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Thursday, May 7, 2015

[REVIEW] The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow

Author: Kristen Simmons
Genre: YA Dystopia
Published: February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen
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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.

The Glass Arrow is a haunting, yet hopeful, new novel from Kristen Simmons, the author of the popular Article 5 trilogy.


My thoughts

The Glass Arrow is an excellent read! I've read mixed reviews of this book so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was equal parts excited and worried to start The Glass Arrow because I didn't know if this is a 'me' book. Turns out I don't really have much to worry about.

Aya is a feisty heroine. She’s determined and smart. I think her Garden name, Clover, really suits her because like a weed among flowers, she’s different and wild. She has a strong sense of family even though the twins are not really her blood relations. I found myself rooting for her every step of her journey in the Glasscaster. I also liked that she keeps a level head and is always thinking of her family over herself and the boy she likes.

The writing was okay. It kinda bored me at first and at 28% I was still uninterested. But it’s the kind of story that grows on you and before long, I was hooked. It has a fantasy feel to it even though it’s not a fantasy novel. Maybe it’s because of the title or the book cover. The story’s actually good and I’m glad this is a standalone. Somehow, I don’t want to see this as a series.

The plot is well-executed. The twists and turns are in the right places. It’s also action-packed and had me on edge most of the time. The setting’s not really explored, though. Is this post-apocalyptic or a different world altogether? I’m not really sold on the romance, though. While Kiran was very helpful and saved Aya’s life, I couldn’t picture them together. But I must admit there were a few almost romantic moments.

I really liked the ending! You know that part when the title finally makes sense? That was awesome. And did I say Aya's smart? That ploy she pulled at the end was very clever. I actually thought it wouldn't work out, but thank goodness everything went well in the end.

I understand The Glass Arrow was inspired by The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. And while I didn't really enjoy The Handmaid's Tale when I read it all those years ago, this retelling of sorts was really enjoyable and interesting to read. Kristen Simmons definitely did a great job in this book.

“We are strong and proud and beautiful, and there are not enough stars in the night sky to measure our worth.”

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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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