Battlestar Galactica: The Teen Years

If you know me, then you know that I love Battlestar Galactica, which would explain why I had so much fun reading Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011).


So you have a spaceship filled with what is left of humanity in search of New Earth when ANOTHER spaceship randomly shows up, just like when the Pegasus found the Galactica and everyone was like, “What the frak?! More people?! Maybe they are Cylons…” and then Admiral Cain ruins EVERYTHING because everyone knows that Commander Adama should be running the show… except there are no Cylons in Glow and it is a woman named Mather that ruins everything.

The book starts with Waverly and Kieran hanging out on the Empyrean, discussing the sudden appearance of The New Horizon. According to the plan, two ships left Earth in search of New Earth since humanity had utterly ruined the first planet that had. Jerks. The New Horizon left first and was later followed by the Empyrean. There were light years of distance between the two ships, so The New Horizon had to slow down significantly in order for the Empyrean to ever catch up with them. Which made everyone realize that they had to be there for an important reason… dun Dun DUN.

There was something about the space travel that made all of them women infertile. After years of tests, the Empyrean figured out a solution and let the other ship in on their new found science. Except they didn’t. The captain was kind of a huge asshole and sent the wrong formula to the other ship and made all of the women permanently sterile. Not a smart move considering that they got so pissed off that they slowed down their ship and waited and plotted for YEARS in a nebula for the Empyrean to show up so that they could kill all of the adults and kidnap the girl children, abandon the boy children and then steal the girls eggs so that they could impregnate themselves. What the frak?! It is almost as bad as when Starbuck was captured by Cylons and they stole her eggs and then on top of that, she found out that they were basically using human women as incubators while they tried to create little Cylon babies.

The book alternated between Apollo, I mean Kieran, and Waverly as they try and survive on the two different ships. I was all there with Waverly’s story. She was fighting for her life, trying to save the other girls and keep them from getting brainwashed, all the while knowing that 18 women on the ship were pregnant with her babies and that some of the adults from her ship (her mother included) were on board if she could only find them! She is a strong female character who makes mistakes and is flawed, but is a fighter and kind of sarcastic, which I appreciate.

Kieran on the other had is kind of meh. I didn’t dislike him, but I didn’t like him much either. He just is. His story line gets weird because he is clearly trying to make the best of an impossible situation, but ends up in the brig and they threaten to throw him out the air lock (why are people on spaceships always thrown in the brig? Are they Space Pirates?! And do spaceships ever have an airlock that is designated for throwing people out of it, because that seems to be the main form of punishment?!) because some huge asshole that we are supposed to feel sorry for, decides to take over and rule through fear and pain. Oh yeah, and there is supposed to be some kind of love triangle between violent jerk kid, boring teen and feisty girl. None of their actions made much sense to me. It wasn’t bad by any stretch, but I usually found myself rushing to get to the next Waverly chapter.

I won’t give away any more of the story, but I would definitely recommend it to sci-fi fans. All in all, it is only missing Cylons. The second book in the series, Spark,  will be out July 17, 2012 and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!


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