The Glass Arrow
By: Kristen Simmons
Title: The Glass Arrow
Author: Kristen Simmons
Copyright date: 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy/dystopian
Synopsis: " Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some ma’s forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they’re all used up. Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole like in the mountains, looking our for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her. Stolen from her home and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom… if she can truly trust him.”
Cover: The cover was not that appealing. The colors and the arrow can draw you in but once your pick it up it looses its appeal. The actual hardback cover is teal with red letters on the spine. The title and the cover focus on the arrow when that is only a tiny part of the story. It was very misleading.
Theme: The author is a feminist so you can really see that throughout the book. The theme revolves around the "woman" having self worth and value when the society sees them as property.
Point of view: It is narrated by the main character- Aya
Intended Audience: This is definitely a YA book, it is written for the teens of this generation.
Author Style: Kristen Simmons has her own way of writing that I like which is why I picked up this book but there is nothing that special. She writes as you are smart and you know what you are talking about when it comes to these type of books.
Characters: The main character is Aya, she was a good character but there was no character development throughout the book. I liked her personally because shes sacrifices everything for family which makes her relatable. She is also very hot headed which is not a trait you see a lot in books now. The love interest is Kiran. He had character development and changed by the end of the book. I believe he was good for Aya.
Plot: The plot flowed well throughout the book and ended well. There was more than one climax, which made the book more interesting because there was more than one thing that I couldn't wait to read. Even though it was not written in the present day it was very believable.
Setting: Most of the book took place in the mountains and in Glasscastor city. I know in the synopsis it said it was ten generations in the future but it had a lot of both present and future, which made it hard to figure out the time setting.
My Opinion: The first thing I could think of after finishing this book was that Article 5 was so much better than this book. This story was not as relatable and couldn't really get into the mindset of the book. Yes it was a good read and I do not regret reading this book but I would not read it again.
Would you recommend this book?? Yes!
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