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The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons is a pretty hyped book and I was excited to get my hands on a copy. I had actually been planning on trying to read the whole thing but found I just wasn’t in the mood for the tone so instead it gets to be my first Just Hatched! I read 8% of The Glass Arrow, which is actually a fair bit more than the first chapter, but I was stuck waiting for a prescription to fill so what else was I to do? ;-)

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Glass Arrow from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons {Just Hatched}

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Published by Tor Teen on Feb. 10th, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.

How is the writing style?

The writing of The Glass Arrow is rather blunt and dark in a YA kind of way. It certainly isn’t as dark as many adult books I’ve read, but there aren’t really any rainbows and butterflies to be found and the writing is sure to drive that home.

General tone of the beginning?

The beginning of The Glass Arrow is action-packed because it starts with Aya on the run from Trackers and quickly seeing friends fall and being captured. We very soon get our first look at the Garden where girls are kept before being auctioned off and lots of discussion of the City and a bit of what is going on. The girls in the Garden are generally happy to be there, making for a strange setting when Aya definitely doesn’t want to be there.

How’s the main character?

Aya doesn’t seem to be a main character I’ll get along with well. There’s something about being in her head that just kind of annoys me. She is very aware that her way of living is superior to being in the City and while she is probably right, she just seems like a brat.

Setting, genre, etc?

While you might think The Glass Arrow would have some fantasy to it based on the cover, it doesn’t seem like there is any magic to be had here. It is pretty much straight dystopian sci-fi that is a bit weak on the logic of how this future came to be and heavy on the horribleness of the situation.


  1. What are you talking about, I already finished it last night (~5 stars)
  2. Definitely going to be reading this next (~4 stars)
  3. Keeping and hoping to get back to (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

I’m going to have to go with a two on The Glass Arrow. It is really not appealing to me based on what I’ve read and I have been finding myself not wanting to pick up my Kindle if it means trying to make progress on The Glass Arrow. I’m sure that someone in the mood for the dreary setting and fascinated by worlds where women are in short supply will like it. I’m just pretty over this premise at this point I think.

Want to know what someone thought of the whole thing? Check out Pabkins’ review!

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I’m liking this feature! I find that my first impressions of a book are often accurate predictors of how I’ll feel at the end and it’s fun kind of experiencing that initial phase of getting to know a book with you.
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    • Yey :D It’s honestly been really refreshing typing up thoughts at that stage too since we so rarely do as book bloggers!

  2. Like Bec said , I thought this was going to be a fantasy as well based on the cover lol. I however did finish the book and thought it had some merit to it, just not in regards to the world building, but the direction it took and the relationshIp was well built.
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  3. I honestly thought this would be fantasy based on the cover and the whole arrow thing. The Glass Arrow isn’t a very dystopian title, even the hunting aspect makes me think fantasy. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to read it though. I like dark YA and action. BUT if the main character can be a real turn off :/ And the fact that it doesn’t seem to explain what happened to the world and females that created such a situation (this could be explained later on though.)
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    • Right?? That was exactly my problem and I didn’t believe the blurb like I should have D: It sounds like there is the usual explanation for the shortage of women later on along the lines of people wanting sons, blah blah blah ;-)

  4. I just seen this one the other day and it sounded cool but I think I might pass on it. Great review. :)

  5. I wasn’t really interested in reading this one to begin with, but it’s unfortunate that you don’t like it. I’ve other low reviews for it too.
    I like your new feature by the way! :)

  6. So far the early reviews I’ve read for this one are a tad…underwhelming. Which is unfortunate since I’d had high hopes for it. Ah well, they can’t all be winners can they?! In our case though, we have soooo many books to read, and busy lives as it is, can’t really waste time on books that just don’t do it for you so I don’t blame you one bit. I still might give it a go since I like (well-written) dystopians and this might just pick up as the story progresses.
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    • Agreed, I totally bought into the hype train D: I think that if you are really wanting to read a harsh dystopian, you’ll like it since I’ve seen good reviews along those lines, but you have to be in the right mood ya know?

  7. I was sort of looking forward to this, or at least checking it out, but the more reviews I read, I think I’ll skip.

    It is pretty much straight dystopian sci-fi that is a bit weak on the logic of how this future came to be and heavy on the horribleness of the situation. That sums up her first book too, for me.

  8. Wow! I’ve read great reviews on this one, but before I say anything else, can I just mention how much I love this post! It’s like I walked in with so much curiosity and you totally fulfilled it ha ha! Still, I think I may give it a go, I really do enjoy dystopia; especially when there is an oppressive ambiance to it, like women in short supply :P
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  9. I’ve seen a lot of hype for Glass Arrow but haven’t been all that interested. Your initial impressions validate my gut instinct. Yay! :)
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  10. Hmm I think this would probably be up my alley actually, since I love dystopia and have a higher tolerance for brats than you do (Celaena for example). The one worrisome point for me is the shaky world building, but I think I’ll add this to my list! Love this feature!
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  11. I have 2 of her books and haven’t read any of them yet. From what you wrote, it wouldn’t be my cup of tea but so many people love her that I don’t know. I would give it a little more time (I am usually a 100 page cut off anyway)
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