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Short Description for Glow One of "School Library Journal"'s Best Fiction Books of 2011If 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...
- Published: 13 September 2011
- Format: Hardback 307 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780312590567 ISBN 10: 0312590563
- Sales rank: 168,258
Reviews for Glow
Exciting Beginning to the Series
As soon as this book came in the mail I immediately started reading it. From the description of the book, I just didn't care that I was in the middle of another read. By the next night I had finished it - all the while yelling at the people in the book, telling my boyfriend that some people are just horrible, complaining about this and that, and ranting about various things. That's when I really like a book. Originally I had given the read 4 stars, but now as I think about it while writing this review, I can't remember why I only gave it 4 stars. Any book that can get me yapping that much about it and still make me feel emotionally connected to the characters and the story are surely deserving of 5 stars. So that's changed.
That said...the characters are horrible or wonderful or scary or...well it depends on which character you are talking about. There are so many that I couldn't believe behaved the way they did, why they said they did it, oh, I get angry just thinking about it. The characters are all so wonderfully written, so perfect in their every aspect that I easily got caught up with them and their different stories. The book is written following two of the main characters separately, Waverly and Kiernan. The story overlaps what the individual characters are going through while they are separated and it's intriguing to see things from two very separate points of view. There is a partial conclusion to the end of this book, but it is in no way, shape, or form anywhere near over. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book and figure out how everything will come to a close and if these characters will bear any resemblance to their former selves by the conclusion. One of my favorites of 2011!
Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. 5/5
Glow was a great book, but it still had its problems. The plot of the story was what made the book. It was well thought and written. However, the characters weren't as great. Most of the characters were bland, or just didn't stand out from every other single character. And some characters had a complete change in personality, which made it weird. Some moments I thought one character was another, and then was surprised to find out that I was wrong. If they had more depth into the characters, and gave them more of a personality, this book would have been perfect. It's still great enough to read any other in the series that comes out.
Reviewed by Kole for Book Sake. 4/5
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review by Jessicaunder review
I was very much invested in Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan. After just a few pages I was plunged head on into the chaotic, action packed, emotional, and gripping story of Kieran and Waverly.
My heart was palpitating non-stop throughout the whole story, and I couldn't put the book down. I was surprised that religion was incorporated into the story. There may be some controversies in the subject, but with an open mind Glow is surely a read you shouldn't miss out.
At times I was so immersed at what I was reading and what was happening that I got so angry at times and started yelling at the characters! I laughed at certain parts, and surely shed tears in more than one occasion. Glow is and emotional roller coaster I wouldn't mind riding again and again. It had a feel of 'Lord of The Flies' but in space, a scenario that I would rather chose to be stuck on an island than space hands down. The story also partook in serious issues such as artificial insemination, pro and cons on religious beliefs, and so much more. It really got my head spinning near the end with Waverly because she was the character I was most fond of, but in the end the most upset with. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan is such a read that titillates all aspects of varying cognitive thought! I can't wait for Book 2!
Please Sir, I want some more (Oliver Twist ref.) =) by SpadesHighunder review
Interesting read, but a few things didn't work
The back cover of the book says: "...the most riveting series since The Hunger Games." Maybe I was expecting a bit more because of this, but I don't think it is that comparable to The Hunger Games. The only comparison I can make is that of Waverly and Katniss. Waverly is a quick-thinking, intelligent girl, who goes through some tough trials in the book. Other than that I can't compare the two, as they are entirely different books. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Glow does have some very good qualities that originally made me want to give it four stars. The characterizations are gripping and intense. Amy Kathleen Ryan gets down to the nitty gritty of real human nature and psychology with these characters. Each is continually changing in during the book, due to the circumstances they face. Characters who start out weak become strong, and others who start out strong become broken. Good guys are really bad guys, and bad guys are really good guys, and some remain a mystery. There are heroes, anti-heroes, and villains, and you will have no idea which is which until the end. It's a complex set of characters, and seriously well-done. Temperature raised for this, alone.
Sadly, it didn't work for me and a I think a big part of the reason is because the book is written in third person, and it isn't very descriptive, either. I felt detached from everything. These characters experienced deep, unsettling, emotions, and I felt hardly any of them. We are told (not shown) that terrible things are happening, and they are feeling these emotions, but I wasn't able to picture any of it, let alone feel it.
For me, reading is about feeling things I wouldn't normally feel, and going places I wouldn't normally go. When that doesn't happen, I can't connect with the book. Sadly, it didn't happen with this book.
There were a few more things that didn't sit well with me: the huge clashing of church and secular thinking, and the lack of any change in vocabulary, although this is supposed to be hundreds of years into the future. Modern idioms are all the same, even though some of them relate to things that these characters never would have seen or heard of before. I realize this is kind of vague, but I don't want to get into describing things this far from the release date.
Overall, I was entertained by the mix of characters and was interested enough to finish the book. There was a very sweet scene towards the end that almost had me in tears, and it was a huge redeeming factor for me, especially because the author chose that scene instead of another (more typically-used) scene. I know this doesn't make sense (here I am being vague again), but it will if you read the book.
I can see how this book will appeal to a lot of readers. The story is interesting and adventurous, and while it didn't work for me, I definitely recommend it to those who love science fiction. There's a lot of space travel and talk of space-related things, like the effects of velocity on gravity...a dream for the sci-fi lover. But don't plan to read this for the love story aspect (it's not a huge part of the book). Read it it for the travel into space, the shocking look at the best and worst of human nature, and for the answer to what happens when a two groups of people who have been alone in space for a long time meet.
-This review was originally published on my blog: The Reading Fever.
-I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. by Penelope Loloheaunder review