Book Review: Glow

review-cover-glowTitle: Glow [Potency 1]

Author: Aubrey Hadley

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Rating: 5 Stars



The Sleeping Syndrome has returned after a six-month hiatus. This time, it’s popped up in New York, and it’s wiped out an entire homeless shelter. The same night of the outbreak — thousands of miles away — Harper, a seventeen-year-old girl, finds herself face-to-face with a glowing figure in the desert outskirts of her neighborhood.

As the world goes on high-alert from the Syndrome, Harper is kidnapped and taken to the Base of Ki, a massive dome with a sheening white city and fantastic technology … built by beings from another solar system.

There, she must form cross-species alliances to save her friends, family, and the human race before she loses all chance of returning to Earth.


Glow by Aubrey Hadley was a fantastic foray into YA Science Fiction. Filled with undercurrents of adventure, post-apocalyptic alien wars, plague, superhuman powers, and thrilling deception, the book had a little of everything.

The writing was clear, easy to follow, and pulled me in from the very beginning. I liked most of the characters, and could at least sympathize with the few I didn’t (I’m looking at you, Harper’s mom). The author did a good job of keeping me in Harper’s shoes for most of the story, letting me experience her confusion and uneasiness as she learned the “truth” behind the sleeping syndrome, and then more as she learned new truths, and eventually uncovered more lies. The plot was a bit of a rollercoaster!

If you like YA, science fiction, and apocalyptic stories, I would highly recommend you give this one a read.