Reading level: Ages 12 and upMy Review:
Audio CD: 8 CDs
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Author's website: http://www.amykathleenryan.com/
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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.
As much as I hate comparing books... well... I'm going to. The entire time I was reading Glow, all I could think of was Across the Universe. And, although their stories are very different, I kept mixing them up and getting confused. Maybe I'm just weird (which I most certainly am not) but I was seriously strugglin' to keep these books separated in my head. Even so, I am going to do this review on Glow and Glow only.. I think.
I was fascinated by this book. It was so crazy to think that they could so easily (maybe not so so easily) be us in a few years time. It talks about how normal life was on the Empyrean before the attack, and honestly, that was more weird to me than anything. When I imagine what it would be like to live out in space it's always Star-Wars-y, with crazy battles and constant action, but to think about just living, it seems strange. But Glow is definitely not just about living, there's love, war, and insanity, and it's fabulous. I loved it.
I liked everything about Waverly, from her name to her strength and everything in-between, she was just an all-around likable character that I found very easy to relate to. I did not like Seth. I did not like him in the beginning, I did not like him in the end. I would not like him in a box, I would not like him with a fox... But seriously, I wasn't crazy about him. Boy Disappointment #2= Kieran, I really liked him in the beginning, but by the end I pretty much just felt sorry for him, he just tried so hard and nothing seemed to go right. Even so, I'm still voting Waverly-Kieran. And my mom would definitely disagree;)
Aside from all that, there was one part that I really didn't care for: the extremely negative view that was put on religion. It just felt over the top, unnecessary, and almost uncomfortable. I feel like the same effect could have been gained in a different way and I definitely would have enjoyed it more.
But, I would still recommend this book, it's definitely an exciting read!
One of the readers for this audiobook, who read Waverly's chapters, is the same person who read All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin, Ilyana Kadushin. (You can see our other review of her here.) And once again I was fairly impressed by her reading, I thought she did a good job with all of the voices, even the guys' and overall, I liked her as a reader. The other reader, who read Kieran's chapters, was Matthew Brown, and honestly, I'm completely neutral about him. I wasn't completely impressed, but at the same time I had no specific complaints about his reading. So overall, I thought this was a pretty good audiobook, and if you're into audiobooks, I would recommend it!