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Thankfully, there's one book I'm looking forward to reading, and I talked about it just recently.
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?I know Glow actually came out a year ago, but my store is lame. I've waited for it to come in, but it hasn't. Actually, after putting Glow on my Goodreads list, I'd forgotten about it until last week when the author, Amy Kathleen Ryan, came by for the Authors Are Rockstars Blog Tour.
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.
I researched her books for the interview, and I found myself fascinated with Glow all over again. I kept asking, "WHY haven't I read this?!" And then I remembered my store and was cranky for the rest of the evening.
Straight-up sci-fi books are so rare in YA. To take the uneasy ideas of procreation and arranged marriages that float around in dystopian lit and then wrap them up in a battle between intergalactic starships?! Brilliant!
By the way, isn't that just the happiest phrase you've ever heard? Just typing "intergalactic starships" makes me smile.
What are you wishing to read this Wednesday?
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