its Heroes Adrift (Hero, limbs positioned in odd wrong angles I mean it I doesGlow don tet 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 Chuck and Danielle left behind Whilst crossing a nebula however they re attacked by the other ship thateft 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 spaceThat 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 takingI 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 Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old life changing ordeals throughout the book that changes their outlook onife and that also changes their attitude and the way you think of themAlso 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 Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs let s just say I agree fully with this bookAnyway no matter what you take away from this review bottomine is pick this book up now and read it Seriously You re going to Gray Bishop love it The voice in my head told me soWhat Nothing Did you say somethingI didn. On The New Horizon’seaders are desperate to populate the new planet first and will do anything to get what they need young girls In one pivotal moment Waverly and Kieran are separated and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions where every move has potentially devastating conseuences and decisions of the heart may ead to disasterPulse pounding and addictive Glow begins Amy Kathleen Ryan's Sky Chasers the most riveting series since The Hunger Gam.
Free download Glow by Amy Kathleen RyanTo the incredibly strong emotional impact it had on me Some of the characters in it might prove forgettable in time but I will never forget the pressing claustrophobic feeling it eft me with I ve read a few reviews in advance and I was prepared to be unsettled by it but nothing could prepare me for this story in which people every ast one of them were monsters usually hidden behind a very pleasant fa ade When decades ago two identical ships were Liar launched into space on a mission to find New Earth and settle everyone thought their chances of survival were pretty much the same After all the only difference between them was the religious conviction of their respective crews Weaverly and Kieran belong to the first generation of children born on the Empyrean the ship with a non religious crew They are both fifteen and thinking about getting married in their circumstances children are always welcome no matter how young the parents They have theirives planned out for them and they re happy with the way things are going But the New Horizon crew hasn t had as much Noir luck They haven t been able to procreate at all which means their crew is fairly old and they are pretty desperate Their solution is to attack the Empyrean and steal all their girls nearly destroying the ship in the process Suddenly Weaverly and Kieran aren t even on the same ship and each of them is dealing with a different set of disastersThe name Weaverly seemsike an odd and unfortunate choice especially for third person narration Since Ryan seems to harbor a strong dislike for personal pronouns it s used in almost every sentence and being a mouthful it clogs the natural flow of sentences and makes the already thick narrative even harder to read That is writing wise the only objection I really have Amy Kathleen Ryan showed unusual skill and controlBecause so many awful hateful things happen in it Glow is a hard book to Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are like There is no real warmth between the characters nothing even remotely positive or hopeful just violence horrible moral choices and violence One couldn t exactly call Kieran a hero not by any stretch of the imagination and the same goes for the rest of the characters They behaved exactly as one would expect people in such an isolated environment to behave they have deviated drastically from moral and ethical standards of societyFaced with a crew made up entirely of rebellious boys Kieran decided toead them through a religion he pretty much made up on the spot The ease with which this decision was made and the way those boys accepted it was incredibly creepy and eye opening Their sudden faith in Kieran was alarming and the speed with which this cult of personality arose staggering There are many things that unsettled me and kept me awake at night but writing about them would give away too much of the plot It s best to go into this book knowing very Gaffer little about it Fortunately I have the seuel Spark on hand but I m not brave enough to read t right away My poorittle heart needs a Circumstantial Evidence lengthy break I have been trying to gather my thoughts on this book So it has been written over a few nights not just one so be warned when reading this review It may not make any senseHOLY SHIT No other words This book was that amazing this has got to be hands down one of the best dystopia novels that I ve read in ages I m still trying to gather my thoughts I am just blown away by the amazingness of this book I actually put off reading this for a while I mean I had it I just wasn t bothered to actually read it But boy am I glad I finally picked it up and read it I was captivated and interested right after I had finished the first chapter I could not put it down Scratch that I did put it down but only to stop and think about what was happening It was that movingSo what was this book about view spoilerGlow is about two teenagers Waverly and Kieran the book is told from both their points of view s third person direct and the way it s set out is original and really smart Okay back on to what the book was actually about Kieran proposes to Waverly but she says shel think about it heres your cue Seth is awesome Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers let me just say that this is not your averageove triangle Well they soon find out that another ship one that eft one year in advance is infertile So they basically
ask Waverly and Kieran s ship to mate with them The ship says no So they take all the girlsWaverly and Kieran s ship to mate with them The ship says no So they take all the girls 16 to their ship to take their eggs to have
