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Glow (Sky Chasers #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  11,884 Ratings  ·  1,940 Reviews
One of School Library Journal’s Best Fiction Books of 2011

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.

The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. Part of the first generation to be successfully conce
Audio CD, 336 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Macmillan Audio (first published September 13th 2011)
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Raeleen Lemay
May 12, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Apr 15, 2016 Reading Corner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did but I really enjoyed reading this one.It's a fast-paced sci-fi with a dark plot and complex characters.The narrative switches between Kieran and Waverly who are the oldest teens aboard the Empyrean and have a flourishing relationship, despite Seth's intimate feelings for Waverly and hate for Kieran.However, things turn for the worst when the New Horizon attacks and kidnaps all the girls aboard the Empyrean, leaving the boys and adults in a despe ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I rated Glow somewhat higher than I normally rate this type of books, due solely to the incredibly strong emotional impact it had on me. Some of the characters in it might prove forgettable in time, but I will never forget the pressing, claustrophobic feeling it left me with.
I’ve read a few reviews in advance and I was prepared to be unsettled by it, but nothing could prepare me for this story in which people, every last one of them, were monsters, usually hidden behind a very pleasant façade.
Christy LoveOfBooks
Here's the thing, the books that I absolutely LOVE the most tend to be the hardest for me to write about or discuss. Glow is no exception to this, but I'll do my best. And I'm just going to admit it - this is now a favorite of mine.

First of all, I hate comparing books to one another, especially those by different authors. But I am going to compare something about Glow to The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins knows how to end a chapter, meaning they ended in a way that made me want -no, more like nee
I have been trying to gather my thoughts on this book. So it has been written over a few nights (not just one) so be warned when reading this review. It may not make any sense.

HOLY SHIT! No other words. This book was that amazing, this has got to be, hands down one of the best dystopia novels that I’ve read in ages. I’m still trying to gather my thoughts; I am just blown away by the amazingness of this book.

I actually put off reading this for a while. I mean I had it; I just wasn’t bothered to
I graciously received GLOW from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, and the book was provided by the publishers, St. Martin's Press! Thank you all for this wonderful opportunity!

Actually, this is closer to three-and-a-half stars, but I don't do half stars, so it's four.

There are some books out there that are completely clear in their intentions, whose characters are completely either good or evil, whose plot is simple enough to be easily understood. Let me tell you know that GLOW is not one of t
Oct 06, 2011 Arlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Arlene by: Street Corner Booker - ARC Tour Flannery
I’m not quite sure how to rate this book so for now I’m going with 3 nebulous stars.

Glow is a futuristic SciFi thriller set deep in space where two colony spaceships, the New Horizon and the Empyrean, search for New Earth. These competing sister spaceships engage in a galactic battle against each other as they try to ensure their survival. Aboard the Empyrean, Waverly and Kieran are separated during this war and become tangled in a web of lies and deceit ultimately having them question who they

2.5 stars

I like to be unsettled by books.

I mean this in the sense that I appreciate books that shock, surprise and challenge me. Books that demand my attention when I’m away from them, that creep into my thoughts after I’ve closed the covers. I like Kafka’s idea that books should be an “axe for the frozen sea inside us.”

But there was something wholly unpleasant about the queasy stomach I was left with at the end of Glow, and the way I wanted to brush my arms, as if I could sweep away the feelin
Rating: 3.5 stars but just barely

In one sentence: Glow is an out of this world love story that takes you on a fast paced thrill ride.

I know some of you are reading the synopsis thinking spaceships, sci-fi, that is so not your thing but Glow isn't just for sci-fi fans. It definitely will appeal to fans of paranormal or dystopia reads with it's great blend of romance, adventure and suspense (I would call it light sci-fi). I know that with other sci-fi reads I have struggled with the world buildin
Oct 07, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

GLOW is dark.

Glow is so very unexpectedly dark, but that aspect only really kicked into gear sometime around 61% Frankly, I am not a fan of the writing in this one; things just took too much time. However, it's the twists and turns that had me covering my mouth in shock/ repulsion.

While sixty plus percent was a lot to go through before things got interesting, I have to emphasize just how dark things got. There are people isolated, people drugged and violated... all acts done because of some
Full Disclosure: This book was given to me on a GR giveaway. So thanks GR!

I honestly didn't expect this. I really didn't. On the back of the book, it's written in huge letters that this is the most riveting series since Hunger Games, and that's not true in the least.

This book beats Hunger Games to a bloody, motionless pulp laying on the ground with its limbs positioned in odd, wrong angles. I mean it. I does.

