Title: Glow (Sky Chasers #1)
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Summary From Goodreads:
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.
Oh how I wanted to love this book. The premise was great. I don’t read many space stories so it wouldn’t have been something I had read tons of. The beginning started out so great. The girls are captured. The parents are all pretty much dead. The boys are left to fend for themselves and have to try to rescue the girls. And that is where it all went wrong. Let’s Break it down:
Religion: Full disclaimer – I am a religious person. I go to church on Sundays. I read my Scriptures daily (or at least try to). I went to Christian school with Christian teachers and Christian friends. So it bothers me to NO END how much Ryan made all religious people look crazy. The religion that they subscribed to in this novel is something that I would say 95% of religious people would NEVER NEVER agree to. Every time religion was brought up in this novel, I cringed. Other non-religious books bring it up without it have to be like a knife in the cut every time it is mentioned. For the record, it was a major turn off.
Characters: I loved Kieran (though not necessarily the religious aspect as you could see he was starting to go the crazy route). Out of the three main characters, he is the one I thought was the most stable. He showed some leadership capabilities which, if it hadn’t been undermined by other characters, could have helped out in the situation. Seth was a nightmare. I mean he was evil to the core. I hated every single thing about him. I have nothing else to say about him. Waverly was, in my opinion, an idiot. I hate it when author’s make girls unnecessarily aggressive, like that is the only way you can be a strong female character. I can sympathize that her eggs were taken from her without her permission. That was absolutely reprehensible. But I understand why it was done. And in a situation like they are in, re-population is absolutely necessary. When you are moving to a planet and starting a new world their, you have to have people to populate said planet. I don’t know if Waverly was just too stupid to understand that or what her deal was.
Love Triangle: This is the stupidest part. Why does Waverly care about Seth at all? He is the biggest jerk to ever grace a love triangle in a YA book. I hate him. But, honestly, I don’t think that Waverly is good enough for Kieran. She treats him like crap. I know this won’t be a popular opinion because a lot of reviews I read had people loving Waverly. But I really did not like her.
Sequel: Will I read the second book? Probably. I checked it out of the library. I want to know what happens. Still, I am not impressed.