children so they don t die out Kieran and Waverly are tryingso they don t die out Kieran and Waverly are trying find a way to get back to each other and the stuff that happens in between WOW And I mean wow hide spoiler I graciously received GLOW from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway and the book was provided by the publishers St Martin s Press Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity Actually this is closer to three and a half stars but I don t do half stars so it s fourThere are some books out there that are completely clear in their intentions whose characters are completely either good or evil whose plot is simple enough to be easily understood Let me tell you know that GLOW is not one of those books GLOW is not a book you sit down to read intending to finish it in one sitting and move on with your ife GLOW is one of those books you sit down to read intending to savor it and become engrossed in the not so clear intentions of the characters and the constant twists and turns of the plotGLOW is written in third person perspective something which doesn t enhance anything about it and seems to kind of disconnect you from the narrator characters The reader feels emotionally attached Rating 35 stars but just barelyIn one sentence Glow is an out of this world A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping love story that takes you on a fast paced thrill ride I know some of you are reading the synopsis thinking spaceships sci fi that is so not your thing but Glow isn t just for sci fi fans It definitely will appeal to fans of paranormal or dystopia reads with it s great blend of romance adventure and suspense I would call itight sci fi I know that with other sci fi reads I have struggled with the world building but this is an effortless read that you become uickly absorbed in I Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) loved that the action happenedess than 50 pages in and from there on in it was a completely pulse pounding read Every page seemed to be full of excitement and suspense Although some events in the story seemed a Summer Meditations little too convenient and hard to believe But despite that I think the plot and the world Ryan has created is the strength of this book Glow is told in two points of view Waverly and Keiran I am a big fan of dual narration especially when it works well and flows seamlessly into each other and it definitely did in Glow Without it I think I would have beenost as Waverly and Keiran were apart for majority of the story and it really helped give you the complete picture of what was going onWaverly is a compelling character Mature strong a fighter and most importantly God Said, Ha!: A Memoir likeable Iove that she doesn t give up easily and isn t afraid to ask the hard uestions However with Keiran I struggled to get a real sense of who his is Don t get me wrong I enjoyed his point of view it provided plenty of heart stopping moments but at times I felt his character was a ittle inconsistent I also felt this way about Seth another important character Sometimes they were nice honorable guys but the next minute they were being cruel and heartless This may have been just because of their world was falling apart around them but I felt a ittle confused I On the Right Side of a Dream look forward to figuring them out in the next bookOverall Glow was a gripping and Ws she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission and Kieran the handsome captain to be has everything Waverly could want in a husband Everyone is sure he’s the best choice Still there’s a part of Waverly that wants fromife than marriage and she is secretly intrigued by the shy darkly brilliant SethSuddenly Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship the New Horiz. ,
Here s the thing the books that I absolutely LOVE the most tend to be the hardest for me to write about or discuss Glow is no exception to this but I l do my best And I m just going to admit it this is now a favorite of mineFirst of all I hate comparing books to one another especially those by different authors But I am going to compare something about Glow to The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins knows how to end a chapter meaning they ended in a way that made me want no ike need to read the next one and the next one and the next I couldn t stop This is exactly what Glow did for me There wasn t one point in the entire book that allowed my mind to wonder or bored me I hung on every word Two ships the New Horizon and the Empyrean are headed to New Earth to inhabit a new world Unfortunately the affects of deep space has caused infertility issues among both ships However those on the Empyrean discovered a cure for the infertility and were able to conceive children to continue the population But something goes horribly wrong aboard the New Horizon the cure sent by the Empyrean sterilizes the women taking away any hope of conceiving future generations for New Earth Was this done on purpose or just a terrible accident Either way the captain of New Horizon decides to take drastic measures to ensure the ship s survival and fulfill their mission Waverly is a 15 year old girl who was one of the first born aboard the Empyrean she feels that there is to her Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II life than simply expanding the population When disaster strikes it falls to her to become aeader and to make sure the girls are safe Kieran is a 16 year old boy who is expected to become the next captain and happens to be in Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq love with Waverly But can he become theeader the ship needs when the time comes Not only are these two main characters well written but the supporting characters are well done also The author did a wonderful job at developing all of them They were complex making some hard to flat out Michelin Green Guide Normandy love or hate There were characters who were awful but after finding out about them and the situations it was easier to understand why they were behaving certain ways or held certain beliefs And sometimes it s the people who you don tike who turn out to be the biggest allies There was so much