Glow (don't let the cutesy name fool you, there's craziness to go around in this book) s
Holy Effing Shite I don't even know where to begin. This book is being compared to The Hunger Games but lucky me, I haven't read that book yet so I could approach Glow completely impartial. And just to let everyone know beforehand, I myself wrote and published a sci-fi novel set on a travelling space ship just this month. So I'm all up on the whole sci-fi thing. I don't get people who don't like it as a genre. I freaking grew up reading that shit, and although recently I've been reading more fan ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not perfect - there were a couple of places that were sparse and could have done with a bit more fleshing out. The book is fairly short so it wouldn't have made it too long.

But, this book is nearly perfect otherwise. An original, twisty plot (yes, there are similarities with other books, but Ryan has done something really unique with old tropes), two marvelously compelling characters, and a lot to say about human nature.

It was painful to read at times, but that's because Ryan is su
Rachel Hartman
2.5 stars.

All right, I'm not getting anything else done, and a nap seems to be eluding me, so here goes.

I had a devilish hard time reading this book. I just couldn't connect with the writing at all. I found it extremely dry and explain-y, and my mind would wander any time there wasn't dialogue. Which was, ah, most of the time.

Now I have to say: I think this is my fault too, and not just the book's. Sometimes a writing style just doesn't connect with my thinking style, and that isn't anybody's fa
Stacey (prettybooks)
Glow captured my interest from the very first page. It’s the sort of book that will make you miss your stop if you’re reading it on public transport (always a sign of a good novel, I think). I’ve never read anything quite this science fiction-y before; I’ve never, ever read anything that takes place on a spaceship. I had wondered whether I’d find it difficult to believe but I was thoroughly impressed. The spaceship setup is stunning. It is very well constructed and detailed, and I could easily i ...more
Steph Su
Jan 06, 2012 Steph Su rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uh, WOW. And not a good wow. I only got about 50 pages in before I realized that there was no way, except maybe by gunpoint, that I was going to be able to finish this book. This reads like someone threw a lot of money at a person and was like, here, indulge in writing something that contains a love triangle, a spaceship, big bad evil doo-doo men, and sexual desire. The problem with starting with these requirements, of course, is that they are not allowed to develop naturally out of inevitable b ...more
Crystal Starr Light
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Thank you Nemo for your recommendation that I not sell this book and stick it out. I may not have read the physical book, but it made me want to pick up the audiobook, and while I didn't adore this to pieces, I did enjoy myself quite a bit.

The long and short of it is: this book is incredibly dark but worlds better than most of the offerings you will find for Young Adults. Characters are realistic, there is some decent world-building, and the story is intriguing, if incredibly dark
May 12, 2012 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Before I start this review, be warned. I read Insurgent AND The Princess Bride (two books which I consider masterpieces) right before this book, therefore this review may be a little harsh. But I believe this book warrants some harshness.

1. Intelligent and Heroic Heroine: NOPE
Sure, Waverly supposedly fulfills the new trend in YA, which is intense, kick-butt, troubled heroines, but I didn't get that from her. The depth needed to pull that off just wasn't there. I couldn't and didn't connect with
Oh, why did I believe the lie that this book could possibly be like The Hunger Games? With a cliff hanger at every chapter, and a love triangle that had you holding your breath? No! It's all lies I tell you! *feels betrayed*. I say the truth, right on the back of the book, it says so. In all caps may I add.
Maybe if that stupid statement on the back hadn't been there, maybe, just maybe, I would of given it more of a chance...but, sadly, without The Hunger Games on the back of the cover, enticing
I read Glow with my heart caught in my throat, flipping pages frantically and waiting for the sick feeling in my stomach to evaporate. Even after having finished this book, though, my heart hasn’t found its way back to my chest; I find it hard to breathe. For all the trouble it gave me, however, Glow has been one of the most satisfying novels I’ve come across this year. Amy Kathleen Ryan’s unapologetic prose and savage characters are the unpretentious realities I seek in a thought-provoking nove ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was excited when I picked this title up on the first day of ALA. A space opera! I love space operas! It even had blurbs on the back comparing it to The Hunger Games, and a note from Lauren Myracle! PROMISING.

That I started it the first night of ALA (in late June) and JUST finished it is probably a sign of how much this book did NOT enthrall me.

