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
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.
- What are you talking about, I already finished it last night (~5 stars)
- Definitely going to be reading this next (~4 stars)
- Keeping and hoping to get back to (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- 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?
The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
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