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Sky Chasers 1:Glow [Kindle Edition]

Amy Kathleen Ryan
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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'Utterly engrossing. Dinner went uncooked, children were left to fend for themselves, and the dog howled all night, because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.' --Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of ttyl and Shine

'Glow captivated me from start to finish. The action-packed narrative and the characters' struggle to survive without losing their humanity makes for a compelling read.' --Alexandra Adornetto, NYT bestselling author of HALO

'Glow is an out of this world love story that takes you on a fast paced thrill ride. I loved that the action happened less than 50 pages in and from there on in it was a completely pulse-pounding read.' --Irresistible Reads

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* A School Library Journal Best Book of 2011 *

Praise for "Glow"

"Utterly engrossing. Dinner went uncooked, children were left to fend for themselves, and the dog howled all night, because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN." - Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of "Shine"

""Glow" captivated me from start to finish. The action-packed narrative and the characters' struggle to survive without losing their humanity make for a compelling read." - Alexandra Adornetto, "New York Times "bestselling author of "Halo"

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"GLOW has an ingenious, twisty, heart-stopping plot, and characters that are in turn both sympathetic and sinister all the way to the last page - I don't know who I can trust, and I love it!" - Lisa McMann, "New York Times" bestselling author of the Wake trilogy
"Ryan has created a fascinating and thrilling story that is sure to captivate teens... [with] a unique and vivid outer-space setting that is exciting and easy to imagine. This gripping first installment is difficult to put down, and successfully sets the stage for the rest of the series." - "School Library Journal "(starred)
"This swift-moving epic is filled with plot twists and enigmatic characters... Fans of the Hunger Games series will zip through and clamor for the next installment." - "Booklist"
"By the end, you'll be desperate for the sequel. [Ryan] throws together a host of moral issues and then launches them into outer space! I'm looking forward to the next book..." - "RT Book Reviews
""Our favorite part: You're never quite sure who to trust in this book. Each character has, at the very least, dual motives, which makes for a super-exciting plot...You'll love it if you love futuristic post-apocalyptic stories, like "The Hunger Games"!" "- Seventeen.com"
"No less than the fate of humanity is at stake in Amy Kathleen Ryan's rich and emotional sci-fi tale... an entertaining read featuring hairy action sequences and a female antagon


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312590563
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (7 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I3PCOI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the interstellar flies 29 Aug 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A science fiction novel for teenagers, but it's good enough to be enjoyed by older readers as well.

I would say the best reading age for the former is fifteen and up, since it's about characters who have just passed puberty. And there are some mild adult references and some rather dark things do happen.

It runs for three hundred and seven pages and is divided into five parts - which contain shorter chapters - plus an epilogue.

Also, it's the first book in a trilogy thus it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger.

The story starts onboard a spaceship called the Empyrean. One of two ships launched from a seemingly doomed Earth to colonise another world. Waverley and Kieran were the first two children born on the ship during it's long voyage. The two are now sixteen and on the verge of romantic commitment.

When trouble strikes, from their sister ship the New Horizon. As a result, both are thrust into terrifying and unfamiliar situations and have to fight for their lives and for the lives of all around them. And even if they can survive, things may never be the same.

Waverley and Kieran are the two viewpoint characters as well, and after the opening the story splits between them, each alternating part describing what is happening to one of them.

Waverley is a prisoner in unfamiliar territory along with other girls and has to fight adults who claim to have their best interests at heart in order to escape. Kieran and other boys find themselves having to save their ship. And disagreements among them have consequences.

This does do very well what I once heard described as being a great way of writing this kind of thing. Break your reader's heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good page turning space yarn 28 Aug 2011
By Jen @ Reading Lark VINE VOICE
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This story is set in space, about 50 years after two space ships launched from a dying Earth with colonists for 'New Earth'. Halfway into their journey, the most pressing thought on everyone's mind is keeping the human race going to avoid extinction and populate New Earth. Initial fertility problems have pressurized the issue so much that Waverly and Kieran, the oldest of the next generation at 15 and 16, are expected to marry and begin doing their part for humanity.

