Oh, my! A few months back, I was perusing a few of the book blogs that I follow and I came across a book giveaway. I had never heard of the book, but the description looked interesting so I signed up. Weeks later, long after I had forgotten the giveaway, a book showed up at my door. It was an Advanced Readers' Edition of Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan. I have only just now been able to get to it and oh, my!
Glow is a wonderfully imaginative book built around a world hundreds of years in the future. Two ships have left Earth, which has been ruined by pollution and war, to find a new planet. The survival of the species is of utmost importance, but that's not as simple as it seems. One of my favorite things in this book is that no character is all good or all bad. It is difficult for the reader to know who to trust which leads to multiple plot twists and surprises. I have seen this book described as sci-fi, paranormal, romance and even dystopian, but whatever you want to call it, it is fascinating. I was riveted. If we hadn't been visiting family for the holidays, I would have hidden in my room and read it straight through cover to cover.
This book is the beginning of what is sure to be a very exciting series. The next installment, Spark will be released in July 2012 and I can't wait! It is so rare that I start a series at the very first and the waiting may drive me mad!
Please read this and tell me what you think!