Friday, January 16, 2015

ARC Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Publisher: TOR Teen
Expected Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: YA Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Action
Source: Print ARC

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.


I'd like to think I would be just like our main character, Aya, an independent girl who takes crap from no one. When going into The Glass Arrow, I knew that the story would not only take me away from reality but that it would consume me like no other. The story itself was beautifully told. It's also one that's as harsh as it is terrifying. Young girls are sold off to the highest bidder and made to breed.

When we meet Aya, she lives deep in the mountains away from that horrible society. But it all comes crashing down when she gets caught and sent to what's known as The Garden. The Garden is where the girls are prepped and prodded to be made perfect for whoever it may be that buys them. It's absolutely horrifying to even think about. Aya, who is known as Clover, will do anything to avoid being sold. One day she goes too far and ends up meeting a mysterious boy who can't talk. It's through him who she confides her secrets to; sort of like friends do.

What happens if she gets sold? What about her family that got left behind? They need her, she needs them. Is risking her life for freedom really worth it? What's living if you won't ever be able to think for yourself? After all, being a woman in this world, you're pretty much treated like scum.

I'll admit the beginning of the book ran very slow for me. I enjoyed the feistiness of Aya but there were times when the book seriously dragged. I kept wondering to myself when world it pick up. In all, there are four parts to the story and for me; it started picking up around the end of the second part. That's when I was so engrossed and practically flipping the pages as fast as I could to get to the end.

I think the world building was very intriguing to say the least. I know I would never want to live in a world such as this one. Some of the girls grew up wanting and knowing they would be sold off in an auction. And they were happy about it. Say what? It was like a privilege in their minds. Aside from some of those characters, I enjoyed Aya and her backbone.

Overall, I ended up loving The Glass Arrow. I still have some unanswered questions and I'm unsure if there is even a sequel...but the book is definitely one to be put on your TBR. You have my full recommendation!
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About the Author:
Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series and THE GLASS ARROW (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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