I was very excited to read The Glass Arrow when I saw it swimming through twitter in ARCS.
Such a different concept in a dystopian world! Females sold for breeding? I’m already hooked!
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (February 10, 2015)
- Language: English
Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some man’s forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they’re all used up.
Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her.
Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom . . . if she can truly trust him.
My Review: There have been a lot of dystopian books lately, which I love, and The Glass Arrow shined like a tiny bright star in the dark blanket of dystopian book space. In this world men sell to the highest bidder females for breeding. Females are scarce and hunted like cattle. Our main character Aya lives with a band of woman on the run from such atrocious rules. They live a simple life in the mountains. Aya has learned from her mother, cousin and others how to hide from Trackers, and she’s quite good at it. But her skills aren’t enough to save her from capture when a hunting party finds the camp. Now in the Garden, a prison like compound with fertile girls waiting to be auctioned to hungry men who want sons, Aya’s survival instincts kick in. She does everything she can to stay away from auction. She meets a mute Driver, Kiran, who will help Aya escape her buyer, because she does get sold. Intense, action packed and brutal are all the emotions that played together in this book.
Aya was strong and independent girl. A wonderful heroine in a brutal world ruled by men. She isn’t here to save the world, just herself and those she loves. And the romance? YES, no love triangle here! Kiran is a Driver, who is more than he appears. The chemistry between the two is smoldering.
Kiran is clever and strong. He is quiet, stubborn, and brave just like Aya, which makes them perfect for each other! There interactions are slight at the beginning and build throughout the book. I found myself yearning for Kiran just like Aya!
Kristen did a fantastic job at world building. A unique plot and vivid description kept the book distinctive from any other dystopian book. And the fact that the characters wanted to save each other rather than the world was refreshing. Kristen’s detail into her characters and the setting was beautiful and intriguing. Every description brought me further and further into the book. The world is horribly intriguing and the characters were a light in that darkness. Kristen’s writing kept my attention from the first chapter until I closed the book. I was so happy to hear this was a stand alone because I LOVED the ending!
Should you read this? YES! A perfect dystopian book that has a unique plot with a refreshing ending. A stand alone book that leaves you fulfilled with the characters and the plot and setting. I can’t wait to see what Kristen brings next.
NOTE: I received a ARC from Tor Teen for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and aren’t influenced in any way!
About the Author:
Kristen Simmons writes young adult fiction – the kind that’s dark and scary but generally involves some kissing. She’s the author of ARTICLE 5 (2012), BREAKING POINT (2013), and THREE (2014), as well as THE GLASS ARROW (2015), and METALTOWN (2016). Words cannot describe how happy all this makes her.
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I’ve helped so many teens find this book at the library! It makes me happy to see a book in the hands of patrons, a book I loved! On a side note, I sometimes fantasize myself doing this at the library….and singing.