Saturday, September 3, 2011

Glow Review

307 pages
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.

Review (ARC):
A simple yet enjoyable storyline sums up this book perfectly. While I don't agree that its "the most riveting series since the Hunger Games," as it says on the back cover, I admit it was hard to put down. The novel switches between the view points of Waverly and Kieran. Waverly is confused in her relationship because the society she grew up in makes it seem like its her duty to be with Kieran. I enjoyed seeing things from Kieran's point of view because it gave an insight into his way of thinking, but as I discovered by the end of the book, all is not what it seems. The societies on the Empyrean and New Horizon both have negative aspects about them that make them less than ideal societies. While I was reading, I noticed that there were a lot of extremes in the thinking of the leaders on both ships. There was a lot of action and plenty of adventure in this novel. The world created here is different and intriguing. This novel ended on a note that left me wanting to know more about what happens so I am definitely going to read the next one in the series when it is published. If you love dystopian fiction then this novel is definitely for you.


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