Anyway Glow takes place sometime in the future, on a spaceship. A lot of the Earth's resources have been used up and tI won this book from Firstreads.
Anyway Glow takes place sometime in the future, on a spaceship. A lot of the Earth's resources have been used up and the planet is just altogether a hell-hole, or at least that's how I imagined it to be. None of this book takes place on Earth, and we aren't given much description of it, but I'm sure that the place probably sucks.
A new planet has been found, one like Earth, a gazillion light-years away (actually it's never stated in the book how far away this new planet is from Earth, but whatever) and two spaceships have been sent with people on it to settle it basically. These two ships are the New Horizon and the Empyrean, which are a year's distance away from each other. Waverly and Kieran, our 15-year-old main characters in love, live on the Empyrean, rather peacefully too, but it would be even more peaceful without that rascal Seth. Anyway, one day the Empyrean is attacked by the New Horizon and everyone's like, "OMG! WTF!? We're supposed to be allies!"
Then the New Horizon kidnaps the girls, including Waverly, and I'm sure you can guess where the story goes from there.
I liked Glow but there were a few parts that really bored me. On the back one review compares Glow to The Hunger Games but they are nothing alike. The only thing they have in common is that they're both dystopians I guess. So if you're looking for something exactly like The Hunger Games you may be disappointed. If you're just looking for a good story however, well that's different, because Glow really is a good story.
One reviewer said that these kids go through a lot in the book, and they really do. First there's Waverly: I liked her...most of the time. Sometimes she kind of annoyed me, but mostly I truly did like her. She's a very strong character; there were times in the book where it seemed she was on the brink of giving up, but she never did which is admirable. Seriously.
Kieran on the other hand I felt was a little bit weaker. Or maybe I just didn't like him, I don't know. Because he went through a whole too, just as much as Waverly had to go through, and I feel like no one was really sympathetic to him either. I mean I really did feel bad for him when Seth was being an ass. I think I didn't start to dislike him until (view spoiler)[Waverly and the rest of the girls came back. I just don't like Waverly and Kieran together (hide spoiler)].
Then there was Seth. I liked him in the beginning and the end, but he got on my nerves in the middle. What annoyed me the most about these three characters really was the love triangle thing, plus the fact that it seemed like no one really loved each other. I didn't believe that Waverly and Kieran were really in love, and Seth's feelings for Waverly felt more stalkerish to me than anything else. But honestly I just don't like love triangles, I hate them, can't stand them!
The whole religion thing in Glow was interesting too, it's interesting that Ms. Ryan would choose that to be the main driving force in her book. I've heard that a lot of people were upset with how religion and whatnot is protrayed in Glow. (view spoiler)[Personally I think it all depends on how Kieran turns out. If he becomes like Anne Mather then Ms. Ryan may have a personal vendetta on Christianity. But I don't think he will. (hide spoiler)]
I do plan on reading the other books in the trilogy (it's a trilogy right?) mostly because there are a few questions I need to be answered.
Oh and also, just one last thing: I was really annoyed with the New Horizon. I felt like they were just so freakin' stupid. (view spoiler)[Okay, so the women on your ship can't have children, what are you gonna do? Oh, attack your allies! That makes perfect sense! Steal the girls? Okay! I know Anne said that the Empyrean sabotaged them, but c'mon. That's bullshit. (hide spoiler)]...more