The Glass Arrow
by Kristen Simmons
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.
I’ve had The Glass Arrow on my TBR for years and bought it quite a while ago on The Book Outlet but never got around to it. I remember reading a review by Nori and it totally made me want to read it.
This book ended up as the June Rock My TBR book for the yearly book challenge I’m hosting. I’ve done pretty bad this year so far with the challenge but I was determined to read this book!
Confession: Honestly, I thought this book was fantasy! The cover looked like it was but it’s actually a spin on dystopian. This is what I get for never reading summaries. Whoops.
What I liked:
- The world building: This was an interesting take on dystopian. There was technology (skyscrapers, tablets, tvs, etc.) but they also reverted back to hunting and horse back riding. No motor vehicles.
- The main character Aya. She was fiercely protective of her family and when she was caught to be sold as a slave she NEVER gave up her fight. She was determined no matter how much she suffered to escape.
- Intensity. I found this book pretty intense at moments and to be honest, I had no idea where the story was gonna go. I’m always glad when it’s unpredictable.
- Feminism: This was an interesting book that dealt a lot with women’s right, or lack there of in this world. Women are treated almost as evil and are only necessary for producing babies. They are sold to men. It was quite horrifying at the what the men in this book were like.
- The romance was enjoyable and felt “real” in this book.
What I didn’t like:
- I thought the ending got a little slower paced.
Overall I found this book a quick and enjoyable read! It made me attach to the characters and the suffering they were put through. Characters are put through the fire but come out stronger in the end. If you want a kick butt main character who fights for what’s right then this book is for you! I gave it 4 stars.
It’s also a standalone which I was glad for! It gets hard starting a new series sometimes.