Friday, February 17, 2012



Book Review #1297
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Rating: one star (out of four)

This book was thrilling. The first couple of pages got me hooked. I was really intrigued by the world and the instantaneous action! I was drawn in and wanted to know what was going to happen next to the people.

But then it got less and less exciting as I read farther. Even though it was super suspenseful, there were elements that I didn’t think went over so well. It was kind of violent in parts, and I wasn’t really sure if that was necessary. I also felt like a lot of people died, and that just didn't sit well with me. I also didn’t become attached to the characters, I never really connected with any of them and I wasn’t super anxious when anything happened to them. The love story between the two main characters needed help, because I wasn't buying it, I felt like there hadn’t had enough backstory/time/SOMETHING for their relationship and it was a little awkward.

The switching back and forth between the two characters was a little annoying. I was much more interested in what was happening to Waverly and her side of the story than I was in Kerian’s story.


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I also didn’t like violence in Kerian's ship and thought things got out of hand rather quickly. I didn’t see how all of the boys turned on him so fast. I also hadn’t expected for Seth to take over and nearly succeed. I didn’t get why he snapped – I felt like his character should have turned around and helped Kerian, but instead he became this evil and sinister guy who took over after they lost their adults. It seemed to violent and awfully messy to me. 

 I had been fine with most of the religious aspects up until the people on the other ship were being lead by a cult leader and they thought they were doing the will of God. It seemed a little close to home – even though the author was really good about being vague and not referencing anything in particular, I was just annoyed that the “religious” ship had such despair and corruption. I also didn’t like how the lady in charge turned on everybody because of her strict beliefs. I’m not saying that this can’t happen, but I was just annoyed that it was the only solution. I was kind of annoyed because the people on the other ship weren’t much better and the foreshadowing at the beginning didn’t make it sound like things were going to turn out either. It bugged me that the was such corruption among both sides of the human groups on the two different ships. 


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I think though, the biggest thing that got on my nerve was the religious connotations. I just felt like it was a little bleak and I didn't care for how much corruption was involved with religion. I just wish it was handled differently. The ending was what really tipped this book for me though. I had been racing through the story, anxious to get to the ending, and when I finally reached it I wasn’t left with a “That was so creepy, I can’t believe this happened, what is going to happen next? I HAVE TO READ THE NEXT BOOK” I was left with “That was so creepy, I can’t believe this happened, I’m NOT reading the second book.”

I was left with such a sour taste in my mouth. It left me unsatisfied and I was discouraged by the actions and thoughts of the characters on BOTH ships and how all of the events had unfolded….especially on Kerian’s ship. It felt like a messed-up dystopian thriller smashed with Wall•E.

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