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The Glass Arrow

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,953 ratings  ·  546 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen
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Sometimes you just know from the start if a book is for you or not. I simply can't this one... dnf.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 a
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
The world is not ending. Nobody is special. Nobody has a special gift. There's no insta-love. THERE'S NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!!

Is it possible??!? YES PEOPLE. IT IS. And I have found it. I have found The Book.

The Glass Arrow is utterly captivating. Since Kristen has a very special Guest Post for us, I'm gonna keep this review a short one. So this is what I'll tell you: Simmons' writing is strong. She made a very terrifying world and yet, you can't help but be enthralled.

Every character in here is
Faye, la Patata
When you hear the words "young adult dystopian", what are the first things that come to your mind? Wait, don't bother; I'm going to do a checklist for you:

There is a special, teenage snowflake...
... who insists she is average and normal...
... but catches the attention of one or two or three love interests...
... who without the help of experienced adults...
... manages to topple an oppressive government/system.

Am I right, or am I right?

However, you need not fear because The Glass Arrow took a comp
The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road? Sign me up! And unlike most times, I actually agree with that description. The Glass Arrow is a story about a girl living in a terrifying world where women are sold like livestock to the highest bidder. Fortunately for her, she has been raised in the wild, away from it all. Until now… she gets caught by hunters and she's shown no mercy.

Being a fan of Kristen's Article 5 series, I had high hopes for this one. Even though I didn't absolutely love it, it d
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)

Because I couldn't wait any longer to share my thoughts with you guys. (Pre-order this book. You can thank me later.)

Wow, you guys. WOW. This book blew me away! I knew I was going to love it from the very first page. (And that cover!!) The first chapter is explosive and I was hooked right from the start. Glass Arrow is a beautiful and wild ride!

The world building was epic! It painted a very vivid picture in my head, and I could easily see this being a movie. (It neeeeds to be a movie!) I felt l
Sep 21, 2012 Carmen marked it as to-read
You had me at Blood Red Road.
Grace (LovingDemBooks)
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I received a free advanced reader's edition and finished hardcover of this book from the publisher (Tor Teen) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I just finished reading this title. Full review to come. Sadly, as much as I wanted to, I really couldn't get into this book and enjoy it.

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be w
Nick ••[Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist]

Kristen Simmons has fast become one of my favorite authors. I was ecstatic to find out that she was releasing a new book this year and even more excited that it was a dystopian because she excels at writing those. With The Glass Arrow, Kristen Simmons, once again proved why she is an auto-buy author for me. Intense, action-packed and emotionally draining, The Glass Arrow is Kristen's strongest book yet.

In any book, it's the characters that really make the story. The Glass Arrow featured one of m
Jenna (Bookiemoji)
Review also available at Jenna Does Books!

Only one book that I’ve read in recent months can drag me back out from the cave I’ve burrowed myself inside – a book that challenges all that exists in YA literature and dares to be a most shocking and intense experience for readers…

THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons is that book. Sadly, it won’t be released until February 2015, but you NEED to have this on your radar NOW.

Trust me. You do.

Kristen Simmons is an author who knows how to write. Perhaps it
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Initial Thoughts: Oh what a great ending!! A solid standalone, many claps and cheers from me :)

Read the full review @ A Perfection Called Books

I'll admit I was skeptical. How can one write a fantasy novel standalone? Is there enough time for world-building, characterization, and plot development and resolution? Never fear, this book blew away my worries and brought a great fantasy novel that I'm sure people will love.

My favorite element of this book is the characterization. I felt they were all
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)

Guy, I could not believe this! I was going through my 2015 list, compiling my favorites for the year and I noticed that I have missed reviewing The Glass Arrow. At first I was shocked because I liked it so much, then I was confused and then I looked at my Goodreads shelf and everything came to light. I read The Glass Arrow literally the day before my son was born.

So despite this being several months late. I figured it was still better late then never.

Wow, I have to admit, this was my first time

Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

With all the praise that I kept hearing for this book, I was prepared to be amazed yet there was some part of me that expected this book to be just like any other dystopia I’ve ever read. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it because I chose to and this book turned out to be one of the best dystopias I’ve ever read. It’s richly developed but more importantly, it’s realistic. It’s not about some girl who is going to completely change the wor
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Just not my cup of tea. But I still adore the cover.
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

This book is about Aya, who has been living in the wilds her whole life with the rest of her family. So far, they have been able to evade capture, but one day their luck runs out and Aya is taken. In this society, women are property that are sold to the highest bidder. The owners can even throw away their new 'properties' once they get enough use out of them, get tired of them. etc. Basically, women cannot have a life in this
Danielle (Love at First Page)
4-4.5 stars

The Glass Arrow is Kristen Simmon’s fourth book but second project, following her dystopian trilogy Article 5, and it shows off what a gifted storyteller she has become. She really, really impressed me with this standalone. It’s thrilling, engaging, complex, and completely unique. I was riveted from the first page to the last. Though I enjoyed Article 5, The Glass Arrow managed to surprise me with how much I fell in love with its story and its characters. She has upped her game with
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4 Stars

Kristen Simmons has done it again in this EPIC standalone, that interweaves thrilling dystopia, heart-pounding adventure, turmoil of survival, and a fresh and truly unforgettable romance, that will touch your hearts for years to come. THE GLASS ARROW definitely delivers!!!

If there's one thing I know for sure about Kristen Simmons, it's that she NEVER fails me, NEVER!!! Even though I didn't love this standalone as much as her other series, ARTICLE 5, it came pretty close!! She has this p
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
A standalone dystopian!!

