Waiting on Wednesday: Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

I like space.  It’s a fascinating place in real life, and it’s the type of environment that countless adventures can be placed in.  With the YA genre getting recently crowded with dystopian settings and the ever present urban fantasy genre, it’s nice to see a series that will be set in a spaceship.  Despite the confining nature, there’s a lot you could do with and in spaceships.  I like spaceships even more than I like space.  That’s why I’m very hopeful and excited for my Waiting on Wednesday pick, Glow.


Amy Kathleen Ryan

St. Martin’s Griffin
Releases on Sept. 27 (Amazon says Sept. 13)
307 pages
Buy it here from Amazon

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.

The fact that this blurb makes the book sound like a teenage love triangle that just happens to be occurring on a spaceship should really turn me off.  Every other YA book I pick up these days has the same trite love triangle plot device.  And yet, I’m not turned off.  Do I hope that there’s more focus on the fertility troubles and conflict between the two ships?  Absolutely.  Do I want space battles and other wonderful spacey things instead of “Woe is me, which boy do I choose?”  Yes, please, and that’s what I’m hoping for considering the blurb ends with the space conflict and not focusing on the “Woe is me…” thing.  It’s been a long time since I’ve read proper in-space sci-fi and this sounds like it could be a nice new take on a tired YA trope.  With enough world building, I can see myself really liking this series.


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