ARC REVIEW + GUESTPOST: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
TITLE: The Glass Arrow
AUTHOR: Kristen Simmons
PUBLICATION: Published February 10th 2015 by Tor Teen
GENRE: YA > SciFi | Dystopia
PAGES: 336pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: earc via publisher
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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 ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
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 well developed. The heroine– Aya, is a kickass. She’s sassy and strong willed. And Kiran… how do I express my love for Kiran?? He’s adorable and gorgeous. You will feel the emotions of every character rolls off in every page that’s why you’ll really be invested to this story. The world building is perfection and the plot was well thought and it was executed very well. I love how Aya’s story progresses. Aya had a lot of inner monologue that’s why the reader will thoroughly witnessed how Aya develops into a much stronger character.
The book is more into the action than into romance which isn’t a bad thing in here because first, Aya is young. She’s too young for any sexiness and hotness. Second, Kiran and Aya’s friendship is enough. I’m already swooning as long as they’re both together. Third, its not really the point of the book.
My last good point is that The Glass Arrow will really appeal to any female reader. Don’t get me wrong, its perfect for everybody! But what I’m saying is that this book is soooo into feminism. It showed through Aya’s actions. I had like, a week, to mull over everything that happen in the book and I realized that, in a way, everything in the book acts like a symbol to what’s happening in our world today. Kristen may be planning world domination right now and we don’t know it! WE DON’T KNOW!
I deducted one star because I did think that it was a bit slow at the first part but I think that’s just because I’m not into this genre that much. Its very rare for me to read books that are fantasy or dystopia.
Overall, I think its obvious that the book is amazing. Kristen’s writing is extremely visual and she’s just plain brilliant. Brilliant! This book is action packed and genuinely terrifying, an absolute must read!
Character profiles / Getting To Know The Characters
Hi Paula! Thanks so much for having me! There are many players in THE GLASS ARROW, but three that stand out for me. These three were the ones who drove the story while I was writing it, and I loved getting to know them. I hope you and your readers do too!
Aya is 15 when the book starts, but far from naïve. She’s spent her whole life living in hiding in the mountains with other women and children. Her mother, once a prisoner within the capitol city, has told her stories of what will happen if she gets caught – she’ll be taken to a facility, prepped for the auction stage, and sold to the highest bidder for companionship and breeding purposes. This is unacceptable to Aya. She embraces her freedom, and values it above all else. When she is captured, she does everything she can to escape and reconnect with the people and life that she loves. She’s fierce, determined, and smart, and I loved writing about her.
Kiran is a mystery – one revealed slowly over the course of the story. He’s part of the lowest ranking class – the Drivers, keepers of the horses – and has subjected himself to discrimination all his life for the purpose of getting what he needs from the city. The biggest challenge he faces? (And that I faced while writing him?) He can’t speak. None of the Drivers can. So when he meets Aya, he finds other ways to communicate. Kiran is honorable, kind, and respectful, in a world where men have a power advantage over women. Staying true to his values has to be a challenge, but he never falters.
Finally, Daphne. She may not be everyone’s favorite character at first, but I hope she’ll grow on them. Daphne grew up in the city, and has been indoctrinated since birth to serve the man who buys her. She buys into this seemingly wholeheartedly, until challenged by Aya to take ownership of her own power and recognize her self worth.
Thank you for letting me share my characters with you! I hope you love them as much as I do!
You can also check out the Book Trailer here:
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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