Girl in the Arena
Lyn is a neo-gladiator’s daughter, through and through. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family.
Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator....more
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to fight uber, the guy who killed her 7th father and took her dowry bracelet, so she can claim her now threatened independence and prevent being a glad-wife like her mother, who represents everything she doesn't want to be. but there's also thad, her unusual 8-year-old brother, seemingly able to predict the future, who she wants to take care of.
But when Lyn’s bracelet is picked up in the arena by her father’s killer and she has to choose between...more
This book is about Lyn, who has had seven gladiator fathers, due to her mothers career as a Glad wife. As a substitute to war, an entire Glad culture has arisen, blood sport being just as common as football. Lyn's life is ruled by bylaws put forth by the Gladiator Sports Association. It is these bylaws that say she is required, through a chain of unfortunate events,...more
Closing one eye the fictional turns of the past decades and the imagined outcome for the present even seem almost likely. But the likelihood of the exact setting does not strike me as so important. If you peel away the alterations, you basically find the...more
To help you understand where I'm coming from I need to go back. Way...more
Where to start, where to start.
Let's begin with the world building. Girl in the Arena takes place in an alternate world where basically everything is the same, only gladiator fighting is a thing. A big thing. Let's stop here. Why would millions of people watch two guys hacking away at each other (and one eventually being murder...more
The book is a satire of modern society-- of its fascination with horror, violence, and celebrities. It is set in the future, and follows Lynn, a daughter of a neo-gladiator. Essentially her father's job (he is the neo-gladiator) is to fight to the death on live television. Pretty great job, eh? The books begins with Lynn's account of the history of the neo-gladiator sport, so the readers have some background about what is happening.
I was super pessi...more
In today's society, we enjoy brutal sports like World Wrestling Entertainment and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Imagine, if you will, a world where we also couldn't wait for the next gladiator match.
Lyn lives in just such a world. In fact, she is deeply entrenched in the Glad lifestyle. Lyn's mother has had seven husbands - all Glad fighters. She has been widowed six times, her husbands always dying in the arena. Her latest husband, Tommy, is...more
"These are not my enemies."
My Rating: 7/10
Lise Haines' Girl in the Arena is spectacular! The story was centered around a girl named Lyn, who had 7 fathers. All 6 were dead and Tommy is the 7th. All 7th were gladiators.
Then came one fight--and Tommy's dead. Allison (Lyn's mom) can't support Thad (Lyn's brother) and Lyn anymore. Caesar's (the Hollywood in the gladiator world) won't let Allison marry for the 8th time, cause 7 is the limit.
Lyn had given her bracelet...more
I feel like I should be typing in all caps with a whole lot of exclamation points. I...more
Lyn, the daughter of the seven glads. After her father is killed in a gladiator fight, she has to marry her fathers murderer, and to get out of this marriage she will do anything, even if it means going into the arena herself. The characters were okay if not a little to bland. One pacifist who is forces to sit through her fathers' fights, one best friend who i in love with the main character, one gladiator who had to kill the man he SAYS he admires. The one character i re...more
I just finished re...more
Another thing I'd like to say was that this book, Girl in the Arena, was not what I expected it to be.
I started reading it a while ago, but I got a little bored. The writing style, to start off with, was a bit - shall I say confusing - but after a while, I started to think of it as rather beautiful. It wasn't always clear what Lise Haines meant/what Lyn meant, but I think that was the beauty of it. It was written in such...more
The story could have been really good, there were good ideas it just lacked the execution. I did like the letter written in the beginning of the book that details the history of the current day Gladiators, but it kind of fell from there. I think mixing the world of the Gladiators with actual current day things and people distracted from the story.
I felt like any time the story was about to...more
What stood out to me in this book was how well fleshed out everything was. The gladiator world is colorfully and completely drawn out and inserted in to our world. On the one, I liked that, but on the other hand I (for some...more
Oh where to begin? Yes I know! This book was terrible. I thought this was a self-published book at first. My biggest reason for disliking this book? There are no freaking punctuation/quotation marks!
Example: -Don’t you dare- I said viciously –this is ridiculous- I thought to myself.
And this went on and on throughout the whole book! I had no idea where the thought started and ended and when she was really saying anything out loud. It was to tedious to read trying to fig...more
This was a fun read. With a definitely unique plot, as well as a writing style I've rarely seen employed, and a messed up yet still fighting female protagonist, it was definitely an enjoyable book.
That said, there were a ton of problems with the actual world presented - although somewhat completely science fiction, with aspects of American society that would never be allowed today (and...more