that I oved about Glow and I really really really hope people don t try to compare this book to Across the Universe That would be ike comparing Star Wars and Star Trek just don t do it Though they re both really good books they are their own thing So saying that I highly recommend this book would be an understatement I am already dying for the next installment of Glow and this one hasn t even been officially released yet 25 stars I ike to be unsettled by books I mean this in the sense that I appreciate books that shock surprise and challenge me Books that demand my attention when I m away from them that creep into my thoughts after I ve closed the covers I ike Kafka s idea that books should be an axe for the frozen sea inside us But there was something wholly unpleasant about the ueasy stomach I was eft with at the end of Glow and the way I wanted to brush my arms as if I could sweep away the feeling of something crawling on my skin Arguably a strong emotional reaction is a good thing Better to have feelings that tend heavily one direction than to feel underwhelmed and decidedly meh about the whole thing in my opinion But in this case it s proving difficult for me to step back and simply respect the skill it took to create such feelings which I do because it s hard shake my instinctive revulsion to the events of Glow This is a dark story that deals with complex often unpleasant subject matter So brava Ryan for choosing to write a story that tackles heavy themes and does not shy away from taking unexpected turns and doesn t replace plot with vapid ove triangle angsting This is certainly not Matched In Space I won t write a synopsis but take some general ideas from Lord of the Flies manipulative zealots and a pervasive atmosphere of sexual threat put them in deep space and you What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World ll be in the ballpark of the premise Initially I did not enjoy the writing I found it thick and impenetrable preventing me from connecting with the action or the characters While this eventually changed and it captured my full attention I had to push myself through the first half and fight my waning interest However this isikely down to my personal taste rather than a criticism of the mechanics of the writing The atter half of the book is fairly dense with a sense of claustrophobia and mounting dread The dense with a sense of claustrophobia and mounting dread The the characters are in are awful and kept me in a near constant state of unease Also it s an interesting experience to read a book where I feel repulsed by almost all of the characters In fact it s probably the unrelenting gloom the persistent evil to varying degrees of a arge number of the characters that made it difficult to read When I eventually began to connect with the writing I then felt trapped by anxiety at the direction the plot threads were takingTo be fair though this driving of the story and characters further and further down a frightening path sets the stage well for the seuel Rather than dropping in a The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War last minute cliffhanger Ryan has crafted a finale in which the characters identities and motivations are so much at odds with each other that it sparks genuine curiosity at how they will ever achieve some kind of peace amongst themselves if at all Essentially the bookeaves the unpleasant feeling that things are very very wrong and not a whisper of a clue as to how they can become right again While the cover of the UKAus edition is reminiscent of Across the Universe and there are some surface Experiencing the Resurrection: The Everyday Encounter That Changes Your Life level similarities the tone and execution is vastly different Glow is a disuieting book The content is uite heavy and writing at times distancing However it doeseave an impact and raise some interesting stakes for a continuation of the series 255 GLOW is darkGlow is so very unexpectedly dark but that aspect only really kicked into gear sometime around 61% Frankly I am not a fan of the writing in this one things just took too much time However it s the twists and turns that had me covering my mouth in shock repulsionWhile sixty plus percent was a ot to go through before
things got interesting I have to emphasize just how dark things got There are people isolated people drugged andgot interesting I have to emphasize just how dark things got There are people isolated people drugged and all acts done because of someone s vision of what others roles should be I was shocked by what they could do did There s a pervasive atmosphere of threat that s most felt by the women both on their old home and new home But there s also a shaking of reality for the boys Initially none of the protagonists did anything to gain my sympathy Where Kieran had it all I could grasp why Seth behaved the way he did And with Waverly the hesitant forward thinking past considering one I found her a tad unbelievable that is until I didn t find her unbelievable any Because all of them simply changed some of them for the worst others arguably for the better but for all of them their developmentdevolution was due to some trauma some violation Basically as the story progressed so did they They evolved devolved And with the way things turned out I am very interested in how things are going to play out aterIt s set in space and has characters that actually develop with going to play out aterIt s set in space and has characters that actually develop with twist that the story took And If you ike ACROSS the UNIVERSE you might Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band like this butike I said GLOW is dark255 I rated Glow somewhat higher than I normally rate this type of books due solely. One of School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011If a violent battle destroyed the only world you’ve ever known would you be brave enough to save who was The Meaning of Star Trek left Wouldove be strong enough to survive the fight Either way there’s no turning backThe Empyrean is the only home 15 year old Waverly has ever known Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth Waverly kno.