Review: Glow (Sky Chasers #1)
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publish Date: September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD | 10 Hours
Rating: 4½ of 5
In the not too distant future Earth is becoming uninhabitable; its collapse is imminent. Two large ships and crews, the Empyrean and the New Horizon, leave earth on a voyage into deep space to colonize a new planet, New Earth. It will take many years and several generations to reach the new world.
On the Empyrean fifteen-year-old Waverly, one of the first of the new generation born in deep space, is an average teenager. The ship, a peaceful farming vessel, is the only world she knows. Her biggest problem is whether she should marry Kieran, a handsome young leader destined to be the next captain, or date others. But her life would soon change dramatically.
On the New Horizon, all is not well. The women of that ship are infertile and there is no next generation to carry on the mission to New Earth. In desperation the crew plan and carry out an attack on the Empyrean and kidnap the young girls with the intent of using them to repopulate their ship. The unsuspecting adults on the Emyprean are easily captured or killed as their world has only known peace for decades. Now the children must quickly mature and assume leadership roles.
This was a fast-paced, dystopian tale filled with timely and relevant topics that I found riveting to listen to. Fertility and religion were both addressed and presented well. There was romance, conflict and a love triangle. This is not hard scifi but more of what I would call space opera. We were in a new world but without a lot of the world building that often accompanies scifi, fantasy and dystopian novels. That did leave a lot of questions unanswered, and more than a bit of mystery to eventually be revealed, but that did not distract from my enjoyment or understanding of the story. On the contrary, it kept me listening.
The book is written in the third person and our narrators are Waverly and Kieran. A disadvantage of using third-person storytelling was that I couldn’t really feel what Waverly or Kieran were thinking. This was a story with a lot of emotion and first person would have worked to convey more of that to the reader or listener.
The audio production had two narrators, Ilyana Kadushin and Matthew Brown, neither of whom I had listened to before. Both did a nice job with the reading. It was easy to tell the difference between the adults and children’s voices and emotions such as anger and rage were clearly expressed.
Glow is the first book of the new series, Skychasers. The second book, Sparks, has an expected publication date of July 2012. I don’t read a lot of YA, but this series reminds me of the type of books I adored when I was a teen. I am looking forward to the next installment.
Source: Audio CD provided by the publisher.