Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

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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