I just finished reading Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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.
So for the first half of the book, I couldn't put it down. I could easily see how it could be made in a dystopian or sci-fi movie. So much action and I couldn't wait to read more. And then...it just got kinda weird.
I don't want to give away too much. But there are something that happen that I find too disturbing and creepy. And then towards the end it gets a little too religious and fanatical for me. Luckily, one of the main characters has a problem with the religousness, but I still had to read it. And roll my eyes.
I like Waverly. I like that she is stong and stands up for what she believes in. But Kieran never really grew on me. And the world that these kids grew up in. Or I guess I should say the space ship they grew up in. It was neat to read about how it was almost like a whole world in the ship, even with orchards in them!
I dunno. I wish I could have liked the whole book as much as I liked the first half. Oh well.
I gave the book a rating of 3.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2011 100+ Reading Challenge: 100
2011 ARC Reading Challenge: 80
2011 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 80
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.