Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Publication: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Publisher

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.

The Glass Arrow started off really well with Aya ( who lives in the woods with family) running from her hunters and trying to make sure her family is okay. In her attempt she is captured and held in a woman’s center to be sold and eventually bred. They are held like prisoners or caged animals with little to no regard for their thoughts or feelings. You can guess the amount of cattiness there is when there are a group of girls living together. And they end up not liking Aya too much. Not surprising considering that Aya seems to be one of the few people there who has an issue with women being sold as property to the highest bidder. She gets into a couple of little fights/arguments with one of the girls and as punishment she is held in solitary.
While she is held in solitary, she meets Kiran (Kiran is a Driver and is not in solitary with Aya) who seems to be a mute. She talks to him and tells him parts of her life.  She doesn’t know it yet, but Kiran will play a big part in Aya’s life.
I liked The Glass Arrow, but I wasn’t in love with it. Maybe it’s because I don’t read a lot of futuristic books, but I wasn’t hooked on it like I was hoping I would be. The world Kristen Simmons created is a unique, scary, and interesting one. I did really enjoy Aya and Kiran. I loved that Aya is a fighter, smart, and resilient. She never gave up and always tried to work her current situation to her advantage. She doesn’t have the most easy going personality, but I imagine it’s hard to trust anyone except those the closest to you when you live the majority of your life looking over your shoulder trying to avoid capture.  Kiran is a pretty strong character himself. He didn’t seem afraid to take risks, but he was smart about the choices he made. They worked well together. The romance between them  in the story was nicely done. It didn’t feel rushed and there was no insta-love thrown in.

RATING: 3 out of 5.


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