Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Title: Glow
Author:  Amy Kathleen Ryan
Narrators:  Ilyana Kadushin and Matthew Brown
Series:  Sky Chasers
Publisher:  MacMillan Audio
Publication Date:  September 27, 2011
Source:  publisher

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. Onboard 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.

It’s always easier for me to review a book I purchased myself, mostly because I only buy books I’ll assuredly enjoy. Nonetheless, I received this audiobook from the publisher, and I will try my best to provide an honest review without being too disparaging.

As I said in my preliminary review of this book on Goodreads, the storyline was decent. It’s actually what kept me listening through all eight CDs. I could see where the author wanted to take the story, and it made it easier to understand the character’s actions and motivations. I just wish it wasn’t all so nefarious.

As for the characters, I just couldn’t connect or identify with any of them. If I had to pick one that I actually liked, it would have been Waverly. She made some mistakes, but she realized that, and she still showed true heroism in the end. She did what was needed to ensure survival of her people…if not for all, at least for those it mattered most. The character interactions and the dialogue between the characters, at least when told through Kieran’s POV, were just unpleasant to listen to. Not that the events told through Waverly’s were much better, but at least they were of a more mature nature, with much less name-calling and violence.

I think my biggest issue with this novel, is the fact that SO much is crammed into one book, despite the fact that this is the first book in a series. The synopsis makes it sound as if the love story (possible triangle?) is first and foremost, but it really takes a backseat to the colonization of New Earth. Not a problem for me, since I find that sometimes the romantic elements can really bog down a terrific story, but if you were hoping for a love triangle, you’ll be upset, at least in this first installment.

I think there are some that will say that if you like the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis, you will enjoy this series as well, but I cry foul. The premise is slightly similar, but Revis unravels her sci-fi tale beautifully, keeping the reader engrossed while hinting at things to come. But I felt that Glow rushed through so much with no time for reflection and barely any time for reaction.

One thing I would like to point out, with regards to the audiobook, is that I have a newfound appreciation for narrator Ilyana Kadushin. I didn’t much care for her narration of All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin because it felt like she wasn’t involved in the story…couldn’t care less about the characters and what happened to them. However, upon listening to her performance of Glow, I realize that maybe her interpretation of the Zevin story was that Anya didn’t care so much. Because her rendition of Glow was such that I actually felt sad for Waverly’s circumstances. As for the other narrator, the voice of Kieran, my feelings are neutral. It’s not his fault the dialogue between the boys left on the ship was so mundane and juvenile. I do think that I might have preferred the audio with one single narrator, but as the story was told from two separate points-of-view, from two separate ships for the majority of the book, I guess that couldn’t be helped.

An aside: I also received a finished copy of this book from the publisher at ALA Midwinter, and had I been reading from the text myself, I might have thrown the book across the room a few times out of frustration.

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  1. Yeah I was not a fan of this book at all. Thanks for an honest review.

  2. ha ha at throwing the book.

    I was excited about this one.. for the simple fact that I love Across the Universe.. so glad I didn't get sucked into that trap.

    Better you than me.. Sucka!

    lol I say that with love..

  3. oh, and did you know I can say I have my period in slavanian. I so totally can.. perhaps my next vlog. lol

  4. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this one. It was one of my favorite reads of last year. But I know it's not for everyone - a couple of my friends have read it and one did not really enjoy it that much, either. But - I also loved Across the Universe! So it is possible to love both! ;) But no worries, we all have our own opinions and not everyone is going to love the same thing!

  5. I cOmpletely agree w/you. I read an ARC of Glow and I did throw it! I didn't really like any of the characters, maybe Waverly. But Seth and Kieran? Ugh. I hated how it kept switching back & forth as to which one was bad. Wasn't this one compared to The Hunger Games on the cover? Wow.
    Great review, as usual!

  6. Thanks for your honest review! I didn't like this one, either.

  7. Aw, I'm sad to hear this was such a disappointment! I've heard this from several other bloggers though...that's too bad. Appreciate the honest review, though. :)

    Wendy ♥ The Midnight Garden


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