1) The timeline is horrendous. The story is told by dual narrators, but the narration doesn't alternate with each chapter. Instead, each narrator's st
Sep 06, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, arc, bookers
Rating: 3.5
I went into reading Glow with an open mind. I was intrigued for sure and the synopsis had a good lure to it to make me want to see what it was all about. I was happily surprised by the outcome. The concept was interesting enough to keep me engaged in the book and the characters were interesting enough.
There were some thoughts that kept popping up along the way. I started questioning how big the ship really was and as I kept reading through various scenes, I came to the realization th
Ellen Goodlett
Wow. Wowowowowow. People complain that there's not much true sci-fi in YA nowadays... HERE IT IS! The space aspects of this book were realistic, the setting and logistics of things like how gravity would work on a spaceship that's traveling for years and years, and how two separate ships can rendezvous in space and the effects of travel on women with regards to fertility, motherhood... Everything about the setting in this felt real to me (though I am not a rocket scientist, so maybe it could be ...more
Apr 10, 2016 SeaBook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Už si připadám jak pako, protože toto je další knižní skvost, který by si měl každý přečíst! :3
Definitivně jsem do této série zamilovaná! :3
Feb 25, 2014 Alexa marked it as didnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
So I started Glow, and it's pretty interesting. Better than expected. :) But I think I started it at the wrong time. So, I'm going to put it on hold for now because I have other books I want to get to first & I don't believe I'm in the mood to read an ARC right now. I hope to continue it in a few weeks.

Edit 2: Yeah...I never finished. In fact, I gave away my copy. :p
Sep 14, 2016 Trisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crazy-for-ya-24
I think the synopsis is a disservice to this story. So very little of this story centers around love. The synopsis makes it sound like it's a romeo and juliet re-telling and it's not.

This story is about survival.

Two spaceships left a failing earth. One with high religious Christians on board, the other with many faiths and many who did not practice. Years later, after a fertility scare, the "other" space ship has managed to have kids. The Christian ship, not so much.

What follows is the story of
May 04, 2011 Catriona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect - wrongly, i expected something similar to 'across the universe' which i read last year and also enjoyed. Instead i got a much more intelligent and thought provoking read and less of a love story. I'm trying not to include too many spoilers as the themes surprised me and thats what made it great - the surprise, however, without knowing about the central themes, i feel this book could be unfairly lost in the teen dystopia/science fiction genre with the amount of relea ...more
*** 2.5 stars *** The teens-alone-in-outer-space thriller was suspense-laden enough to make me go on reading until the very last cliffhanging page, but as the religious conflict, the fertility aka mating issues, the Lord-of-the-Flies-or-Gone-like, but highly improbable, kiddie rule on board of the deserted, damaged and slightly dusty, but peachy-going mega-ship Empyrean (120 boys aged between two and 15 keep everything running for almost six months from gravity to clean airfilters and from chick ...more
KJ Shadows
Oct 28, 2011 KJ Shadows rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Wither & Across the Universe
4 stars

What can I say? I know its not perfect and there are countless things I can get into where this book could have improved but I simply just liked it. It reminded me of Across the Universe, although not nearly as good. The problem I had with it was I didn't feel connected or attached to the characters in anyway like I did with Universe. I'm also rating it based on the fact that I'm not into all-space books but lately it's like a tidal wave came in of sci-fi writers that simply just blow yo
Apr 05, 2012 Nicola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Across the Universe
Glow completely blew my mind. I was hoping that the gorgeous cover wasn't hiding a mediocre book and I can now say for certain that it wasn't! I loved this book and I now have yet another series to follow obsessively. While Glow is a science fiction novel, it's not heavy on the science and is much more about people and how they react under different circumstances. While it wasn't exactly what I was expecting, I was very happy with what I found!

This book follows our two young protagonists- Waverl
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“You’re so naïve.” Felicity laughed scornfully. “Don’t you see what people are? They’re animals. Every one of them.”
“Felicity.” Waverly grabbed hold of the girl’s hand and squeezed hard enough to hurt, until Felicity lifted her eyes to Waverly’s. “We’re animals, too. We can fight back.”
Felicity yanked her hand away. “You idiot. It doesn’t matter how hard you fight.”
“It matters to me,” Waverly said quietly.
“So fight, then,” Felicity spat over her shoulder.
Waverly stood up, fists clenched. “I will.”
“We do matter. To believe that our lives are meaningful is the essence of faith. We are not as large, or as bright, or as eternal as the stars, but we carry humankind's message of love across the galaxy. We are the first. We are the world makers. Our nourishment is hope. Like the tender reed shaking in the wind, we will reach up to a new sun.” 7 likes
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