Sky Chasers

Amy Kathleen Ryan

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

336 Pages



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A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominee

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The Empyrean is the only home 15-year-old Waverly has ever known. Part of the first generation to be successfully conceived in deep space, she and her boyfriend Kieran will be pioneers of New Earth. Waverly knows she must marry young in order to have children who can carry on the mission, and Kieran, the handsome captain-to-be, has everything Waverly could want in a husband. Everyone is sure he’s the best choice. Still, there’s a part of Waverly that wants more from life than marriage, and she is secretly intrigued by the shy, darkly brilliant Seth.

Suddenly, Waverly’s dreams are interrupted by the inconceivable—a violent betrayal by the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon. The New Horizon’s leaders are desperate to populate the new planet first, and will do anything to get what they need: young girls. In one pivotal moment, Waverly and Kieran are separated, and find themselves at the helm of dangerous missions, where every move has potentially devastating consequences, and decisions of the heart may lead to disaster.


Praise for Glow

"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, New York Times 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!”—Lisa McMann, The New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

"With a compelling plot and complicated characters you love to hate and hate to love, Glow will capture readers."—April Henry, The New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen and Learning to Fly

Glow captivated me from start to finish. The action-packed narrative and the characters’ struggle to survive without losing their humanity make for a compelling read.”—Alexandra Adornetto, New York Times bestselling author of Halo

"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

"Aboard Empyrean, a space ship hurtling towards New Earth, fifteen year-old Waverly and sixteen-year-old Kieran are among the many children conceived despite the adults' infertility problems. Set to marry and be the ship's leaders, Waverly and Kieran's future is bright until the crew of the Empyrean's sister ship, the New Horizon, violently attack and kidnap all the girls. Unable to conceive, the crew of the New Horizon accept the girls as their divinely-appointed salvation and they try to indoctrinate their prisoners while Waverly struggles to find the truth. On the Empyrean, Kieran battles his rival as he also tries to save the remaining adults, find the girls, and give the boys he leads something to believe in. Alternating between Waverly and Kieran's viewpoints, the pair's struggle to reunite is intense, and the novel is certainly action packed."—Rachel Wadham, VOYA

“Our favorite part: You're never quite sure who to trust in this book. Each character has, at the very least, dual motives, which makes for a super-exciting plot . . . Plus, the mysterious ending left us anxious for the next installment! You'll love it if you love futuristic post-apocalyptic stories, like The Hunger Games!”—

“No less than the fate of humanity is at stake in Amy Kathleen Ryan's rich and emotional sci-fi tale . . . an entertaining read featuring hairy action sequences and a female antagonist on par with the literary likes of Nurse Ratched and Dolores Umbridge.”—USA Today

“The opening salvo in a promising series.”—People

“Waverly's initiative and intellect ensure that even as a prisoner she is far from a damsel in distress . . . Desire to find out which of the proactive characters' bold moves end in disaster will leave readers clamoring for the next installment of this space saga.”—Kirkus Reviews

“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)

"In this futuristic thriller, first in the Sky Chasers series, humanity's fate will be determined by two warring colony ships, en route to a new home. Ryan immediately throws her heroes into action as the New Horizon attacks the Empyrean, with little warning or mercy. Soon, most of the Empyrean's adult crew are dead or missing and its girls and young women kidnapped, leaving an untrained, unready band of boys to repair and take command of the ship. Aboard the New Horizon, 15-year-old Waverly learns that she and the other girls were "rescued" to help the infertile women of the ship birth a new generation, and she immediately starts planning her escape. On the Empyrean, her 16-year-old boyfriend, Kieran, jockeys for control against the charismatic but treacherous Seth, dividing the makeshift crew . . . Waverly's self-reliance, determination, and inner strength make her a heroine to remember . . ."—Publishers Weekly

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The other ship hung in the sky like a pendant, silver in the ether light cast by the nebula. Waverly and Kieran, lying together on their mattress of hay bales, took turns peering at it through a spyglass. They knew it was a companion vessel to theirs, but out here, in the vastness of space, it could have been as tiny as a OneMan or as immense as a star—there were no points of reference.
“Our ships are so ugly,” Waverly said. “I’ve seen pictures, but in person…”
“I know,” said Kieran, taking the spyglass from
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  • Amy Kathleen Ryan

  • Amy Kathleen Ryan earned an MA in English Literature at the University of Vermont, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School Creative Writing for Children Program in New York City. She is also the author of two widely acclaimed young adult novels, Zen and Xander Undone and Vibes.
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