The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

 

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

15750874 Title: The Glass Arrow 
Author: Kristen Simmons
Publish Date: February 10, 2015 by Tor Teen
Genre: YA Dystopia
Source: Provided by Publisher

Publisher’s DescriptionOnce 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.

 


Luna_Lovebooks_100Luna Lovebooks says…

You may be thinking: “Oh great. Another YA dystopian novel where the girl has multiple love interests and over throws an oppressive government all on her own at the age of 16.” WRONG! This standalone is about an headstrong girl stuck in a cruel man dominated world but the only thing she wants is to liver her life the way she wants. To no belong to anybody but herself. There is no teenager starting a rebellion. No tyrannical government leader. I love that this is what makes this book one of a kind.

I kept waiting for those protesters to do something drastic and the main character to take up their cause because that is what I am used to. But it never happens. The characters in this novel don’t have that luxury. If they even looked at someone wrong they got killed. Theirs truly is a ruthless world. So it was very refreshing to see that many of the characters looked out for themselves. It is realistic.

I alternated between devouring this novel and wanting to throw it against the wall. Purity is highly valued and fertile women from the wilds even more so because women from the city seem to have infertility problems due to diet supplements. The tone of this book is dark and heavy when it comes to the theme of abuse, sexism and sexual assault. this was usually the point where I would want to throw it against the wall and scream “For the love of God! Someone DO something!”

I love, love, loved the fact that the romance was very slow. It wasn’t insta-love and there were times where Aya was confused as to what these feelings were. Again this is something that is very realistic not just for girls but for teen and even adults as well.

badge5v5Overall The Glass Arrow is a thrilling read. There are a few instances of sexual abuse and allusions to rape. It can be slow in some areas. Simmons will be on my author watch-list from now on. I give this novel 5 arrows.

Other recommendations…

Check out these other great reads! Tracked by Jenny Martin, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Dove Arising by Karen Bao

I received an ARC or review copy of this book from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

 

Stay tuned for a Q & A with the author and an excerpt from The Glass Arrow!

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Posted on July 12, 2017, in 5-Great, Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Luna Lovebooks, Review, Young Adult and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Oooh nice! This one is still in my TBR pile as well! I thought it sounded interesting and kind of scary too since females are treated so horrendously! Glad to see it lived up to expectations despite some moments of slowness! Nice review!

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  2. Thank you and I hope you get a chance to read it!

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