By Amy Kathleen Ryan
Sky Chasers Book One
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Here on Earth we are encouraged to wait until we’re older and ready to have kids. Waverly has the opposite problem. As the first generation to be born in space she is encouraged to marry and have children young. They are the people who will be populating a new world and are expected to multiply sooner rather than later.
She has been with Kieran for a long time and it is expected that they will marry. When he proposes she is less than sure. Kieran is a great guy, almost too perfect, and in line to become the next captain of the ship.
When their ship is attacked by the other ship heading for a new planet they are taken by surprise. Most of the adults are killed, including the captain. This leaves Waverly to attempt to help the small children while Kieran tries to figure out what to do to protect the survivors.
When Waverly and the other females are taken to the new ship we get to hear both of their accounts of what is happening. Kieran attempting to run the ship without time to learn it all. Dealing with the bodies of the people killed, and attempting to keep the other boys alive. He is soon resented and overtaken as leader. He struggles to survive and keep hope that the girls will be rescued.
Meanwhile, Waverly and the other girls were taken to the New Horizon. She struggles to keep the girls from giving up in light of the lies they are being told by the leader of the ship, a woman who comes across as very caring. Waverly does not trust her and believes there is more to the story. When she discovers why the girls are really there she is horrified and angry.
I don’t really know what I thought of this book. At times I liked it, other times I didn’t really care either way. I liked Waverly’s spirit. Kieran was so good that you can’t help but like him. Seth is a boy we learn that Waverly had been interested in right before she started dating Kieran. Waverly is still a little interested in Seth too. Seth sets himself up as a rival of Kieran’s at every opportunity, obviously resentful of him. Yet his past, makes me want to understand him and hope he isn’t really the guy he seems to be.
There are a lot of deaths in Glow and so much is left unsaid. At certain points I wasn’t sure if the section I read really involved death or not. At the same time, the teenagers don’t really know everything that’s going on, including death counts and who survived on a smaller ship. So it was hard for me to decide if I was annoyed by the lack of clarity or if it fit the story.
This is one of those books where I need to read the next one before I can really know how I feel about the first. My overall opinion: I liked it. Very middle of the road not love not dislike.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. The concept is a good one and the series could still be great depending on how the second book goes.
If you like the description and believe you’d enjoy a story set in deep space with teenagers left to fend for themselves you should give it a try. I’ll definitely be picking up the second book to find out what happens next.