Thursday 29 December 2011
GLOW BY AMY KATHLEEN RYAN
BLURB from the PRESS RELEASE
If 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.
16 years ago, Waverly and Kieran were the first children born in space. Now a perfect couple, they are the pride and joy of their spaceship. they represent the future. The ship, the Empyrean, is their entire world.
They may have never seen a stranger before.
The Old Earth is crumbling, and the crew is hoping to reach (and colonise) New Earth within fifty years. They are following their allies on the New Horizon, a second ship that left a year before them, and whom they have never met. Forced to travel through a beautiful but static pink nebula that prevents from from communicating with the New Horizon, they are completely alone; living peacefully and gently, filled with hope.
One day, Kieran proposes to Waverly. That same morning, their "allies" attack without warning, and Kieran and Waverly are separated in the cruellest way possible.
Will they ever see each other again?
Well the press release describes what happens in the book, without giving too many spoilers away so I am now going to attempt to tell you what I thought of it without revealing anything else. I loved this book! It's well written, well described in a way that allows you to visualise the people and surroundings.
The book is written from two points of view, Waverly's and Kieran's, the main characters in the book. Everything begins peacefully though you do sense some odd under currents within certain characters too. You get the feeling if you dug a little deeper not all is what it at first seems.
Everything changes when the Empyrean ship is attacked by their so called allies on the New Horizon. Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves thrust into the positions of "Leader". In my opinion Waverly seems to take to this role somewhat easier and has the majority of her fellow captives agreeing with her decisions. Kieran however does not fare so well, and at times has to literally fight and cling on for survival let alone to stay the leader. Kieran does make mistakes, and there are those who take great delight in pointing them out and reminding him of them at every opportunity they get.
I would compare this book to Across The Universe by Beth Revis, and what bk2 of Twin-Bred by Karen A Wyle could be like. It has a dystopian feel to it which I loved as it is one my favourite genres. I would recommend this book as a MUST read. It is the first in a book trilogy entitled The Sky Chaser's. So it's great to know there are two more books to come, that are definitely on my wishlist.
I also love the cover of the book, you have to presume that the female on the front cover is Waverly, though the book I received and read was an ARC copy and was a pearlescent effect in ivory with the word GLOW written in a pinkish/purple "glowing" colour and i loved that cover too.
Available Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk £4.55 in paperback, £4.04 on Kindle