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Gunslinger Girl

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,649 ratings  ·  663 reviews
James Patterson presents a bold new heroine—a cross between Katniss Everdeen and Annie Oakley: Serendipity Jones, the fastest sharpshooter in tomorrow's West.

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity "Pity" Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. She's been offered a life of fame and fortune in Cessation, a glittering city where lawlessnes
Hardcover, 422 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Jimmy Patterson
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Miranda Reads
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-series, audiobook

Welcome to Cessation, Serendipity Jones. The last place on the continent where you can do whatever the hell you want.
Serendipity "Pity" Jones is a seventeen-year-old gunslinger in a futuristic wild west world.

Her mother lived on a commune and raised three children with a man she abhorred.

Pity's mother did her best in a bad situation but ultimately, her drinking got the best of her.
Right and wrong isn’t so easy, is it? Sometimes the choices we make are a little bit of both.
Half-orphaned (
James Patterson
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A girl who can draw a pistol faster than any man. A United States devastated by a Second Civil War. A decadent city teeming with vice and a particular kind of virtue. Lyndsay Ely imagines a new West where gunslinger Serendipity "Pity" Jones seeks her fortune. And you won't be able to put this book down until you finish Pity's thrilling story. I know I couldn't. ...more
Cristina Monica
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopia
I approve of James Patterson’s initiative to publish strong, kickass heroines that conquer their fears and push through obstacles in their lives, but a strong and kickass protagonist is not enough to make a story enjoyable. If I claimed otherwise in the past, I was a fool, because the storyline has to be worth reading, too. And this story, with its odd and messy western dystopian setting and elements, was just not enjoyable. Even the villains were too ugly, frustrating, cliché and annoying to lo ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, arc, dystopia
“Welcome to Cessation, Serendipity Jones. The last place on the continent where you can do whatever the hell you want.”

I didn't know Gunslinger Girl existed before the day it arrived on my doorstep. I didn't know what to expect, only what the cover and the blurb suggested: an explosive blend of futuristic dystopia and Wild West laced with danger, conspiracies and intrigue. It is with great pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, to declare that Lyndsay Ely's debut stayed true to its promise!

Candace Robinson
I was confused by this one. Not to say it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t for me. From the cover, the title, the blurb, and even the beginning ... I thought I was going to get something very the Quick and the Dead
like, except set in the future. Instead it was a hodgepodge of things, and the western stuff is only in the first few chapters.

As for characters, this is a small thing, but I just didn’t like the name Pity, so since it was written in third person I kept seeing Pity, Pity, PITY! I would hav
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fans of WESTWORLD will devour this and beg for more! Dark as a dystopian future and wild as the old West, this is a debut to keep in your sights.
Shae McDaniel
May 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
It is entirely possible that the story improves past page 76, but I just can't stick it out. This book reads like bargain basement YA from 2007. It does nothing new. It takes the standard dystopian tropes, adds some Western "flavoring," and calls it a day. You have a horrifically misogynistic commune (literally called the Commune) where everyone talks like an old time Western painted over in sepia and women are coveted for being fertile and traded from commune to commune as underage brides. Of c ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well... I've got a bit to say here. Some of it will refer specifically to this edition, that is the audio. Other things will be general comments. I liked the idea behind this book . I'm a fan of "weird westerns", "science fiction westerns" etc. and frankly they are either way too few of them or their just really hard to find. I've picked up most every book I've come across that might/may fit the title/description fantasy type western...and sadly most have been, well to be charitable weak.

This bo
Jean |  BookRampage
Given this books ending, I can totally see one in the future. But if not, break my heart why don't you?
I need to get my thoughts in order but I will say now that was an incredible debut novel.

Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“Survival was about who stood beside you."

Lyndsay Ely will be stopping by for a live chat on my Facebook Group Book Group on July 26th at 8PM EST- be sure to come check it out! TBR and Beyond

This was not at all what I was expecting. Tough ass chick? Check. Political intrigue? Check. Theater/side show storyline? Check again, wait what?

Yep, you heard it. The setting for this gem of a book is a town where anything can happen and danger is always around the bend and that includes the theater th
Darque  Dreamer
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-reads
Fast paced and riveting, Gunslinger Girl is sure to thrill you! Praise goes to Lyndsay Ely for creating a world where the wild west meets a dystopian future. This story has adventure, danger, and a bold heroine you won’t soon forget!

