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First off, this was much more grim than I was expecting! But then, for some reason I was expecting a sappy teenage love story, and with the space battle and all the desperate fights to save a spaceship and survive captivity, there wasn’t time! All in all? This is what happens when space colonists meet the boys from Lord of the Flies and a crazy baby cult. Not a lot of clear thinking, lots of pressure, and plenty of room for disaster.
The plot switches between Waverly and Kieran’s points of view, each with its own narrator – both of whom read very well, by the way. They’re about sixteen, and as the oldest girl and boy on a space voyage that will take nearly a century, they thought their lives were all mapped out. That all changes the day their spaceship unexpectedly catches up to the one that left ahead of them.
I really enjoyed hearing the details about life aboard the ships. The gardens and orchards, everyone’s jobs, what they ate, how day-to-day life went, that sort of thing. As always with sci-fi, I found myself picking out small details that couldn’t be true, but that’s almost part of the fun for me. Another reviewer mentioned that the adults on this voyage were like “lemmings,” and there were several times I had to agree! Perhaps life in a small, enclosed community breeds naiveté? Interestingly, while Waverly and Kieran are clearly marked as the main characters, I found Kieran to be much less interesting than the other boys on the ship. He’s too weak and spoiled. But then, this isn’t a story about perfect people. In fact, it’s clear the whole time that human flaws are what drive everything about the storyline! By the end of the book it’s hard to tell who to trust, up to and including the main characters.
For a book marketed towards adolescents there are some seriously adult issues floating around. The rights of the individual vs. the rights of a group, procreative rights, the role of religion in society, morality, organized religion vs. cult behavior… And the interesting thing is that the answers aren’t all spelled out. For example, we see religion used for horrible purposes, religion used for good purposes, and then are given pause to wonder, “Wait, is that what’s really going on?” I was almost turned off when for a moment it looked like a strong dose of Sunday School was going to descend on the story and simplistically save the day, but that’s not what ended up happening at all. The day is not yet saved, simplistically or otherwise, and while religion is definitely an element, it’s not clear which way the chips will fall by the end of the trilogy.
The book ends at a reasonable stopping point, but also sees things running headlong toward a new conflict. The characters are all in desperate situations, and each one is reacting differently. There is a lot of story left to tell, and I’m interested to see how this plays out. Not quite riveted, but interested. There may be more going on under the surface than I was expecting!
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This story was about two different spaceships bound for the same planet far, far away. It will take years for them to arrive and when they do arrive, they will be the people who colonize the new planet. But something goes wrong on the ships and none of the women can conceive children. While one ship (The Empyrean) figures out a cure, the other (The New Horizon) does not. The New Horizon decides they want to ‘borrow’ some of the young girls from the Empyrean. The captain of the Empyrean is not willing to give over any of the young girls so the New Horizon decides to take matters into their own hands.
This was a very interesting story. It is always interesting to see what would happen if there is a breakdown in the normal ‘society’ you are used to. Especially when teenaged boys are put in charge of themselves. The typical result usually reminds me of what happened in ‘The Lord of the Flies’.
Although this is the first book in a series, it did come to a satisfying conclusion. The next book will be even more interesting because we get to throw spaceships, weapons, and teenaged girls into the mix with the teenaged boys.
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan was about two spaceships bound for a new planet, but tragedy strikes when one of the ships, the New Horizon, decides to steal all of the young girls off the other ship because they have been unable to conceive children for many years.
This story has two very different points of views, mostly on two different ships. It tells how easily it would be for a chain of command to be broken when there are no adults present and only young boys run a whole ship and what happens when young girls get taken aboard a ship filled with only older men and women, when most of the women are crazy (my opinion, not really said anywhere). I liked this book, I honestly did, even though fantasy is more my forte. It always makes me wonder about boys though. They are just so stubborn and controlling >_<#
4.5 out of 5 stars. Just because honestly, I think the New Horizon crew wouldn’t have lived as long as they did. And the boys on the Empyrean… well… I’ll let you read it to figure it out ;)
I liked this book in a very, very, weird way. I understood everything, but it was kinda evil in a good way. It was so twisted, like if you and everyone on your whole ship couldn’t have children, then young women that could have children came on to your ship, what would you do? Yeah, I think we all have that picture in our minds. To keep our society growing, I think we would do anything. And in this book, they were willing to do anything!
So yes I did like this book, but it’s not for people can’t accept that desperate people will do desperate things. So be warned!!!
Overall I liked this book, I would give it a 4 out of 5 stars.
The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by Ilyana Kadushin and Matthew Brown and they made a great match. Their voices sounded age appropriate and both were able to give the proper attitude and angst attached to each of their teenaged characters.
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