Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Monday, September 19, 2011

Book Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312590563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312590567
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If a violent battle destroyed the only world you’ve ever known, would you be brave enough to save who was left? Would love be strong enough to survive the fight? Either way, there’s no turning back.

The 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 knows 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 more from life than marriage, and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon’s leaders 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 consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.

Pulse-pounding and addictive, GLOW begins the most riveting series since The Hunger Games.
Let me start off by saying that I didn't hate this book and I definitely didn't love it. Honestly, I don't have much to say about this book. Which I would say is a good hint that I didn't like it so much. I felt like this was one big book of blah.  I have been searching for another incredible dystopian book for a while now and when I went to the store and saw that Glow Amy Kathleen Ryan was compared to The Hunger Games I was ridiculously excited to start reading it.
Well about a half way through the book, I was very disappointed. I mean, it wasn't awful! It was just okay the entire book. All of the I guess, "action" parts were very anti-climatic. And the author made the main boys seem very wimpy. Sometimes I felt like Waverly was tougher and definitely took care of more business than the boys. Other than all the stuff that I didn't find so great about Glow, I thought it was awesome that they were in space the entire time. I have never read anything like that before. So pretty much I thought this book was good enough to read the sequel, and hopefully the story will pull together a little bit more and the characters get developed better. I REALLY want to love this book because I think the whole concept is genius and great, it just needs a really awesome story to go along with it! 


  1. Oh no don't say that. I have been dying to read this book! I guess now I'll have to proceed with caution.

  2. You should read Across the Universe. I'll let you borrow, if you want!

  3. Oh oh. I've been looking forward to reading this book… not so sure anymore.

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  4. So sad you weren't a fan of this book! I thought it was very good but alas we all have our own opinions. :-) Definitely wasn't as good as The Hunger Games though, or even Across the Universe (which is one of my favorites).

  5. It's a shame you didn't like Glow. I really enjoyed reading it. I didn't particularly enjoy reading about any of the boys but I actually thought it was a good thing that Waverly took control. She's a strong female character.

  6. Sorry to hear it... The description sounded nice... =(

  7. I have this sitting on my shelf but i haven't read it yet because i have an issue with

    "Pulse-pounding and addictive, GLOW begins the most riveting series since The Hunger Games"

    Like i feel like it shouldn't be compared to it.. especially since ive been told there nothing a like.

  8. I really agree with you. The entire time I was really trying to love it, but I just counldn't get into it. But, like you, I'm still going to read the next book in hopes that it will be better.

  9. Try reading Farseed :)


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