The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons


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Title: The Glass Arrow

Author: Kristen Simmons

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 334 (Hardcover), 352 (Paperback), 335 (Ebook)

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Thoughts:

This book…I wanted to like it. I actually loved the first part of this book. It was amazing. It’s a YA dystonia without the tropes like “the world is ending and this one kid is only one can save us all” or insta-love. Also like a lot of my favorite characters, Aya has spunk. After maybe the first half, the book started being predictable and boring.


Aya: I enjoyed her, she did seem like a “wild” child. Think Donnie from The Wild Thornberries but add a dash of scared and trying to escape.

Unique Dystonian: I typically don’t enjoy dystonians just because of the tropes, they feel the same to me. This was very different from the others I have read. A world ran by men and women sold like livestock and treat like such. That really doesn’t sound like a world I want to live that’s for sure.


Character Development:  There was little to none character development in this book. If you have been reading my review from a while, you would know it’s one of my favorite things about books. It didn’t seem like Aya didn’t really change from her experiences of being her time in the city and what she experience should had influenced her somehow

Last Half: Oh my… The last half… I felt like it killed the book for me. the two halves of this book were night and day for me. It felt like the author wanted to wrap it up in a bow and call it good. It is a standalone but I felt there could had been more. It could have been more interesting.


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