The Glass Arrow is a high-intensity read that will stay with you days later…
Book Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Title & Author: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Dystopia
Release Date: February 10, 2015
How I Got the Book: ARC via publisher
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. ”
Buckle Your Seat Belts…
Let me cut right to the chase. Because I love a good list, here are some of the amazing things you can expect from The Glass Arrow:
- Aya, the main character, is out of this WORLD fierce and fantastic
- I haven’t read world-building this good in a looooong time
- There’s non-stop action and tons of twists and surprises
- This book will break your heart, glue it back together and then break it again
The Glass Arrow is a book you’ll be wanting to read if you’re a fan of girls who kick ass. Because Aya is NOT playing around.
She lives in the forest with a family of fellow women who choose to live alone than be sold like cattle to the highest bidder. Food is scarce and women are few, which is why in this dystopia, women are actioned off to men for pleasure or childbearing.
When Aya is finally caught, she is determined to get back to her family – to protect her sisters from a similar fate.
Aya is basically my hero. She refuses to be owned and is so very determined to see her family again. I LOVED her raw ferocity and strength.
Then, there’s the futuristic world that Simmons creates. It’s well-thought out, described interestingly and is kinda creepy in how realistic its presented.
What is amazing about The Glass Arrow is the message. The whole story is about belonging to yourself and refusing to be owned by anyone else in all the obvious and subtle ways.
Simmons also did a great job of adding in a romance that was both engaging and beautiful but not the focus of the story. It certainly plays a role, but other bigger issues are given the real attention.
My only wish was for a more in-depth wrap up at the end, but there’s enough to satisfy most readers, I think. I just like to make 100 percent sure my faves are taken care of, you know? I got so invested!!
Random comment: I love a good villain. Some bad guys are obvious or weak, but The Glass Arrow gives us people to truly hate, and I’m not gonna lie – it was fun!
I loved this book. It had everything I crave in a good, solid read – an world rich enough to sink your teeth into, a wickedly fierce heroine and so much adventure that your head will be spinning with the awesomeness of it all. The Glass Arrow is definitely a stand out fantasy/dystopia!