The plot unfolds with the introduction of the second ship's crew, who never fixed their fertility issues, and as such, have no children and no future. This is where the real drama sets in, and it happens early on in the book to create a real sense of pace. Waverly and Kieran become separated, and each has to deal with the consequences of being the eldest child in a society where, as children, they were doted on and never pushed too far.

I found elements of the plot similar to the end of Outside In by Maria V Snyder, and I think that this is actually a good complementary read. You are never quite sure who the "bad guy" is because everyone has a compelling story waiting to win you over. There are things which happen to both main characters that are disturbing and challenge them, and it is very interesting to see how they grow and adapt. I also enjoyed comparing how societies form and build themselves to maintain purpose, which was explored quite a bit here.

I did sit up late into the night to finish this book, in a single sitting, and I'll look forward to the sequel as there is a lot left to get from this concept.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glow 3 Sep 2011
By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Amazing first book in the Sky Chasers trilogy I can't wait for the second and as soon as I'm able to pre-order it I will definitely be doing so. I have managed to read three what I would call absolutely amazing teen novels this year and this book Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan is most definitely one of those three (the other two are Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini and Dearly Departed by Lia Habel). If I could have given this book more than 5 stars I would have and just to clarify I have no personal connection to the author or publishers etc whatsoever, I am a totally independent reviewer.

The story is set in the future in space where two ships The Empyrean and the New Horizon have set off from a crumbling and dying Earth in search of New Earth. The idea being that the crews from both ships will populate New Earth and save the human race. The New Horizon set off a year before The Empyrean and so should have been trillions of miles ahead yet has slowed down to allow The Empyrean to catch up with it and as the story starts the New Horizon is maintaining course next to The Empyrean. Both ships have their own orchards, fisheries and granaries and are in fact identical so the crew of the New Horizon should not have any reason to slow down to meet up with the Empyrean, so why have they? The answer is that the one thing that the New Horizon doesn't have on board is children whilst The Empyrean does.
On board The Empyrean are the stories main characters Waverly and Kieran who have been seeing each other for a while and Kieran has just proposed to Waverly. Straight away within the story the action starts as the crew of the New Horizon forcibly board The Empyrean.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced sci-fi
I have to admit I do enjoy a little science fiction every once in a while. Now don't get me wrong I'm not addicted to Star Trek or anything (although I have seen the movie) but... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Georgina
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected (in a bad way)
I was given this book for free in a giveaway, and, after reading the blurb, I decided that it wasn't something that I would typically buy if I saw it in a book shop. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Natalie
3.0 out of 5 stars A good try at YA Sci-Fi
Today I thought I'd write a review for Glow. Both from the cover and the genre of this book I thought it would be painfully like Across the Universe, which I did not like, and so I... Read more
Published 15 months ago by I. English
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking substance.
Waverly is boarded on the Empyrean, a spaceship on a mission to a new planet after the collapse of Earth. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Smallvillenews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching
Glow is a captivating book it attracted me from the very first page its a unique and sensational novel. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Aleena
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
I received this book from the publisher Macmillan to review. This book is the first in the "Sky Chasers" series by Amy Kathleen Ryan. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Katie Halliday
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you think
This sort of story is not new; but it is thought provoking, I found myself thinking a lot about the perception of reality we have on this planet compared to what it would be if our... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2012 by M. Taplin
3.0 out of 5 stars WHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE
I've put off reviewing this for a while as I was just so disappointed by the main character. I loved the world that Waverly and Co. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2012 by Miss Victoria Ramage
2.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous journey with flaws
A mix of science fiction and dystopian society Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan centers around three teenagers, Waverly, Kieran, and Seth, living on board the Empyrean headed to a new... Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2012 by BLehner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slightly disappointing
I was skeptical about this book at first, and then once I'd seen quite a few positive reviews for it, I was really excited to get my hands on a copy. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Debbie @ Forever Reading
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