I know, it's crazy!! The really insane thing is that she totally could have stretched this out into a trilogy. Hell, she could have made it into a trilogy with 2 novellas, not because it was necessary but just to squeeze more money from us (cough) The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass(cough). But she didn't and I totally appreciate that.

This isn't your typical dystopian. What sets it apart is mostly the end so don't click unless you want to be spoiled a bit... (view spoiler)
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
This is a book that, while it was on my TBR, it wasn’t on my immediate TBR. I added this book as soon as I saw the cover and summary because a) that cover is gorgeous and b) I love books with strong and fierce MC’s. But, I also really don’t like or normally read dystopias, which is why this wasn’t in my immediate TBR. It wasn’t until my friend Nick kept telling about how much she loved it and how she thought I would love it too. She’s pretty damn good at knowing what I like and don’t like, so I ...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The Glass Arrow is being lauded as a breath of fresh air in the dystopian genre--and, to some extent, I suppose it is. Yet, while Simmons latest is a vast improvement from her debut trilogy (in my opinion, at any rate), I found myself left wanting at the end. Simmons throws us into a futuristic world where the freedoms women have fought so hard to win are, once again, stripped away. In the world of The Glass Arrow, women are auctioned off for their beauty and virginity, the comb
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Originally reviewed on my blog, Not Yet Read

Women are property

The Glass Arrow features a dystopian society where women are property and the female population is kept under control by a census where female babies are put to death whenever the census gets too high.

O no, not I! – I will survive!

Aya, named ‘Clover’ by her captors is a 16 year old survivor of the wilds. She was born and raised in the wild and was captured by trackers and sold to a facility call
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars
For some reason, I was quite sure The Glass Arrow would be a fantasy book. The cover certainly points that way, and although I should not have assumed, I was still surprised to find a complex dystopia instead of the fantasy novel I was hoping for.

The world Simmons gives us is horrifying: hunger, disease and awful living conditions for everyone but the very few rich men. The women are considered to be merchandise and they are sold like objects on the meat market. They are groomed and fa
Kaitlin (Reading is My Treasure)
*Thank you to Jess @ Novel Heartbeat for lending me an ARC of this book!

The Glass Arrow was a story of freedom, strength, and sacrifice. The world was set was well built and very interesting. Scary, too. The characters were great and the heroine was amazing!

The concept of the world has been done before--with women being sold to the highest bidder for breeding and increasing the population--but the world it was set in may be one of my favorites when it comes to this concept. Women were just women
Joy (joyous reads)
Sometimes, it’s those books that leave you feeling detached that are hard to review. The ones that didn’t leave a lasting impression that are the easiest to forget. The Glass Arrow is that book for me. Kristen Simmons’ books has had that curious effect on me. Whenever I read them, I always feel like I’m on the verge of something great, but never really coming through. It’s quite frustrating.

In this imagined world, women are a dying breed. So in an attempt to preserve the population, fertile wome
"I’ve fought well, just like my ma taught me. Just like I was supposed to do. It finally feels all right to let go, and when I do, I can breathe. It feels like the first time in years that I’ve really breathed. Everything is okay now. Everyone is safe. I am free. I’ve got the glass arrow."

Amor. Amor es lo que siento hacia este libro, hacia sus personajes, su protagonista y su escritura. Y odio. Muchísimo odio a esta horrible sociedad que ve a las féminas como objetos, como cosas que puedan sat
ARC provided by Publisher.

My ma taught me one thing from the beginning: My body is mine. My own. No one else’s. Just because someone thinks they have rights to it, doesn’t make it true. I thought I understood that before, but here, in this place, it’s become more clear than ever how right she was. My flesh and blood—it’s the only thing I own, and I’ll defend it until I can’t fight anymore.

In the city of Glasscaster, women have no rights. They are raised to bear children, taught that they should
Jubilation Lee
Miriam commented the other day that just because my kids were out for summer vacation didn’t mean I could stop reviewing, but I bet she’s going to regret that now – two whiny reviews in a row! Sorry Miriam!!

Okay. The Glass Arrow. I’d heard good things--I mean, look at the other posts about this book here on Goodreads, you guys. People love this story. And so I went for it, because I figured at worst I could get some good feminist ranting out of the plot.


I read this book in one sitting yesterd
This review can also be found at my blog, There were books involved...


Ahhhh, these are the worst kinds of reviews to write. The ones where you know the book you just read was objectively not bad, and that a lot of people will like it, but it just wasn't a "you" book. That's my problem with The Glass Arrow. It really wasn't a "me" book. It had a lot of interesting elements, and a lot of potential, and a couple of good characters, but... unfortunately, it just reall
Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
The Glass Arrow is a captivating, haunting, and yet beautifully written story of a young girl's fight to survive in a world where females are scarce and the ones that survive are sold to the highest bidder for whatever purpose the buyer chooses....

As soon as I saw the synopsis for this book on Goodreads then I knew I was going to love it. I am a sucker for a good survival story and The Glass Arrow is a perfect example. The main character, Aya, is portrayed as such a strong heroine and has overco
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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series and THE GLASS ARROW (Tor Teen). She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

I will honor my mother and take care of my family.

Yes, I think. I am just a woman.”
“My ma taught me one thing from the beginning: My body is mine. My own. No one else’s. Just because somebody thinks they have rights to it, doesn’t make it true. I thought I understood that before, but here, in this place, it’s become more clear than ever how right she was. My flesh and blood–it’s the only thing I own, and I’ll defend it until I can’t fight anymore.” 13 likes
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