Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Pages: 331 Pages
Release Date: February 10, 2015
“My ma taught me one thing from the beginning: My body is mine. My own. No one else’s. Just because somebody thinks they have rights to it, doesn’t make it true.”
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Review (SPOILER FREE!)
I’m going to review this book in five categories: plot, characters, originality, pace, and ending.
Plot 10/10- I wholeheartedly loved the plot of this novel. I thought the events that happened all had purpose and I honestly wouldn’t have changed a thing. It also had many surprising little plot twists that I really loved! The story was genuinely just incredible and I highly commend Kristen Simmons. She had some incredible quotes throughout as well, such as the one I wrote at the top of this review. 🙂
Originality 10/10- This concept of this book was so interesting and thought-provoking for me. I found myself thinking a lot about how women are treated in our world and how one day this dystopian world might not be so far from reality. It is just a concept I feel like all women could connect with while reading. From the synopsis, you can see that in this novel the concept is that women are owned by men purely for breeding and are treated as strictly possessions, bought and sold against their will. The book follows Aya, who is trying to escape being sold. It’s just super interesting and so original; I’ve never read/heard of anything like it.
Characters 10/10- I felt very connected to the main character and loved how each character in this book had a story. Even characters you glimpsed for only a few pages had a story and it just helped me to feel very invested in the story. You don’t get everyone’s story immediately obviously; the character development is just very thorough and well done throughout the book. I was so emotionally invested in these characters that I cried multiple times while reading this book. The characters were very strong, smart, compassionate, and sarcastic at times. I mean, what else can you really ask for?
Pace 10/10- Overall, I felt as though this book was paced very well. The beginning pulls you in immediately because of how action-packed it is. Then, throughout the novel, every event seems to be timed perfectly and nothing feels dragged on or rushed.
Ending 9.9/10- Okay, I just put 9.9 because I’m petty and REALLY wish there was an epilogue!!!!! I totally understand why there wasn’t one and I was satisfied by the ending but I just loved this book so much!!!!! I want more!!!!!!!
Overall, I seriously loved this book and now it’s one of my all time favorites! If the concept interests you I HIGHLY suggest reading this book!
Thank you so much for reading my review! I really hope you enjoyed it and if you want to chat about this, feel free to comment!
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