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The Glass Arrow

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  5,613 ratings  ·  916 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, 334 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen
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Sorry I missed this question somehow! No, GLASS ARROW is a standalone story. Thanks for asking!

Hi Chrissa,

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Paula M
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-releases
***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
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 t
Jul 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
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 fel
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)
Sep 21, 2012 marked it as to-read
You had me at Blood Red Road.
nick (the infinite limits of love)

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 D.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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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
Natalie (Never trust a duck)
Just not my cup of tea. But I still adore the cover.
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
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
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 (The Psychotic Nerd)
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 thi
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
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, ya-addiction
Review found at:

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
The Handmaid's Tale meets YA Dystopia. And, without all of that silly depression and despondency that comes with The Handmaid's Tale. There is hope in this one. YA style hope, meaning there is a boy involved, but still, it was much better than I expected it to be. Because, love-interest or not, our heroine is more interested in being free than chasing a guy around.

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
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars -- I found the main character quite juvenile and the relationships to be very underdeveloped. The narrative writing style was well done but the story just seemed a little bit all over the place to me, and I found it hard to sympathise with any of the characters. The cringe factor was very well done though. They way society works in this novel, where women are seen as slaves meant to be sold off to men, left me angry and upset, but in a good way. It caused me to really think and reflect ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone who loves strong female lead
“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
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
Joy (joyous reads)
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
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
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utterly captivating read both for having an engrossing story to tell and also for the sheer haunting poetic verse of the prose. As a big fan of YA, I have to say that Kristen Simmons is right at the top and has written one of the genre's most tour-de-force novels. She truly is the master of the dystopian and she weaves her tales with such conviction for the human struggle. For any who is a fan of dystopian, YA, or Kristen Simmons--of if you're just a fan of superb writing at the hands of a true ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
My brain is on a go slow and I'm feeling under educated this morning so I'll keep it short.

I loved the auction storyline and the world setting, but it fell a bit flat pace wise for me.
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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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Aug 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, wuuuuuut
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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
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Kristen Simmons is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, METALTOWN, PACIFICA, and the upcoming DECEIVERS. She loves her family, Jazzercise, and chocolate cupcakes. She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

For more updates on Kristen and her writing, follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @kris10writes.

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“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.” 21 likes
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