Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Amy Kathleen Ryan
St. Martin's
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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  SThom0711
With Earth dying, the Empyrean sets off to colonize "New Earth". Waverly must take on an incredible amount of responsibility for a 15 year old girl. The second to be born in space Waverly is expected to carry out the mission, and who better to do that with than the first born in space and utterly handsome Kieran. Although she's aware of what she must do Waverly can't help but dream of a more exciting life than just marriage and mothering. However, her wish comes to pass when the second ship, also set out to colonize New Earth, the New Horizon suddenly attacks the Empyrean and attempts to kidnap all of the able females. Are the people on the New Horizon really evil or is all the things she was told growing up just a lie. And who exactly is the mysterious and kind hearted Seth, and how will he help get back what she's lost?

While the idea was brilliant, the writing wonderful, and the plot ingenious, the characters annoyed me to no end. One second you liked a character and the next you hated them. It was hard to follow because it was written in three different peoples point of view, who all at least at some point hated one of the other characters. It infuriated me and caused my emotions to go all bipolar. While the characters were lacking the rest of the book was not. It keep me on my toes the whole time, with almost no predictability. The images were stunning and realistic, and the whole story well developed and very authentic. I read in a day because I could not put it down. It was enjoyable and I cannot wait until the next book comes out.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Colorado Springs, CO United States

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  MDG
Planet Earth has been ravaged by disease, war, and pollution, and the only hope for humankind is to travel into space and inhabit a new planet. The passengers on the Empyrean and the New Horizon are anxiously awaiting arrival and forty-some years they will be the first humans to set foot on another planet. Waverly likes her existence on the Empyrean: she has a loving mother and a great boyfriend, Kieran, who is expected to be the ship's next captain. That all changes when the crew from the New Horizon attacks the Empryean and kidnaps all the girls. Why are they doing this? And how will Waverly help the girls escape and get back to their home?

I really enjoyed Glow. I'm not big on science fiction, but the synopsis sounded so interesting so I thought I would give it a shot. I'm really glad I did because I thought Glow was a great novel. The beginning is a little boring, but after the girls have been kidnapped, Glow becomes a lot more fast-paced. The book has split narration between Waverly and her boyfriend Kieran, who is still on the Empyrean. I liked reading both points of view because different things are happening on the ships. Waverly is trying to escape and Kieran is involved in a power struggle for control of the ship with another boy his age, Seth. I liked the twists and turns that occurred throughout the plot, especially as Waverly uncovered secrets on the New Horizon. I think fans of adventure or science fiction will enjoy Glow.

Reviewer Age:19

Reviewer City, State and Country: Aston, Pennsylvania United States


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