Thursday, September 29, 2011
If You Loved The Hunger Games, Give Glow A Shot
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 conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. Everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Still, there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage, and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.
Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable – a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon’s leaders are desperate to populate the new planet first, and will do anything to get what they need: young girls. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.
Pulse-pounding and addictive, Glow begins the most riveting series since The Hunger Games.
"They are calling this series 'the next Hunger Games', and I can see why. It's action packed, alternating chapters between the 15 year old female lead, Waverly, and the 16 year old male lead, Kiernan. I read this in about 24 hours, unable to put it down (it would have been faster if I could have managed to not sleep or go to work).
The premise is that the Earth is toast, so it has sent out two HUGE ships (HUGE--many levels with the ability to do anything--grow orchards, farm, etc). They left a year apart and they are staffed with the planned progenitors of New Earth. 42 years into the mission, the second ship catches sight of the first ship (which wasn't supposed to happen--they left a year apart and they should be light years away from each other). It seems they have a fertility problem on the first ship--no babies can be conceived there. They need help, and are willing to use force to get it. It is, after all, all about survival of the species. But things are not what they seem, or what they were meant to be, on either ship, and things turn bloody fast.
This is a fast paced, edge of your seat, violent, intense book, clearly at the beginning of a series because the climax leaves you desperate for more. I really do think this is going to be HUGE."