The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Published by Tor Teen
Published on February 10th 2015
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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.
“We are strong and proud and beautiful and there are not enough stars in the night sky to measure our worth.
I will honor my mother and take care of my family.
Yes, I think. I am just a woman.”
In a few words: This cover lured me in, but it was the characters that kept me drawn to the story.
After reading the blurb, and seeing that this book was a standalone, I was curious to see how the author would tie up the complexities of this story into one book. I can tell you that after reading The Glass Arrow, I am incredibly impressed. This story exhibited wonderful writing, and a well-rounded plot that leaves you wholly satisfied by the end.
This story was so unlike anything else I’ve read; it’s hard to compare it with other books out there. This book was a pleasant mix of dystopian and sci-fi, and had plenty of action to whet an adventurous appetite. I loved that this book was also able to keep me hooked from page one. Even though it had sci-fi elements, I appreciated the lack of convoluted world-building. (Cause let’s face it, that type of stuff can get dull if not done right.)
This book knocked it out of the park for me, and had a perfect combination: a strong heroine, compelling plot, suspense, and excitement. The only negative thing I’d say about it is that I felt that the pacing at times felt either slow or rushed, but overall, the story came together quite nicely.