The Glass Arrow
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
☑ 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 t ...more
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 ...more
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 fel ...more
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) (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)[Unlike nearly all dystopians, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 thi ...more
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 ...more
Ok first off, I HATE The Handmaid's Tale. So when I got this book and THAT is what it said? Yikes. However I LOVED Blood Red Road so putting two books that's I've read and have polar opposite thoughts and feelings on...well I was interested!
I didn't really know what I was getting into, however I was hooked from the first few pages. This book was very well written, with some very raw, emotional, and controversial scenes/topics, I felt I am giving it, it's proper ...more
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 ...more
“What’s a glass arrow?” she asks without turning around.“Once, a long time ago, when the grass was grazed too thin and the game was scarce, Fox and Deer sang to Mother Hawk for food to end their families’ suffering.She flew down from the sky with an arrow made of green glass and told them that she’d give it to the winner of a race across the country. Fox thought the race was a waste of time and went to the lowlands in search of food. So Deer ran the path Mother Hawk had chosen alone. Into the...more
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 ...more
In this imagined world, women are a dying breed. So in an attempt to preserve the population, fertile wome ...more
I loved the auction storyline and the world setting, but it fell a bit flat pace wise for me. ...more
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 rea ...more
Actual rating: 1.5 stars
At this point, I’m largely uninterested in dystopian fiction. I burned out big time in the onslaught that followed Divergent. It’s not even that I dislike the genre, but that I no longer had much of an idea what the genre actually was and that so many of them weren’t good. Simmons’ Article 5 was among the handful that I liked. As such, I was still looking forward to The Glass Arrow, especially due to ...more
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Yes, I think. I am just a woman.”