The Plot: Serendipity wants nothing more than to be free of her tyrannical father and unhappy life in the commune. She jumps at the first chance of freedom, but quickly learns that it comes with a price. She soon finds herself in the city of Cessation, full of decade
Erin Bowman
My official blurb: Equal parts futuristic dystopia and gritty western, GUNSLINGER GIRL is genre-bending at its finest. Much like the theater in which her sharpshooting heroine performs, Ely's debut dazzles and stuns.
This was an okay read. Pity's tired of her life in the commune and wants nothing more than to escape from her abusive father. He's decided to trade her to another commune because she's fertile and they are short on women that can bear children. Pity's determined that won't be her life and plots to escape on her own. She gets her chance when her friend, Fin decides that she wants to see the world and won't let Pity leave without her. The moment doesn't last long and Pity finds herself in Cessatio ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars for Gunslinger Girl (audiobook) by Lyndsay Ely read by Christie Moreau. This was a fun story about a girl finding her self in a new wild west, after the second civil war. I heard her character described as a dystopian Annie Oakley and I think that’s really on the mark. The story was interesting and the narration was great.
Tomes And Textiles
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This wasn't for me. Not at all. I thought that by cover and title, this would be about a gunslinging girl in the wild west. Just look at the cover. This is what they're selling you as a reader. While the beginning did feel like we were in an alternative wild west, 85% of the novel took place within a carnival. Instead of focusing on the wonder and weirdness of carnival life, though, the novel focused on a scared girl who was anything but a gunslinger because of her huge conscience or fear of doi ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, young-adult, fantasy
If Louis L'Amour wrote MOULIN ROUGE and set it in the Capitol of Panem... you'd have GUNSLINGER GIRL. (Okay, so I've actually never *read* a Louis L'Amour book—I know, Mom, don't hate me—but he was the most notable Western writer I could think of.) I can honestly say I've never read another book quite like Lyndsay Ely's debut... and I can also honestly say I'll probably never forget it! Ely's characters and setting are both larger-than-life; fans of THE HUNGER GAMES will love the complex politic ...more
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
PS this book awesome. Excited to chat with the author this month. Such a fun dystopian and the ending made much more sense to me the second time around.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 Stars

Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely is an alternate history about a strong-willed girl named Serendipity “Pity” Jones; who is an amazing shot and learned everything she knows from her mother. Since the second Civil War things never really returned to the way life was before. Readers find out early on that losing her mom took a toll on her and her family. Pity has two brothers and a father that treat her like she is their maid, they don’t want her to leave but want her to marry rich. Since t
As much as I'd like to say I don't judge a book by its cover, sometimes I do pick one up solely because the cover calls to me. Isn't this cover intriguing? I want to be her. So I picked it up and read her in almost one sitting (darn that work shift getting in the way), and now I can't stop talking about how much I love this book. It's a debut novel, too! Which means to me, and no pressure, Lindsay, but I'm excited for all the years of reading your works ahead of me.
Shelf-talker: Watch out, Annie

Gunslinger Girl is about Seredipity, aka Pity, Jones. She is the best sharpshooter ever. Okay, maybe not like ever ever.. but she's pretty bad ass. I really enjoyed her character throughout the book. The way she viewed this world and theater was just mind blowing. Nothing was black and white - everything was just shades of grey. This book also kind of gave me a vibe of the show Westworld which I've only seen a few episodes of but I did enjoy it and this book immensely. Now I feel lik
Justin Turczak
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finished gunslinger girl and wasn't as western book Ssi thought and not as dystopian either that it hints to. It's more of circus book if sorts and trying to decide from what is right and wrong. Overall of book is ehh but it's ending gets better. 3.5-4ish stars/5.
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
The only thing “Wild West” and “Western” about this book is the fact the main character wields 2 revolvers. Other than that, I got nothin’..
Aneta Bak
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-own
Gunslinger Girl was a powerful book set in a dystopian western society. It was so creative and unique, I loved every minute of it.

Pity can't wait for the day she can escape the commune. After her mother's death, Pity has lived a life of being told what to do by her father. When her father returns to town and tells Pity of his plan to sell her off to some stranger because she's "fertile," Pity decides that her escape is either now or never. Pity is taken to Cessation where she is offered a life o
Ashley Speakman
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book is very different from any book I've ever read. It is set in a futuristic Wild West. I was hooked from the first page. Here was a girl who called herself Pity. Her life was terrible. She and her BFF Finn attempt to escape to a big city and out of the confines of Pity's abusive father. She's escapes with her dead mother's two guns. Pity finds herself in Cessation. It's like a carnival city with a fortress at the center called Cassmir . Pity is set to train to be in the city's theater ac ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
An okay read but Pity was a bit obnoxious and slow on the uptake so to speak. The ending was a bit unsatisfactory. I did enjoy the emerging relationship between Pity and Max the most out of everything that happens in this book but honestly the book was like a slow movie; where you are just going with the flow and not too invested in what is happening or what will happen.

My quick and simple overall: an okay read that I was hoping for more from.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review by Date a Book/Hachette Books Australia. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

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This debut western/dystopian was really good and it's not getting as much buzz as it deserves!

I'm honestly hoping and praying that there is going to be a sequel because I NEED!
Cori Reed
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Gunslinger Girl is part Western, part Dystopian, and a hell of a lot of fun. I really enjoyed exploring the lawlessness of Cessation and the intricate workings of how politics were working. There were definitely some twists and turns when it came to who was crossing who and I did not predict the outcome!

This book has a lot of heart and I definitely recommend adding it to your TBRs!
M.K. England
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A futuristic wild west? YES PLEASE. Gunslinger Girl had me hooked right from the start with characters I could hear so clearly and a world both dazzling and dark in equal measure. There's a heroine you can empathize with, a light romance you can honestly root for, and a setting so compelling you almost don't mind the corruption at its heart. Wholly unique and highly recommended.
Just Reading Everything
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant, expertly-written Western YA that includes incredible world building, a strong-as-hell, kickass female character, a sweet romance, and an action-packed plot! This debut is simply stunning — and hard to put down!
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
4.5 stars...

Not exactly what I was expecting but very good nonetheless. I had this mental image of a more traditional western setting but this world is more lawless than western and set in a futuristic time period- parts of it kind of reminded me of Mad Max Fury Road. All-in-all it was a pretty cool story. If there's a sequel, I'm definitely going to read it.
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