Wednesday, October 12, 2011

[Audio Review] - Glow

Title: Glow
Author: Amy Kathleen Ryan
Narrators: Matthew Brown & Ilyana Kadushin
Series: Sky Chasers
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 27, 2011

I received this book for review from Macmillan Audio.

Summary:  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. On board 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.

Thoughts: Traveling through deep space, young couple Waverly & Kieran are aboard a ship called the Empyrean. On their way to New Earth, 45 years away.  Waverly is pretty much an average teenager. But when Kieran proposes to her she starts to feel the pressure. What they don't know is a great danger is coming. Unknown to the Empyrean's crew and passengers they are about to face an attack from their sister ship, the New Horizon.

Absolutely riveting! Glow is an excellent read. This story took me by surprise. I enjoyed Waverly and Kieran's journey more than I thought I would. Intense and action packed.  It is being compared to The Hunger Games.  I don't think that is necessarily true. Even though it does have a dystopian feel to it,  the story is quiet different.   The experiences that these young people go through is quite terrifying and hard to imagine. The futuristic feel to it has is great, I think others will like it too.  Ms. Ryan's characters will enthrall you and have you eager to learn more of their story.

Glow is narrated by Matthew Brown and Ilyana Kadushin. Bringing to life both the leads as well as everyone else. I enjoyed their interpretation. Especially Ilyana Kadusin, I love her voice. If you've listened to any of The Twilight Saga audios, you'll be familiar with her.

Score: 4 Stars

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Other titles:
Shadow Falls
Zen and Xander Undone


  1. I'm about halfway through this audio right now and you're right, this is an incredible read! I don't really think there are many similarities to The Hunger Games either. Great review!

  2. Thanks! It has a surprise plot. Going in I didn't think that's where it would lead. But definitely a good story.



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