Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Glow (Sky Chasers #1)
by Amy Kathleen Ryan
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.
I received this book for free through GoodReads First Read.
Waverly is a young girl. She feels like there is more to her life then just getting married and having children but she is expected to get married and have children while young so she doesn't seem to have much choice. This book takes place on a spaceship and I tend to stay away from spaceship books but this book was great.
One thing though I hate when books end in a cliffhanger. I really hate when authors do that. It makes me want to stop reading the series when they do that because I hate waiting for the next book to come out to see what happens.
Dear writers...if you are a good write you do not need to end a book in a cliffhanger to get us to read the next one. Thank you.
There was also some religion vs atheism parts to the story. The New Horizon, holds the religious colonists, and the Empyrean, holds the non-religious colonists. She does a good job of showing how people use belief in god as a way to wield power and how religion can be used as a tool.
This book got quite dark in some of the things that it talked about and addressed but I really feel that it helped make the book what it is. I like that the author did not shy away from the dar.
I think if you like Battlestar Galactica then you should give this book a try.
4 out of 5 stars