Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons
Pages: 336 pages
Published: February 10th, 2015 by Tor Teen
Genre: Dystopian YA (I consider this dystopian)
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 hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
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It's that time again when I'm in one of my many horrible, nasty reading slumps, and I just can't seem to get out of it no matter what book I try and read. Well let me just say ladies and gents, that The Glass Arrow is my life saver and book-slump picker-upper. I am in shock by how awesome this book is. There seems to be really two sides of the story for this book- those who have absolutely loved it and those who didn't enjoy it. Sit down and grab a cup of coffee because it's going to take a while to get all of my feels out for this book!
Now this book was very reminiscent of the book The Walled City by Ryan Graudin in ways that the dystopian societies of both books were similar. In both societies, women are "hunted", for a lack of a better term and auctioned off to potential buyers who either want to impregnate them or keep them for pleasure. I get so emotional when I read books with these types of story because sometimes I wonder what would happen if I was in their shoes, however the writing and characters continue to bring me joy time and time again. Our main character Aya really is a fighter and just like the MC in The Walled City, she was desperate to do just about anything to escape. And I liked, for the most part, that she teamed up with the most inconspicuous of characters. Be prepared to find a lot of running and fighting in this book because it was all action and fun! Never a dull moment and I had no excuse to put the book down.
Silly YA romances? After finishing this book I didn't feel like the author focused on the romance between characters, and that's not necessarily a bad thing! She excelled in creating at least some romantic tension between characters Aya and Kiran. Ohh boy Kiran was mysterious and intriguing. Kristen Simmons is full of surprises and after every chapter, she left me clutching onto my reading chair, scared and worried about the character's well-beings.
Throughout the beginning and the middle of the book I was so confused as to why this book was called "The Glass Arrow". It wasn't mentioned till, maybe, I was like about 300 pages in the book and then the light bulb appeared over my head as to why. A very peculiar title at first glance if you ask me, but as I continued I'm glad it made more and more sense.