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.
Glow is the most riveting series debut since The Hunger Games, and promises to thrill and challenge readers of all ages.
St. Martin's Griffin, Hardcover, September 2011, ISBN: 978-0312590567
St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, July 2012, ISBN: 9781250007834
"Ryan has created a fascinating and thrilling story that is sure to captivate teens. The themes of survival, morality, religion, and power are well developed, and the characters are equally complex. The author has also created a unique and vivid outer-space setting that is exciting and easy to imagine. This gripping first installment is difficult to put down, and successfully sets the stage for the rest of the series."
—School Library Journal (starred review)
"Utterly engrossing. Dinner went uncooked, children were left to fend for themselves, and dog howled all night, because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN."
—Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of ttyl and Shine
"Glow has an ingenious, twisty, heart-stopping plot, and characters that are in turns both sympathetic and sinister all the way to the last page—I don't know who I can trust, and I love it! With incredibly wide audience appeal (lovers of dystopia, romance, sci-fi, and/or paranormal will totally dig it), Glow will thrill the masses, tempt the reluctants, and challenge the moralists and intellects, all in one fell swoop. Glow is the bookseller's golden ticket answer to the teen who has read everything...or nothing."
—Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake series, and Cryer's Cross
"With a compelling plot and complicated characters you love to hate and hate to love, Glow will capture readers."
—April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen and Learning to Fly
"Glow has it all—intrigue, action, suspense and romance set against a jaw-dropping futuristic backdrop. Amy Kathleen Ryan has woven a thought-provoking and compelling novel that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. I couldn't! This is a thrilling read."
—Courtney Summers, author of Fall for Anything and Cracked up to Be
"There is so much awesome storytelling going on in this book... this is definitely a book you will want to read cover to cover to get the full impact but suffice it to say that religion, women's choice, the idea of power and dominance, and so much more is covered in Glow... These themes are very smoothly articulated into the overall plot. There are surprises, twists and turns aplenty, but perhaps it is the characters that hooked me most of all."
—YA Librarian Tales Blog (read the full review)